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It is hard to believe that it was only seven years ago I witnessed a CNC router in action for the very first time. I was fascinated with what I saw and simply had to have one! Although I had been in the creative end of the three dimensional sign business for most of my life I didn't really know what I would do with one - but I just knew it could do fantastic stuff.

Through extensive research and LOTS of hands-on practice I quickly found out that my MultiCam router was capable of just about anything imaginable.This journal will chronicle that journey to date and continue each week with two or three entries as I continue to explore just what is possible with this wonderful tool... -dan

Monday, May 30, 2016

New in EnRoute 6

I've had the chance to test drive EnRoute 6 for a while now and love it! There are a bunch of new things and many of the old things run better and faster than ever.

One of my favourite things about the new software is that the dongle is now a thing of the past. This means you simply open the program and GO! Modern technology is a wonderful thing!

There's lots of new symmetric textures. Text can now be copied and pasted from other programs.  The fourth axis on my router is now fully supported. And you can slice reliefs easier than ever before. There's now a freehand drawing tool that is pretty cool.

Here's the link to see all of the new features...   http://enroutesoftware.com/enroute-6

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MultiCam plasma magic

Today, using our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter we cut the last large piece for theViking ships designed for Motiongate in Dubai. Over the last weeks Peter has created more than 60 precise files using EnRoute software. Hundreds of pieces have been cut from heavy steel plate. This complicated project would have been much, much harder to do any other way. We love our Multicam!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Occasion Station

There is a second station for the train that travels around NEB's Garden. It is called the Occasion Station. It is a fanciful and ornate creation that speaks of the formal English garden in which it rests. With this project we will use EnRoute Software and our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter to the max. The station will be constructed primarily of plasma cut steel although a structural frame will be hidden inside.

The Occasion Station will be the site of innumerable family celebrations for such special occasions as birthday parties, picnics, easter egg hunts, pumpkin and Christmas tree festivals and a whole lot more. It will undoubtably be both challenging and FUN!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Designs for NEB's

Design work continues on the NEB's Fun World project. It will involve many different projects including miniature golf, a train, a micro brewery and much more. Over the next weeks I'll be doing lots of drawings. As soon as the Viking ships for Dubai are done we'll kick into making all of the ideas come to life. It's going to be fun!









Monday, May 16, 2016

Dubai Viking ship progress

Since my last post showing the Viking ship frame we have made significant progress. The engineer required us to use heavy steel members with plenty of welding. The ship has to withstand lots of moving as we put it together, it travels to the galvanizer and also the long journey to Dubai in the middle east.

To facilitate it's removal from our (rather small) shop at to fit into the galvanizing vats it will break into six sections on each level. The portion that will sit in the water is thirty inches tall. The joining flange is made from eight sections of 3/8" thick plasma cut plate steel. Identical pieces were bolted together to form the seam.



We then began welding up the floor section of the hull. It is essentially a giant truss. We will finish the ship frame to this degree before unbolting the six sections and taking them out of the shop. We will reassemble the piece outside in the parking lot before we build the sides and upper keels of the ship. It will all be test fitted before it gets disassembled once more to go to the galvanizers. When that is done we'll reassemble the hull in two large sections for the concrete sculpture work. Two of these need to be built in the coming weeks.




The other project on the go is the targets. Water cannons on the ship will fire at these pieces. The largest is thirty feet long. We are about half way through tying on the galvanized wire mesh and it is looking pretty cool!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Designing with EnRoute

Almost any time I need to design something in scale EnRoute is my program of choice. The program can handle large scales without difficulty. I've designed entire theme parks using it. Currently we are in the preliminary stages of designing a new project. It will have many facets but the theme is an enchanted garden. To create the illusion of shrinking our guests to the size of fairies we'll build everything six times normal scale. One of the features will be a wheelbarrow. I designed the components of the wheelbarrow to scale using EnRoute. The figure and ground profilewas drawn with the new freehand drawing tool in the new version 6 of the software.

I then imported the drawing into PhotoShop where I manipulated the images to create a rough perspective view of the feature.


I then drew a new concept drawing using this as reference.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Heavy duty steel

We've been busy this week welding up the lower sections of the hull. The cutting files for the plate sections were all designed in EnRoute and cut on the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter. Even though there are many large pieces, they went together very quickly on account of the accuracy of the cuts. Three days into the assembly we are making good progress!