It is hard to believe that it was almost ten 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

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Last sign files for Cultus Lake

It is hard to believe but after almost a year of work, the concession and ticket signs are the last signs to be routed for this project. 

As always we started with vectors for the signs. I did a little kerning of the lettering to get things spaced right and then drew up the broken board border.

The sign chaps were created as a flat relief.

Wood grain was then added using the sandblasted wood bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION.  The letters were then created as separate reliefs, nudged into position vertically and then merged (highest) with the base relief. As quick as that the files are ready to have tool paths and be sent to the MultiCam.

I'll be showing lots more pictures of this project as it all comes together in the last six weeks. Stay tuned...