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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Sign invitational Challenge 2017 - part two

I started by clipping the train section from the sketch I posted last time. I saved this as a JGP file and imported this into EnRoute. I then sized it up to how it would be in the final piece. This drawing was then used as a reference to get the sizes right on the routing files.

I then recreated the various parts in scale, inside EnRoute. One of each size wheel was created and then duplicated to make things fast.

The train will be busting out of the sign face and so needed to have that feel of movement. To do this I used the distort/warp function to do all of the pieces at once, and keeping them in proportion.

In the next session I'll begin creating meshes and building the reliefs needed to build the bulk of this piece on the MultiCam CNC machine. Stay tuned...