We’ve owned a MultiCam CNC router for about eight years and have figured out how to make it do some pretty neat stuff. It wasn’t long until the makers of the machine noticed. In the years since we’ve cooked up some pretty cool samples for them and have been asked to do some presentations at the International Sign Association world conference on MultiCam’s behalf. This year we were asked to go to the conference in Las Vegas once more in April and do a series of presentations in their booth.
In the first two blogs in this series about picking a CNC router I discussed learning about router specs, picking the ones we needed and then selecting a manufacturer and dealer to supply our machine. I hear a great deal of talk about routers and how much they should cost. Some of my friends have bought routers from China. Service isn’t part of the package.
In my last post I talked about discovering CNC routers and wading through the technical specs and language to determine which machine was best for our needs. Once I had determined the specifications of the machine we needed it was time to go shopping. Our new CNC router would have the following specifications: Heavy duty steel construction throughout.
I witnessed a CNC router for the first time at the International Sign Show back in 2006. I was amazed to see the machine going back and forth cutting so very fast. The machines I saw at that show were all doing cuts and not 3D. Few people were doing 3D back then. Over the course of the three day show I looked at many routers and talked with the software folks at length about what these machines were capable of
As the New Year rolls in we like to look back at what we’ve done and also to the future, hoping we can do things even better. This blog is the same. I look forward to hearing comments and suggestions from our readers.
The MultiCam has been idle for a few days as we did all the other work required to catch up to what has been routed. The golf sign (with the ship’s wheel got it’s hand sculpted wheel. Angie got the nod for that task and did a great job! We also started applying the sculpted concrete to the tree and will finish that tomorrow.
It’s not often we do multiples of any sign but the golf and park require a whole bunch of these signs – twenty eight in all. Like the rest of the signs in the park they will be dimensional. The fourteen entrance and exit signs were cleaned up with a die grinder and then the edges received their edge grains using the same tool.
Once the gears and the background of the sign received multiple coats of paint it was a simple matter of drilling the center of the gears and then gluing them in place using some short dowels to center them. Then I popped the lid on using a little epoxy to hold everything securely in place. Once the glue had dried I used the die grinder to even out the edges and add a teeny bit of texture to the top as well.