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13 Mar
2016

Instant age

The rules of the Sign Challenge competition require that our pieces be shipped in a two foot by two foot box and then be pulled out and displayed on top. Rather than drape the box I decided to make it a part of the display. To maximize the size of the centre piece it meant the walls of the box needed to be as thin as possible. Steel construction was the obvious answer and with our MultiCam CNC plasma  handy the job was easy.

11 Mar
2016

The magic is in the paint

No matter how one's dimensional work is done, whether by using software and a router or if it is done by hand the real magic happens with the paint. The current Sign Challenge piece is a good example. The routed tracks and hand sculpted vehicle body and character look great un painted.

10 Mar
2016

Fun details bottom to top!

I'm having a blast sculpting the details on the Sign Challenge piece. It's a chance to go wild with rivets and have some creative fun.  There's detail at every level of this little piece. The engine is a four cylinder Hemi and was a great deal of fun to do.

07 Mar
2016

On track…

My grand daughter Phoebe and I managed a little sculpting time this weekend. We finished the base of the sculpture and mounted the tracks. We even got a good start on the lower portion of the vehicle. I'm happy so far. I've designed the box and stand as well as the upper portions of the imaginative vehicle.

06 Mar
2016

Sign Challenge SURPRISE

There's only seven weeks to go before the 2016 Sign Challenge in Orlando at the International Sign Association Expo. I'll bet there are a bunch of sign makers now scrambling to finish designing and building their entries. Peter and I were a little smug in the knowledge that we had our entries ready to go for some time now.  Then I talked to our friends at Coastal Enterprises.

04 Mar
2016

Going from the gold

The 2016 Sign Challenge to be held at the International Sign Association Expo is coming fast! Peter's and my entry pieces have been ready since the new year but before we sent them off we had one more piece to build. It's the trophy that all of the entrants are hoping for. The design of the prize is meant to reflect the competition itself. The dimensional letters are stacked up inside a crate.

19 Jan
2016

Final pics of Peter’s Artistic Android – Sign Challenge piece

We've now taken proper pictures of Peter's Artistic Android. It is an amazing piece and when we take away the background clutter and add proper lighting the piece really comes alive in glorious detail. What is more amazing is that Peter used this piece to learn the ins and outs of EnRoute to create both the routing and plasma cutter. This was also the first time he operated both the MultiCam router and plasma cutter.

01 Jan
2016

Sign Challenge piece done

I had made it my goal to finish my Sign Challenge piece before the New Year. But like all goals the world conspires to keep you from them. I had made a good start early on, bringing the piece very close to finish. Then I got sidetracked with all manners of other projects.

25 Dec
2015

More plasma cutter eye candy

 Peter's Sign Challenge piece would have been almost impossible to accomplish without the new MultiCam plasma cutter. At the very east it made things ten times faster. The speed of the design in EnRoute and the precision of the cutting made fitting the pieces dead easy. The plasma cutter also allowed a complexity which wouldn't have been possible any other way. The top section of the box is removable and slides up into the box from the bottom