I drew up concept plans for an entire West Coast town more than five years ago. Every building and structure was styled in an energetic, steampunk/nautical flavour. I had a lot of fun creating the concepts but unfortunately the group was not able to get the funding necessary to proceed and the plan died. Those concepts (which I still own) have lain dormant in my files ever since. I am still confident that those initial ideas will some day actually be built as first envisioned. As we talked about the trade show booth I knew it was time to dust those old ideas off and showcase them once more.
Our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter and EnRoute software made designing and fabrication of the parts very easy and quick. Forming. fitting and welding up the flanges on the curved beams is still being done by hand. Our large hydraulic press makes it easier but it is still about eyeballing the curves, forming, fitting, forming, fitting until we get it right. Then everything is carefully measured, clamped into place and then welded up. The first beam will be finished tomorrow and the second one begun.