EnRoute 2017 Design Contest

Have you ever wanted to make your work stand out? At EnRoute, we are excited to announce our 2017 EnRoute Software Design Contest We’re offering some amazing prizes for designs and products in various categories, and we’d love to see your work! Entering is easy, and you could win the recognition you deserve for your hard work (in addition to several other great prizes).

 

Want to enter? Keep reading for more details!

2017 EnRoute Design Contest

We are seeking entries for four categories:

  • Signage
  • Architectural Millwork
  • Custom Furniture
  • Miscellaneous/Novelty

Your entry will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality: 0-10 points
  • Creativity: 0-10 points
  • Complexity: 0-10 points
  • Material: 0-10

All entries will be judged without names by a professional panel. The winning projects will be chosen based on the highest scores. One overall grand prize winner will be chosen. We will also choose a first and second place winner in each category.

How to Enter

To enter, all you need to do is submit your EnRoute file and a photo of the finished project. We’ll also need your name and some basic contact information.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Entries must be received by May 15th, 2017 to be eligible for the grand prize. The final deadline is June 15th, 2017. Winners be selected and announced July 2017 at AWFS.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories listed above. There will be one grand prize winner and four first and second place winners.

Grand Prize

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • $1,000
  • Publicity
  • Summit Seat
  • Airfare
  • Hotel

First Place

Each first place winner will receive:

  • $250
  • Summit Seat
  • Airfare

Second Place

Second place winners will receive:

  • Summit Seat

At EnRoute, we couldn’t be more excited to offer this opportunity for designers who use our software products. If you have any questions regarding this content or our products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can’t want to see your entries!

EnRoute Workshop 2017 – Chicago, IL

Our upcoming workshop on Enroute’s CNC software will be located in Chicago, IL

Dates: Thursday, April 27th & Friday, April 28th

Location:

Hilton Homewood Suites – Chicago Downtown
40 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will provide a box lunch each day.

For more information, click here.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

  • EnRoute Concepts Review
  • Toolpath Basics
  • Nesting
  • Output & Ordering
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Tooling Overview
  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Chicago 2-day workshop.

To register, contact us at EnRouteNA@ThinkSAi.com or (801) 229-9066

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee

 

EnRoute Workshop – Charlotte, NC

Our upcoming workshop will be located in Charlotte, NC

Dates: Thursday, March 23rd & Friday, March 24th

Location:

Fairfield Inn and Suites – Charlotte Uptown

201 S. McDowell St. 
Charlotte, NC 28204

 

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will provide a box lunch each day.

For more information, click here.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

  • EnRoute Concepts Review
  • Toolpath Basics
  • Nesting
  • Output & Ordering
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Tooling Overview
  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D CNC Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Charlotte 2-day workshop.

To register, contact us at EnRouteNA@ThinkSAi.com or (801) 229-9066

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee

 

Sign Invitational Challenge 2017 – Part four

With a fun Christmas day behind us and all of our company gone I found a little time to sneak out to the shop for a little bit today to work on a project I’ve been itching to start. And that project is my entry into next year’s Sign Invitational Challenge.

I had glued up the routed train pieces just before we broke for Christmas. They need a little sanding but they are pretty much ready for the sculpting process to begin. It is routed from 30 lb Precision Board so the pieces are nice and sturdy and easy to work with.

The next step was to design the plasma cutting files for the sheet metal base. I imported the quick sketch I had done and sized it up to 23.5″ wide. I then used this as a reference to design the jagged lines for the cuts which would form the outline of the mountain rock work. I cut two holes in the panels. The larger one at the back will be an access door for the smoke machine. The smaller irregular hole on the side is for a mineshaft – just a bonus detail for those who look close at the piece. I also cut a number into the front of the piece. I will back this up with a sheet of steel.

I then used the jigsaw tool to create the vectors.

With all of the extras deleted the files were ready to send off to the plasma cutter.

It took longer to load the steel than to cut the pieces. I sure love this wonderful machine! Tomorrow I’ll do a little grinding and then set to work beginning the assembly. Stay tuned…

Sign Invitational Challenge – building the routing file

Building the routing file for a steam train might seem daunting at first glance but it really is a sum of it’s parts. In my case I want the router to do the hard parts, bulk it out and then I will hand model the rest. The reality is you could get as detailed as you want and go the whole way with the router. It would just be a matter of time, both for 3D modelling and machining.

The secret from this point is to look at what you want to model and then break it down into simply modelled components. Each 3D piece is then built using the best tools and then combined in the end.

The vector files for my locomotive looked like this when I was done building them.

The smoke stack and boiler were built using the revolve tools. These were first built as meshes and then combined with the zero height relief to create these shapes. I then deleted the meshes. The smoke stack was first.

Meshes appear as black when unselected, green when selected. When they are rendered they appear red.

The boiler was next to be created as a mesh.

I then selected both meshes and the zero height relief. I then opened the combine meshes with relief menu and using the MERGE HIGHEST option made the meshes into a relief. When I hit render it looks like this when you are successful. I could then delete the meshes.

The steam and sand domes were next. I built them as separate reliefs using the dome tool.

When I rendered the pieces as a test I noticed the bigger dome encroached into the sloped area so I moved it back a little. When I was happy I merged highest with the zero height background.

The frame of the train was the next to get my attention. I first combined some of the components that would be the same height. Then I made them into a flat relief.

The front support for the boiler next was made into a relief. The axles were also made into a relief.


The beam which would support the train was also created at this time as was the running board and bottom of the engine cab.

I then MERGED HIGHEST all of the separate reliefs onto the zero height base relief.

I then used the SWEEP TWO RAILS function to create one half of the train rails as an I-beam. Two of these will be glued up to form each rail. This too was combined with the base relief.

I then selected my completed relief with all of the components on it and used the warp function to distort the entire relief. This would effectively bend the engine and all related components to match my concept.

After I built the wheels I sliced the relief to fit onto a sheet of 1.5″ Precision Board. I merged everything to the bottom plane and merged highest with the base relief.  I then duplicated the file and flipped it for the other half of the train. The file was then ready to tool path and send off to the router.

Sign Invitational 2017

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…

Sign Invitational 2017 – Part One

With Christmas fast approaching and some quiet days scheduled between Christmas and New Years it was time to work up my ideas for the next Sign Invitational challenge. It us my usual habit to work on personal creative projects in this period.

The design parameters for the competition are similar to last year although there are a few changes. The build envelope is still 24″ x 24″ x 72″ tall. Movement and special effects are allowed but must be triggered by the viewers. The theme is ‘Sign Magic’.

That left a lot of opportunity to be creative. As I thought about my piece this year many inspirations came to mind.
I love trains and have wanted to build a dimensional piece for some time. I decided to have a sign painter working on a bill board with the train (and trestle) bursting off the canvas beside him, showing the magic of a good illustration. The base of the display will be chiseled out as defined by the shape of the landscape. We will also cut some mineshaft into the rock work to add some interest on the plain cut step bottom portion.
As always I have a few surprises in store and they will be revealed as I get into the build.  Here’s the concept art which will serve as a basis for the construct…

Final work on the Pirate train

We moved the Trinidad pirate train back into the shop one last time today. I finally had the measurements for the cab bulkhead. I did the layout in EnRoute and then sent the files off to the MultiCam plasma cutter to do the cutting.

While the machine was doing it’s work we built new pallets for the train pieces and bolted the components to these frames. This will ensure secure shipping on their way to California so they can then be mated to the operational chassis.

We then fit and welded the 10 gauge sheet metal into place for the engine bulkhead. Gauge panels will be fastened to this sturdy framework. We only have a little sculpting to finish off this project.

We can hardly wait to see all of this detail driving down the tracks!

Back in production

After two hectic weeks on job sites far from home it is good to be back in the shop! While I was gone Peter and the crew have been very busy. The first 53 foot semi load of arches, beams and posts are ready to send on their way right after New Years. The shop is plugged full with more pieces in progress.

We are also keeping the plasma cutter and router busy churning out components for new pieces.

It isn’t often we do production cutting on our MultiCam but when it needs to be done the machine sure takes the hard work out of the process. The machine will cut all night to produce twelve shields from 1.5″ thick 30 lb Precision Board for the bowling archways. Two more batches will follow in coming days. Peter made three different woodgrain patterns on the arches and then nested the files before setting the machine in motion.

We cut one shield as a test before we began in earnest. That is already in the painting process.

EnRoute Workshop – Houston, TX

Our upcoming workshop will be located in Houston, TX

Dates: Thursday, February 23rd & Friday, February 24th

Location:

Courtyard by Marriott Houston Galleria
2900 Sage Rd
Houston, TX 77056

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will provide a box lunch each day.

For more information, click here.

Class Agenda

DAY ONE
Coffee and Networking – 8:00 – 8:30
Introductions – 8:30 – 9:00
EnRoute Workshop SeriesMorning – It Never Hurts to Know the Basics

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
InlaysAfternoon – Advanced Toolpathing / Cutting

  • Tooling Overview
  • Inlays
  • 2-1/2 D
  • Rough, Fine & Clean Tools
  • Advanced Entry/Exit
  • Day 1 Wrap-up and prepare for Day 2
DAY TWO
woodworking-img5Morning – Now for some Fun Surfaces

  • 3D Surface Concepts
  • Building a Relief
  • PROJECT: Design and 3D file from start to finish.
  • Parametric Textures
Lunch 12:00 – 1:00
EnRoute CNC SoftwareAfternoon – EnRoute Rapid Texture

  • Seed Contour, Objects as Seed Contours & 3D Reliefs with Rapid Texture
  • Rapid Picture (Photo Cutting)
  • Noise and Distortion
  • Day 2 Wrap-up and Q & A

Pricing Information

Space is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Houston 2-day workshop.

To register, contact us at EnRouteNA@ThinkSAi.com or (801) 229-9066

 

Introductory Movies: Some of you have requested this to get ready for the class.  Check out http://enroutetv.com/iwf.html or the EnRoute YouTube Channel.

Testimonials

“The EnRoute workshop was worth every cent. The instructors patiently relayed, in detail, every aspect of EnRoute’s 2.5D, 3D, Rapid Texture techniques and the many other functions of Enroute. I am now able to take advantage of the tremendous features provided in the software. Thanks Enroute!”

– Henry from H & S Marine Plastics, New York/New Jersey Workshop Attendee