I love the new EnRoute 6

EnRoute 6 is about to be released and I am excited about everything new in the program!  I’ve had a chance to test drive it for a while now. There are a bunch of new things and many of the old things run better and faster than ever.

One of my favourite things about the new software is that the (not loved) dongle is now a thing of the past. This means you simply open the program and GO! It is amazing what they can do these days!

There’s  many new things and here’s a few I’ve had a chance to try out. There’s lots of new symmetric textures. Text can now be copied and pasted from other programs.  The fourth axis on my router is now fully supported. And you can slice reliefs easier than ever before We have some pretty cool ideas to use this feature. There’s now a freehand drawing tool that is pretty cool.

Each function now has a link that shows a movie about how it is used. That makes reading a manual a thing of the past. This should make it much easier to get a handle on new things you wish to try.

Here’s the link to see all of the new features…   http://enroutesoftware.com/enroute-6

Last major piece cut for Viking ships

Today, we cut the last large piece for the Viking ships bound for Motiongate in Dubai. We designed the ship in EnRoute, creating the cutting files as we proceeded. Doing so allowed us to build the very complicated ship in a speedy and efficient manner. The files, designed full size were deadly accurate as well. Peter designed more than sixty cutting files and we cut hundreds of pieces from many sheets pf 1/4 – 5/8 thick steel plate on the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter. The project would have been virtually impossible any other way, especially given our very tight timeline on this job.

multicam plasma cutter

 

Occasion Station

The garden railway in NEB’s Garden will have a special Occasion Station where all manner of celebrations will be held. Birthdays, family gatherings, picnics, easter egg hunts, Christmas tree and pumpkin festivals and a whole lot more will happen in this magical place. The station is a showcase of ornate victorian design, appropriate for the English garden in which it resides. At night it will be even more magical awash with twinkling white mini lights.

We will use EnRoute to create the CNC plasma cut files of course. This is going to be a hole lot of fun!

occasion station post

occasion station post construct

NEB’s project design

Through the next weeks we’ll be coming up with ideas and producing plenty of concept drawings. the project is large and has many facets. It will include the bowling alleys, a micro brewery, all of the old attractions as well as the new adventure golfs and a train. Each idea will be developed as concept drawings. Once the Viking Ship project for Dubai is complete we’ll be starting to create the working files for this. It’s going to be fun!

moon gate

CDA01-L - Assembly Lvl-2 Frame

train station

still

still railings

Viking ship progress

We’ve been busy in the shop cutting and welding up a storm. After assembling the bottom portion of the ship we began work this week on the top portion. To make sure things matched perfectly when the ships arrive in Dubai we cut two layers of 3/8″ thick steel plate on the plasma cutter. The first layer was welded to the top of the bottom section. The second layer was bolted securely to the bottom plate and then we began building the upper section of the ship.

second deck day 2

The seam will be at the waterline. The upper section is about a foot thick and is in essence a giant truss.  Like the bottom of the ship it is made up of six sections that bolt together. This is done for two reasons…  the first is to be able to get it out of the shop. The second is to fit into the galvanizing vats. Once we get the pieces back from the galvanizer we will bolt them together once more for the concrete sculpting of the theme work to be done. When that is finished we will put the two halves (upper and lower) into the containers for shipping to Dubai.

 

start of top of ship

We are also busy on the two other large pieces for the project. These will be used for target practice by the ship’s water cannons. The giant galvanized frames are now having the wire lath attached prior to the concrete sculpting.

target wiring

Using EnRoute for design

I like to use EnRoute for far more than merely designing routing files. It works great for anything I need to design in scale. I’ve designed entire theme parks using the program. Today I needed to design something a little smaller.

We are currently in the beginning stages of designing a project for next year. The theme is an enchanted fairie garden. As they enter our guests will become the size of fairies. To create the illusion we will be building all of the features as six times their normal size. One of the large features will be a giant wheelbarrow.

I used various drawing tools to create the file including a new freehand drawing tool which is in version 6 of the software. I then used the drawing as a reference for the final concept which I drew in Photoshop.

wheelbarrow scale drawing

wheelbarrow scale drawing 2

wheelbarrow concept

Steel magic

Using EnRoute software, we designed all of the cut files for hundreds of steel parts for the Viking ships we are building for Motiongate in Dubai. The challenge was to build the hulls in a variety of sized assemblies. For the first phase the pieces needed to fit into the galvanizing tanks. Once the pieces return we will bolt them together in larger assemblies but still small enough to fit into shipping containers. Our customer wants to do the final assembly in Dubai on their own so it has to be simple. It is a real head scratcher to be sure.

The ship assemblies are going together quickly, made possible by the accuracy of the cuts, done on our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter. The pieces were cut from four by eight foot pieces of 3/8″ steel plate. There will ultimately be three layers of plate steel  in the frame with ten pieces per layer. Add in the front and back keel plates plus many more smaller plates and it is quickly obvious this job would have been infinitely more complicated without EnRoute and a CNC plasma machine of our own to do the work. Being able to design and cut on the fly really is handy!

Next week we’ll begin the assembly of the deck truss structure and upper ship hull. Stay tuned…

welded ship hull lower

ship hull frame

ship hull frame corner view

A very big ship

As soon as the last Sculpture Magic Workshop was done we cleared the shop to get into production once more. It was time to begin the construction of the massive Viking ships for the Motiongate, Dubai project. We had designed all of the cutting files using EnRoute and last week we kept the MultiCam CNC plasma cutter busy cutting the 3/8″ thick steel plate – more than twenty 4×8 sheets in all. These were cleaned up in readiness for the build.

We also brought in many hundreds of feet of heavy square steel tubing, pipe and angle iron which will be used to build the complicated structural framework of the ship.

Yesterday, we laid out the plates on the shop floor and began welding the precept pieces into place. It quickly became apparent just how massive the Viking ships will be… measuring almost forty feet long, seventeen feet high at the figurehead and fifteen feet wide through the beam of the ship. Th pieces of the ship fill up our shop in a hurry! The first section we began welding is below the waterline. The upper portions of the hull will bolt on top of this, disassembling to fit into the galvanizing tanks and then partially bolted together for building and fitting into the shipping containers. Look close in the picture and you can see Peter at the back preparing to lay down one of thousands of welds. This ship is BIG!

 

EnRoute Workshop – Orlando, FL

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Orlando, FL

Dates: Thursday, August 11th & Friday, August 12th

Location:

TBD

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

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

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

  • 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

EnRoute Workshop DiscountSpace is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Orlando 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by July 11th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by July 11th.

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

Nearby Hotels

TBD

EnRoute Workshop – Toronto, ON, Canada

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Toronto, ON, Canada

Dates: Thursday, July 14th & Friday, July 15th

Location:

MultiCam Canada
15-701 Millway Ave.
Concord, ON. L4K 3S7

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

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

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

  • 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

EnRoute Workshop DiscountSpace is limited, so register early to guarantee your seat!

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Toronto 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by June 14th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by June 14th.

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

Nearby Hotels

Aloft Vaughan Mills
151 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Vaughan, ON L4K 0E6, Canada
Phone: +1 905-695-0500
Monte Carlo Inn
705 Applewood Crescent
Vaughan, ON L4K 5W8, Canada
Phone: +1 905-761-7170