This week we began work on a project that will fully utilize the capabilities of EnRoute. To cut the steel we will use our MultiCam CNC plasma cutter, and the plywood will be cut with the MultiCam router. We’ll combine a wide variety of materials including steel, plywood, and 30 lb Precision Board. Along with all of the computer generated surfaces we will also do a lot of hand sculpting of fibreglass reinforced concrete. All of it will be hand painted.

EnRoute was used to create the carefully scaled plans and cutting files. We then cut the steel pieces on the CNC plasma cutter from 1/8″ thick plate. These pieces were formed and welded up, plenty strong to withstand the occasional stray bowling ball. The 3/4″ thick plywood pieces were a simple offset cut and were fastened to the welded steel frame with self tapping screws. The first beam work armatures will be created tomorrow. Then we’ll staple the expanded, galvanized mesh onto the armatures. The dimensional number plates and joining shields will be routed from 30 lb Precision Board. Once they are routed we will begin the hand sculpting process. These first prototypes will serve as models and style guides for the rest of the massive project.

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Dan Sawatzky

Dan Sawatzky is best described as a creative force in the sign industry. He and his wife Janis are owners of Sawatzky’s Imagination Corporation – a small family company that specializes in the design and creation of dimensional theme signs and environments. They tackle projects of any size from small signs to entire theme parks. Their work has garnered numerous international awards and Dan’s articles appear frequently in the sign trade publications. Dan and his crew also host Sign Magic and Sculpting Workshops in their studio a number of times each year with attendees coming from around the world. For more information please visit

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