EnRoute Workshop – Anaheim, CA

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Anaheim, CA

Dates: Thursday, December 1th & Friday, December 2th

Location:

Courtyard by Marriott – Anaheim Resort/Convention Center
2045 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802

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 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

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

It’s $995 to attend the EnRoute Anaheim 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by November 1th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by November 11th.

The EnRoute Anaheim Workshop will be located at the Marriot Hotel, right in the center of Anaheim, just down the street from Disneyland. Come and get some practical EnRoute training to improve your skills.  EnRoute Software has arranged a special group discount rate at the Marriot for those attending the EnRoute Anaheim Workshop, so you can even bring the family and stay for the weekend! Click here to book your room!

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

 

The History of CNC Machining

With the invention of CNC machining, the world of construction was forever changed. There haven’t been many tools throughout history that have been able to cause radical changes to what could and couldn’t be done, but many would argue that these fall into that category. As CNC routers (and the software that runs them) steadily improve, more and more people are coming into contact with them.

But, how much do you know about the history of these machines?

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Turning Ordinary People into Master Craftsmen

One of the reasons that these machines are so great is because they essentially allow anyone with the proper machine and computer program to become a master craftsman. There’s no need to spend a lifetime practicing and perfecting and art. The basics can all be learned in no time at all. To make it even more impressive, these are powered by computers, so they’re far more precise than humans are even capable of being. And mistakes? Well, they’re basically a thing of the past.

Basic Overview of CNC Machines

In case you’re not familiar with this tool, the letters CNC stand for computer numerical control, and this is because that’s how these machines operate. At a basic level, they have tools arranged on three different axes, and this allows them to carve out materials from all different sides. The designs are made within a software program and are then converted into instructions for the computer to follow. In a relatively short amount of time, pieces of all sizes can be put through these machines, and incredibly elaborate creations come out matching the exact specifications. They’re able to manipulate wood, metal, glass, plastic, and other types of materials.

The Early Days

Humans have been training artisans to carve things since the beginning of recorded history, and they’ve constantly been looking for ways to do it better. They made quite a few impressive advancements fairly early on when they started with contraptions like mills. They could process certain materials at a basic level, but they required a lot of human interaction for not very impressive results. Fortunately, that would eventually change.

 Born Before Computers

This whole concept may sound like something that was only developed recently as our computer technology has skyrocketed in quality. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. These machines actually got their start back in the 1950s, but they used a much simpler method of controlling them. The first C wasn’t yet in the name, and they were just referred to as NC machines. In place of computer brains, they had solutions like punched tape to give the instructions. They were still far behind what we’re able to do today, but they were incredibly advanced at the time.

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We Didn’t Speak the Same Language

After a lot of early skepticism, the machines finally began to take off as manufacturers realized they could save so much time and money. The systems slowly became more advanced as early computers started coming on to the scene, and a lot of bright minds were hard at work with the programming. However, an unexpected problem eventually showed up. Each company (or school) working with the machines was creating their own language to tell the CNC machines what to do, so it was impossible for them to work together and use each other’s advancements.

Fortunately, the Air Force stepped in. This branch of the military had been an early proponent of CNC machines after predicting how valuable they would be, and they wanted to put a stop to this problem before it grew out of control. They made a push for a universal language in 1956, and that led to the creation of the APT programming language. After some more developments over the following decades, the industry eventually ended up with the CAD tools that we use today.

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One for Everyone!

The trend continued for many years with schools, government organizations, and companies all pursuing advances in the technology. Slowly but surely, this led to where we are today. The machines can be made in massive sizes to help with major construction projects, or they can be small enough to fit in the home and contribute to DIY projects. They’ve come so far, and the developments only seem to be speeding up.

We’re Here to Help You Make History

One of the problems with CNC machines is that many people are intimidated by them. The impression they give is that you need to have an advanced degree in multiple fields of engineering to get started, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Using solutions like EnRoute software, you could be making progress on your project later today. Now, the responsibility is on you to create something noteworthy enough to carve you into the historical timeline of CNC routers!

 

EnRoute Workshop – Hackensack, NJ

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Hackensack, NJ

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

Location:

Multicam East – Hackensack Location
61 Voorhis Lane
Hackensack, NJ 07601

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 Hackensack 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by September 27th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by September 27th.

 

To register, contact Luke Benik at:

1(800)229-9066 x117 or lukeb@thinksai.com

 

 

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 – Orlando, FL

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

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

Location:

Multicam Florida, 7101 Presidents Dr # 200, Orlando, FL 32809

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

EnRoute Workshop – Chicago, IL

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Chicago, Illinois.

Dates: Thursday, May 19th & Friday, May 20th

Location: MultiCam North Central Technology Center – 1390 Gateway Drive, Unit 3 Elgin, IL 60124

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will bring 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 Chicago 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by April 29th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by April 29th.

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

Comfort Suites
2480 Bushwood Dr
Elgin, Illinois 60124
Phone: (847) 836-9500 Fax: (847) 836-9520
Candlewood Suites Elgin Nw-Chicago
1780 Capital St
Elgin, Illinois 60124
Phone: (847) 888-0600

EnRoute Workshop – Dallas, TX

Register EnRoute WorkshopOur upcoming workshop will be located in Dallas, Texas.

Dates: Thursday, April 28th & Friday, April 29th

Location: Multicam Dallas at 1025 West Royal Lane, DFW Airport, Texas 75261

Bring your laptop with EnRoute installed.

Please arrive by 8am. We will have coffee/soda and we will bring 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 Dallas 2-day workshop, but you save $200 when you register by April 15th. Attendees from 2015 save $300 when you register by April 15th.

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

SHERATON DFW AIRPORT HOTEL
4440 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas 75063
Phone: (972) 929-8400 Fax: (972) 929-4885
Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport North
3550 Highway 635
Irving, Texas 75063
Phone: (972) 929-9800 Fax: (972) 929-0741

Scribbling ideas

When I received my invitation to the 2016 Sign Invitational it didn’t take very long for me to think up a great idea. Not long at all. I quickly grabbed my sketchbook and over the next hour filled ten or twelve pages with scribbles (to most) of ideas. Before long I had my idea nailed.

I realize that some of my ‘competition’ reads these entries and I sure wouldn’t want to tip my hand so early in the game – especially with such a competitive and talented bunch as are entered. But, that being said I’m not afraid either, so I’ve decided I’ll show a couple of those initial sketches. If nothing else it will show how a project like this comes together.

The first scribble is the top half of my entry…  It will be called SIGN ODYSSEY. The drawing. although very rough positions each element in relation to all the others. I was working in approximate scale  to make sure it would all work out. I did spell odyssey wrong but I’ll make sure that gets fixed as we proceed.

The top sculptural portion of the display has to fit into and be shipped in a box which will act as the display piece for the piece at the show. Because of the caliber of the competition I decided to pull out all the stops. The box for my piece will be over the top as well. The new plasma cutter will come in handy! I did up a rough sketch depicting the (space) SIGN ODYSSEY. I did it as one sketch and then broke it into four pieces – one for each side. This makes the pattern continuous, no matter which angle you view it from.

Over the next weeks I’ll be posting progress shots as the design and pieces come together. Stay tuned…