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

 

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

 

Thinking ahead to next year at IAAPA

With a successful International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) EXPO now behind us we are beginning to dream up concepts for next year’s show. Our idea to build a one piece display which set up (and take down) in mere minutes worked exceptionally well. We’ll build on that concept next year. We are seriously considering taking a twenty foot booth next year, doubling our space. But to keep costs in check we want to pack that doubling of our display into the same compact shipping unit – which has to measure ten feet long by seven and a half feet wide by eight feet tall. That’s a challenge!

I began the design working in EnRoute. This allowed me to work accurately and accurately in scale. It also allowed me to tweak the design quickly so all of the pieces fit together. The view from above was of a mini stage with the walls hinged at the corners to fit together perfectly.

Then the walls are unfolded the booth will measure twenty feet wide by ten feet deep. A ‘floating’ high-tech motor cycle will act as a photo opportunity. We will happily take pictures of our prospects and send them to them afterwards when we follow up on their visit. The motor-cycle will come out from the raised platform on a sliding mechanism and slide back to allow shipping.

Once I had a workable plan it was time to do up the concept art. The top portion of the display will fold down into the canopy for shipping. This folding mechanism will have a hydraulic assist to make the setup easy. This is going to be a whole lot of fun!

Spring horse farm sign

The latest project is a fun one. Once again it will involve a number of disciplines and materials. The post is to be made of structural steel surrounded by hand sculpted Fibreglass Reinforced Concrete. The horseshoe and sign board will be routed from 30 lb Precision board (with a welded steel core) and the horse will be hand done using sculpting epoxy.

I used the hand drawing as a template to create the vectors I needed to create the routing files. This project is fairly simple. I then duplicated and combined the vectors to create the middle section of the sign. A square tubing frame will be fit and welded up into the center to add some structural strength.

I started with the sign board. A simple flat relief was created as a first step. I made it 1.2″ tall.

I then used a modifier file (from the new Woodgrain Texture Collection) Keeping in mind that black does nothing, white will raise the relief by the amount entered and greys do something in-between depending on their value we know that this bitmap file will effectively twist or warp the relief by 0.4″ over it’s length and width.

Next up was the woodgrain. Before this step I created a copy of the vectors and flipped them for the back side of the sign.  I removed the lettering from this sign. Once more I was using a bitmap file from the new woodgrain collection. For the front side I drew a rectangle around the board for the purpose of modifying the relief. I did not want the woodgrain to go through the lettering and by selecting the relief, the lettering border and the rectangle the texture is applied to the board but not the lettering.

On the reverse side there was no lettering and so the woodgrain bitmap texture was applied to the entire board.

I then selected the relief and that same lettering border and modified the relief by raising the lettering border. It followed the warp of the board.

I then selected the lettering and the base relief (the board) and added the lettering using the dome tool.

The horse shoe was created in a number of steps.  I first created a flat relief using the horse shoe shape. Then the toe piece and heel nubs were created and taller reliefs. These were then combined with the base relief. The long holes which hide the heads of the nails were subtracted from the horseshoe relief on the front side of the sign only.

I then used the subtract from command to cut the nail holes into the shoe by 0.2″ This was done on both sides of the sign.

I then combined the reliefs to finish the files. They were then ready for tool pathing and sending off to the MultiCam.

Thinking way ahead

Before the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions EXPO had finished we were already talking about next year’s show and what our booth might look like. At this show, like every show entry we had previously done we were reminded that people ask about what we have on display. They can’t imagine what else you might be capable of.

We had packed this year’s display chock full of signs, design art and pictures of finished projects. Our videos were playing on the television and we had slide shows handy on our iPads. It worked well. But not year we want to build a booth that showcases our larger work along with our ability to tell a good story. We will most likely also include a drawing table with me perched there doing some concept drawing. We will also spell out (with signs) that we do concept design, and building of mini golfs, adventure parks and themed restaurants.

While we crammed a whole lot into ten by ten feet this year we are thinking a twenty foot booth next year would allow us to operate a lot more comfortably – especially when things get busy. As far as theme, well, it has to be over the top.

Before we began design we sat down with the organizers of the show and talked about rules regarding height and signage. They do not restrict height for showing our product. We just can’t put any of our advertising up there. No problem!

After much discussion we decided on a space – mechanical – tech theme. We wanted it to be colourful but well worn and aged. We also wanted a photo opportunity in the booth – hence the flying motorcycle. Who could possibly resist? We want to create a truly memorable experience (with pictures) for all who stopped in. We will offer to take their picture and with a badge scan send it to them by email.

The entire twenty foot booth will assemble easily and quickly, folding out and tipping up with little extra assembly. It will condense down to form a single ten foot by eight foot self enclosed pallet for ease of shipping.

This is going to be fun!

When the boss is away

While we were attending the IAAPA EXPO in Orlando, Florida our crew stayed behind to work in the shop. They did not disappoint. Their task was to paint as many of the bowling alley arches as they could in the five work days they had. They applied the three base coats to all twelve arches and got a good start on the glazes. five arches were finished with only a little more work left on the remaining pieces. They all look fabulous! It sure is nice to have a crew we can count on whether the management is in the shop or not. THANKS!

SUCCESSFUL SHOW!

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions EXPO was a wonderful success. Over the course of four days we were privileged to showcase our company to thousands of potential clients from around the world. Our presence was small this year, our first as participants in the show. The reaction to our booth was overwhelmingly positive. We were delighted to be honoured with a Brass Ring Award for Best Exhibit in our category – no small feat in a show this size.