Even after more than four years of running our MultiCam router I can’t resist sneaking into the router room to watch it perform it’s MAGIC. I know it is all based on math formulas but I find it incredible that I don’t have to think of all that. I dream up my ideas, create my files and push start on the router. Then the MAGIC happens every time!
While the machine was busy I went back to my office and stated work on the next file needed for the sign. The vector files were created in mere minutes using the drawing tools in EnRoute.
I built the relieves needed and then added the bitmap files I had created to generate the textures. Its as easy as importing the files, entering in a numeric value and hitting enter. By the time the streetcar was done on the router another tool-pathed file of the sign was ready to start.
While this portion of the sign was running I started in on assembly of the streetcar.
I’ll post pictures of that progress next time…

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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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