Not every project we do is complex nor hard. EnRoute is the perfect software for even the simpler projects too. We are entering a large hot rod show in a few weeks and I needed a few signs to appeal to this specialized crowd. I didn’t have to go far for inspiration. Just to my tool box. I grabbed an open end wrench and used it as a model. The vector file only took minutes to produce using the drawing tools.
Once I had the vectors I created the reliefs – all separate until I was satisfied. I first flipped a copy of the files but not the lettering so I could route two back to back files. Here’s the screen capture of the piece just before I tool-pathed it. The finished piece would be four feet long so I decided to only use a 3/8″ ball nose bit and cut it in one pass using a 90% overlap.
I sent it to our MultiCam cutting at 300″ per minute from a 1.5″ thick piece of 30 lb Precision Board. It took a little more than an hour on the router – while I was busy with other things. Once it was done I glued up the two halves and left it in the clamps overnight.
Stay tuned…

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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 www.imaginationcorporation.com

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