Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CNC Signmaking 101!

Our Signmaking 101 seminar was a HUGE success, so an extra special thanks goes out to everyone in attendance!

The day started off with lots of coffee, bagels and donuts while everyone gathered and chatted about everything sign related-including some great marketing tips. The group then headed into the boardroom, while our resident guru extraordinaire-Ken McBride walked everyone through the use of our ADA compliant Braille insertion tool. Ken also covered using software nesting to have greater material yield when cutting letters.

The group then got a chance to meet Jamie Oxenham-CNC router crazy-man! If you didn't know already, Jamie and his wife Jody own  "Oxenham Design" up in the wilds of Ontario, Canada making tons of crazy things on their Techno RG and LC routers. If it's creative, they can router it!

Jamie showed us a 2' sign he was having our in house LC 4896 router carve from HDU foam. The purpose of the demo was showing us how small 3d text can become very jagged and messy. His solution is brilliantly simple and very fast, and results in no hand cleanup!

All of the topics that were covered are available as PDF downloads from the link below:

 This was kind of a first for us, and we are quite pleased with the feedback we've recieved!
Keep your eyes on our Facebook page for our next seminar announcement-It's going be something everyone will want to attend!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Tip of the Week • Routable Materials

There is an extensive list of materials that are routable on your Techno CNC machine along with which businesses benefit from CNC automation posted on our website.

Please click here to see applications for CNC Routers and Routable materials.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

CNC Signmaking 101

Just to let everyone know, we are hosting our first CNC Signmaking seminar on Friday Mar 15!
We will be covering the basics of nesting letters and how to use our braille insertion tool, as well as pocketing toolpaths for letters.

Jamie Oxenham, from Oxenham Design, will be attending to show everyone how to clean up dimensional letters when carving reliefs. He'll walk through the software end using Aspire, and then demo the results on one of our resident machines.

Jamie has been involved with props and sets for the entertainment industry for over 20 years!
He blogs almost daily about the processes involved in the stuff his company creates, here's the blog link for more information:

This promises to be fun and informative morning, if you haven't signed up yet, you can do so
at this link:

We look forward to seeing all of you at our place!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tip of the Week • Techno CNC Interface

In the Techno CNC interface, in the goto and adjust origin menu, clicking the letter of an axis on the keyboard will select that axis. This means you can move quickly without using the mouse.

Typing on the keyboard: G X 10 G will move the X axis to 10 inches from origin.