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Sandy!!! So glad you have joined us. It was great to meet you at the Indiana camp last month. I love your signs, you are very talented!! I think your signs are the closest to ours that I have ever seen.

ps, I have been finding your business cards everywhere since Indiana, you must have been sneaking them into our pockets at the camp. ;D

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I figured I'd introduce myself. My name is Frazer and I recently purchased an AXYZ 4X8 router table. I own a laser engraver (1 year), but have never worked in the sign industry or operated a CNC router before.

It's been a grueling few months since I got my router operational (Feb), and have figured out the machine enough to make some 2d signs. I would like to get into 3d routing, but probably should master the 2d first. I did experiment a little bit in artcam pro (2008) with 3d trying to import a solidworks file, but after a bunch of attempts to get even the model to show up, I gave up.

I've got my machine running right now, chugging out a 40X25" half-tone picture at a snails pace (still trying to figure out how to speed this thing up), and hopefully that goes well.

So, no questions to post for now, but I'm sure this forum will be an excellent resource.

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Welcome Frazer! You're just the guy I was looking for. We're about to start a section for strictly beginners-novices to ask silly questions. I've seen it before on similar educational based forums and it seemed to work well. It will be a place that we can try and contain the intimidation factor. I have a feeling it's starting to look like the 3D Sign all star team in here, the dream team. Yep, I believe they board their flight to London tomorrow. :stunned:

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Welcome Frazer.
Jason, that's a great idea.
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Hey Sandy,
Welcome Aboard.
Good to see you found the forum, I wasn't sure if the email went through.
Great job on that sign.
I tried to call, but must have had one of your old business cards.
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I'm with Don and Melissa! Glad to see Sandy here. He has mucho to offer us, even way beyond his amazing sign production skills.

Welcome friend!

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It was my pleasure to spend some time with Darrel this spring at one of our workshops. He has caught the dimensional bug in a big way and I look forward to seeing some pretty cool stuff come out of his studio in the next while for sure!

Welcome to this cool place.

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"T.R.MacMunn"
Welcome Frazer.
Jason, that's a great idea.

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and hope to gain lots of valuable knowledge here and share the little I know...here's a photo of my machine :) Gene
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Hey welcome Gene, looks like you've joined the mach community with the new machine. :applause:
did you keep your old one? Look forward to seeing some more of your carvings
Gary
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Welcome Gene.
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Hola, Gene...the 3/d Door man...nice to see you here
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Hey all, here I am. Robert Gunn from Buchanan Michigan. I've been working and learning my ShopBot for the past 1 1/2 years and getting better as time goes on. I have a 25+ year background in manufacturing and industrial machining so the learning curve to the ShopBot was easy.

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Welcome to both of you guys,

You've found another home with us.
Joe Crumley
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i hope you guys can make the next camp.
we enjoyed having you here, you were always smiling and we like that!

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Hello all.

I have absolutely nothing of value to offer here.

You are all so professional and so talented.

I am simply a hobbyist, with an interest.

Simply put

as the song says

I come here seeking knowledge!!

and inspiration.

Thank you for letting me in.

you can be sure that my questions will be lower than beginner stuff.
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Greetings Everyone,

Mike Craft
Monticello, IL.

Life is finally starting to slow down. Long story short....buy house.....new child....buy CNC machine.....house remodel...new job.....new house......another new child.....clean rust off of machine (that was for Don Kershner)....now I am back.....whewww....lol.

I had to actually relearn quite a few things as it is amazing how much you lose when you dont use it. I am interested in most 2D & 2.5D signs and plaques relating to the outdoors and the military. But like everyone else....I am open to whatever I can learn about to be able to make the recipient say wow!!!

Thank you all in advance for all that I am about to learn...I cant wait to see it all come together.....and maybe help put the kids through college along the way....lol.

I was fortunate enough to attend Robs 2011 sign camp....but missed 2012....but I will not miss 2013.....already shaking shoulders of people sitting on the couch....have to get money somehow...lol.

Take care all....type soon.

Mike

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Can't hide anymore, did the official name change. Been lurking around here almost since the beginning. Jotting down notes, studying the techniques that are used and generally trying to take it all in.

I retired after 35+ years in commercial construction and I've seen a lot of signs go up and come down. I've always seen the end product, never how they were constructed. I now have an appreciation for all signs, painted, carved, machined, etc.

I bought a Shark CNC a few months ago so I am learning about all functions of the machine. I am also trying to learn some of the many, many finishing techniques. Some day I'll post some pics of my first serious attempt at some signage.

Mean while...back to lurking.
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Hi Ted....yes I changed it....I was actually trying to keep it consistant on all of my forums and then I got the email today from Melissa saying that I needed to change to which I understand completely....I asked for help from Jason and within minutes...poof....It was done.

I retired from the Illinois Army National Guard, and have always been involved with construction, autocad and woodworking.....so the obvious fit for me was to try CNC. Right now I am just tired of talking about it....I am ready to earn my wings....and for what it is worth, I hope to wear this machine out. I bought a 24x36 Blurry Customs Machine about 2 year ago....and have really only done one big job....I still remember how I felt hitting that one out the park and then seeing the customer smile and say...."Thats awesome!!" She actually had it in her office for several months before she had it mounted. Within that time she always called to tell me...hey someone else saw the sign....great things to say....they want to know if you can make another one.....and then life happened...lol. I am so impressed with everyone on this forum....so much talent....and so willing to help other, and that is what it is all about.

Again, thank you in advance,

Mike

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Welcom fellows.

I hope all of you fellows spend time with us and give the input to keep the forum going in the right direction.
Joe Crumley
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Oh I plan to stick around

I need to get inspired to do more than little interior plaques.

I need to expand to outside plaques and to learn about creativity - and about painting techniques.

I am not an artist - but I need to gain skills somewhere.

I need to know HOW to become an artist.

But I will be here - kicking the dirt
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"Ted Zoccoli"

I bought a Shark CNC a few months ago so I am learning about all functions of the machine. I am also trying to learn some of the many, many finishing techniques. Some day I'll post some pics of my first serious attempt at some signage.

Mean while...back to lurking.

Hi Ted,
Good to see another Shark user on here.
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Lumber (American English;[1] used only in North America), or timber (used in the rest of the English speaking world[2]) is wood that has been processed into beams and planks, a stage in the process of wood production.

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Gene- Welcome to the forum!! I'm glad you see you here!!

Rob, Welcome!! It was nice to meet you and Pam in Indiana this past June. I hope Pam joins the forum also, she is such a very talented painter!!

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"Melissa Jones"
And remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question here.

Hi Melissa,
That's good cause I'll be asking plenty of them
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Hey welcome Gene, looks like you've joined the mach community with the new machine. :applause:
did you keep your old one? Look forward to seeing some more of your carvings
Gary

thank you everyone for the welcome. Gary i am running nc studio with the new machine and yes i am keeping the vintage pr :)

Gene
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I don't know how you guys keep up with making signs and trying to answer everyone's questions on here at the same time.

It's our new baby, ya know?

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Thanks to Joe C for inviting me over here!
I've been running our sign business in Qld, Australia officially since 1986, but unofficially painting & striping since 1979-80.

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Welcome Ian! Sorry for the delay here, I have been reading your posts on other areas of the site and somehow missed this one.

I would love to see pictures of your world map and the Indonesian coat of arms. I have always wanted to have a large world map in my house or office. I love geography even though I hardly get to travel.

Anyone that has been going since the 70's 80's has a ton to offer whether it was 2d, 3d, paint, whatever. Welcome again, come back often. We need the Aussie's to keep the bloody forum going whilst we sleep!

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Hello everyone.
I've been in the sign business for 9 years. I have a Gerber Dimension 200 router that gets us by. I would love a bigger router and hopefully joining in here is a step in that direction.
I'll try to post some photos of the projects I have done when I get a chance.
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Welcome aboard.
Show some pics of your work anytime.

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Welcome to the forum Marek!! If you have any questions about the different CNC machines just ask, we will help you the best we can. I look forward to seeing some of your signs! :)

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Good Afternoon from Jacksonville Florida. My Name is Roy Shimp. My wife and i have been operating Shimp Sign & Design for 25 years. She started as a sign painter and i started out with post hole diggers. You can see our website for the type of signs we do, [url=http://shimpsigns.com:3calauak]shimpsigns.com[/url]. Looking at the 3d gallery was a treat. If i can ever help anyone feel free to ask. Thanks, Roy

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Good Afternoon from Jacksonville Florida. My Name is Roy Shimp. My wife and i have been operating Shimp Sign & Design for 25 years. She started as a sign painter and i started out with post hole diggers. You can see our website for the type of signs we do, [url=http://shimpsigns.com:3nr8kgc9]shimpsigns.com[/url]. Looking at the 3d gallery was a treat. If i can ever help anyone feel free to ask. Thanks, Roy

Roy, welcome! You should be about at home here as one could possibly get.


I looked through your gallery and really liked the RC sign! Then I was on your blog and realized it was a halo style lighted sign, wow that thing is awesome. Congrats on your success, hope you visit us often...

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hi roy.
my son lives in jacksonville and i get there each january.
maybe i can stop by to say hello next time.
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Hello,
My name is Rick Vereen. Just retired yesterday after 32 years for a pipeline company. I am fairly new to the CNC / sign making world and have a lot to learn. At this point I have been soaking in all of the good information that all of you put out here on this site. Don't know enough yet to ask a good question.
Thanks TR for steering me in this direction.
Rick
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Rick,

Good to have you aboard. Feel free to ask questions. There are plenty of guys and gals starting out.

Have you purchased your equipment?
Joe Crumley
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Yes, I have had a Camaster Stinger CNC for about a year, and love it. One area that I would like to concentrate on is sign making. A lot to learn there. I tried carving lots of 3d models but find their doesn't seem to be a large demand for it and it's very time consuming. I have given lots away.
Finishing is another area I need to improve on. So this site is right up my alley.
Rick Vereen

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Rick,

Good to hear you are up and running. Looks like you're ready to investigate a the kind of signs your community will purchase. Like you, I love 3D work but don't find it viable for a steady income. I often include 3D work as part of my signs though.

Your market investigation can be the heart of your business. You could find an On Line market. Several people have done that. Others have looked at local markets. But it's the market that drives a business.
Joe Crumley
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Greetings all!

My name is Graham Parsons and I've been in the sign biz for many moons (read 25+ years) and some days, I don''t think I've got the hang of it at all...

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Hello to everybody

I´m new in this forum, and i want to learn everything about signmaking, this is a great thing, the oportunity for me to use my cnc in something great. I´m a mechanical enginner and i started with the idea about design and build my own CNC some day, I started at CNCZONE forum, researching all the info. one day i found inside the forum one person, Mr. Joe Crumley, Very talented person i must say, then i said to myself, I must hurry to build my machine to start putting in practice all the knowledge that i have learned from Mr Joe. That was 10 months ago. 30 days ago i have finished my cnc, Now im starting to put in practice all the tips and trick that a learn from Joe, even i ordered my critter spray gun from amazon yesterday to start painting my stuff. He recomended this Forum, and i must say that is a GREAT forum, I hope to learn from everybody here.

Sorry for my not so good english

Thanks for inspiring me Mr Joe.
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