Using Delcam's artistic CADCAM software, ArtCAM, has
reduced greatly the amount of time needed by Peter Fogarty
of Fire and Ice Creations to create ice carvings, including
complete bars cut from ice.
A recent project for La Bodega Tapas Bar and Grill, in
Regina, Saskatchewan, highlighted the savings. Each
year, the restaurant has a sculpted ice bar on its patio
from the last week in November to the third week in March
to raise money for the Transition House, which helps women
and children affected by domestic violence. In 2007,
Mr. Fogarty spent ten days manually designing, cutting and
assembling the ice bar, which contained logos for ten
corporate sponsors. In 2010, using ArtCAM and a CNC
ice router, he designed and cut logos for a much more
complex ice bar, built from forty blocks of ice with twenty
logos, in only seven days.
"I saw ice carving for the first time at a
demonstration in 1977 and I was hooked," Mr. Fogarty
remembered. He started Fire and Ice Creations in his
garage while he continued his distinguished culinary career
but, in 2007, moved into ice carving full time. The
company has built an impressive list of achievements,
including sculptures for the 2007 Juno Awards, Canada's
main music awards, and a replica of Saskatoon's 25th Street
bridge used for a sushi display at the International
The following year, Mr. Fogarty began computerising his
ice-carving operation and by 2010 he was producing nearly
all of his carvings using ArtCAM and the CNC ice router.
"I selected ArtCAM because of its ease of use,
particularly in converting existing artwork from clients
and sizing, positioning and mirroring logos," he said.
"Another enormous benefit of ArtCAM is that it
combines with the CNC ice cutter to cut out the logos
faster and more accurately than was possible in the past."
For the 2010 ice bar, Fogarty received electronic versions
of the logos from the ice bar sponsors. "ArtCAM
made it easy to produce the files needed to drive the ice
cutter," Mr. Fogarty claimed. "It greatly
reduced the amount of time required to size, position and
produce a mirror image of each of the logos, which was
required because they were cut out of the back of the ice
Another benefit was that the assembly took only six hours,
half the time required in the past, because all of the
pieces were cut so much more accurately that no additional
cutting was required on site.
20 December 2011