Watch a Thermwood Model 43 CNC machining Brazilian IPE with ease!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Model 43, Video, IPE

What is IPE?

IPE (pronounced ee-pay), also called Brazillian Walnut, originates in some parts of Central and South America. It is as hard as nails (up to three times harder than cedar), and is so dense that it often needs to be pre-drilled in order to connect pieces to each other. It has a similar fire rating as steel and concrete, and is one of the densest hardwoods (it won't float in water). It is naturally much more fire resistant than softer woods and resists scratches, mold and insects.

IPE is tough stuff, but the 3 Axis Thermwood Model 43 has no problem with it.

Watch Thermwood Model 43 5'x 10' CNC router machining Brazilian IPE with ease!


About the Thermwood Model 43

Thermwood Multipurpose Model 43

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Thermwood 
Multi-Purpose 43 is a highly flexible, entry-level three axis CNC router made from fully stress-relieved structured steel for nested-based custom cabinets, custom furniture, nonferrous metals, aluminum, acryllic, plastic sheets, etc. 

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Thermwood Signs Agreement with Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM, Navy, Agreement

Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood Corporation of Dale, Indiana has signed a formal Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Fleet Readiness Center East located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and part of the Naval Air Systems Command, to conduct a two-year, joint technology development effort centered on Thermwood’s emerging Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) technology.

Thermwood’s LSAM machines are large-sized industrial additive manufacturing or three-dimensional printing machines that are available in sizes up to 100 feet long. These systems use a “near-net-shape” approach for making parts in which parts are first 3D printed at high speed to a size slightly larger than needed and then trimmed to final net size and shape. Thermwood’s LSAM machine consolidates printing and machining on the same machine using dual gantries. Dual controls allow print and trim operations to be performed simultaneously, each on different ends of the table.

“We are excited to work with the FRC East and are confident that, working together, we can achieve significant advances and results,” said Thermwood Founder, CEO and Chairman Ken Susnjara. “I am confident that this program will benefit us both while further advancing the state of the art.”

Thermwood has been in a continuous research and development program developing additive manufacturing equipment and technology, and in September announced a line of large scale additive manufacturing systems called LSAM. The dual-gantry, high-wall machines are available in sizes from 10-foot-by-10-foot to 10-foot to more than 100-foot with print capability from 150 to 500 pounds per hour.

3D Print and Trim on the Same LSAM Machine 

 About Thermwood Corporation:

Thermwood Corporation, located in Southern Indiana and established in 1969, offers both three & five axis CNC machining centers ideally suited for the production, fabrication & trimming of wood, plastics, non-ferrous metals, composites and other advanced materials.  Thermwood also offers a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system for 3D printing reinforced thermoplastic composite materials for producing industrial tooling, molds, patterns, masters, plugs and fixtures for various industries.  Thermwood is deeply involved in CNC and Additive Manufacturing technologies and development, incorporating a high level of smart control technology in its products. 

About Fleet Readiness Center East:

For more than 60 years, the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East aboard MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., has played an important part in national defense.  Our workforce has earned a reputation of excellence in providing world-class maintenance, engineering and logistics support for Navy and Marine Corps aviation, as well as other armed services, federal agencies and foreign governments. Our skilled workforce uses state-of-the-art technology to ensure that FRC East is without equal in providing quality, cost-effective support. 

Fleet Readiness Center East

Thermwood LSAM Produces Solid, Void-free Parts 

About the Thermwood LSAM

About the Thermwood LSAM 

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Thermwood Adds Thermographic Imaging to its Additive Manufacturing Machines

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, Monitoring, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermographic, Thermwood LSAM, Camera

Thermwood has added thermographic imaging as a standard feature to our large scale additive manufacturing machines (which we call LSAM "L-Sam"). This addition makes it easier to adjust and control the printing process, resulting in the best possible printed structures.  

Know and Control the Temperature

In order to print high quality, void free large scale 3D printed structures, the previous layer must be cool enough to support the new layer without distortioin, but must also be warm enough to fuse completely with the new layer as it is applied. To accomplish this, we must first know and be able to control the temperature of the surface throughout the printing process. There is a narrow range of temperatures for each material where 3D printing is optimal. The goal is to continuously operate within that range.

Real-time Full Color Thermal Image of the Part
 Thermwood LSAM Real-time Full Color Thermal Image of the Part

Thermwood’s new thermographic imaging system shows the operator a full color thermal image of the part as it is being printed. In this image, different colors depict different surface temperatures of the part. With our system, a green color, is assigned to the ideal range of temperatures for the material being printed. The thermal image is displayed on the control screen in a movable, resizable window. The goal is to continuously print on green. 

Easily Adjust Print Speed and Temperature

Easily Adjust Print Speed and Temperature

Once print temperatures are known and the ideal print temperature can be identified, Thermwood’s print head control makes it easy to adjust printing parameters to achieve the ideal print surface temperature. If the part becomes too hot, fan cooling can be increased or print speed can be reduced to allow more cooling time between layers. If the part temperature becomes too cool, print speed can be increased or cooling can be reduced. 

LSAM High-Output Print Heads Are Important

Thermwood’s high output print heads are also important to quality printing of large parts. In the past, trying to print large parts with low output print heads presented a different thermal problem. Slow print speeds prevented the print head from returning to a point before it becomes too cool to achieve a proper layer to layer bond. With Thermwood’s high output print heads (our largest prints up to 500 lbs/hr) this is no longer a problem. Really good quality large thermoplastic composite parts can be made. Our new thermographic imaging system provides temperature guidance and helps the operator to consistently achieve the desired results. 

Three Different Thermographic Camera Mounting Locations

Three Different Thermographic Camera Mounting LocationsThe thermographic camera can be mounted in three different locations. The first is a fixed position on a stand, inside the machine, looking at the part. The second mounting position is on the print gantry. This works well for parts that are too large to view as a single image. The camera can also be mounted to the print head itself, for special applications. Image output from the camera is integrated with Thermwood’s print gantry CNC control and the full color temperature image is displayed on a resizable window right on the control display itself. A touch screen allows the operator to touch any point on the image and read the exact temperature of that point. 

LSAM Produces Solid, Void-free Parts

Thermwood LSAM Produces Solid, Void-free Parts

Using this technology, Thermwood has been able to produce large tools that are solid and void free enough to maintain vacuum without sealing or surface coating. This simplifies production of the tool, allowing accurate machining of the surface without having to deal with distortions that might be caused by variations in the thickness of a coating. 

Print and Trim on the Same Machine

3D Print and Trim on the Same LSAM Machine

Thermwood offers a line of dual gantry additive manufacturing machines which both print and trim parts on the same machine. These machines can be up to 100 feet long with print head output rates from 150 to 500 pounds per hour.  


About the Thermwood LSAM

About the Thermwood LSAM

The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  

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Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Why Purchase a Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Purchase, Affordable, 2016

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

“I’ll buy a CNC router as soon as I can afford it”.  Is this something you’ve said to yourself time and time again over the years?  Surveys indicate that 50% to 70% of cabinet shops say this, depending on which survey you read. A CNC router is automation, it is productivity and it is on every cabinetmakers short list of things they would really, really like to have. So exactly when can you afford a CNC router?

The simple answer is that you can afford it when it will make you more than it costs.  Taking a look at the Thermwood Cut Center, for instance, the Cut Center may have a slightly higher than average purchase price, but the immediate benefits and ability to get into production quickly can outweigh any initial costs.

The Cut Center is Different in a Good Way


The Thermwood Cut Center is Different in a Good WayThe Cut Center is not like any regular CNC router you may be familiar with.  It doesn’t require you to learn complex programming to operate, and is so user-friendly that it walks you through every step of the process when making cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and much more.  You simply tell the machine what you want to make via an easy to use touch screen interface, and it does it.  No programming is required.

 

"No Programming" is a Huge Factor

Thermwood Cut Center - No Programming!

That little bit about “no programming” is huge factor – no matter how great of a deal you get on the purchase of a CNC router, it will still need to be programmed.  This means that you either need to learn to program yourself or you’ll need to hire a CNC programmer. 

A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center.  And every few years, that programmer will most likely cost more money, while the payments on a Cut Center will go away once the machine is paid off.

 

How About Programming it Myself?

No programming necessary with the Thermwood Cut Center

Programming it yourself is possible, but it isn’t simple.  CNC routers require a constant stream of programs to run. Solving problems (like damaged or scrapped parts or defects in material) means even more CNC programs. Programming custom cabinets on a CNC router is a full time job….good thing you have nothing else to do! 

No Software Required

And don’t forget about the software to run the CNC router. Cheap cabinet software is limited and difficult. It will most likely take more time to learn and operate, which means more money. Really good software can cost as much, or more than a cheap CNC router, and then you still need to learn to use it.

Save By Using Scrap Material

Save money by using your scrap material with the Thermwood Cut CenterAnother consideration is scrap material. You will most likely have one or more partial sheets left from each job. Regardless of what they tell you, it is so difficult, complex and expensive to add this to new jobs that virtually everyone just throws it away. With the Cut Center, you just scan the label on any extra material lying around and it is added to the job, automatically. This can mean a lot of money saved at the end of the year. 

Get Into Production Quickly

Get into production quickly with the Thermwood Cut Center

With the typical Thermwood Cut Center installation, you can be in full production is a little as about half a day.  A regular CNC router can take as much as six months to get to that point.  A half a day or half a year?  In business, time is money, and there is serious cost associated with that half a year.

Enhancing Employee Productivity

Enhance employee productivity with the Thermwood Cut Center

A new CNC router can sometimes be seen by employees as intimidating or threatening when it is installed into a shop.  Your workers may either be worried that their jobs could be affected by this dazzling new piece of equipment, or that they will be required to learn an entirely new programming language or operating procedure.  With the Thermwood Cut Center, there is no programming knowledge necessary.  Basically anyone can walk up to the machine, pick out part(s), select their desired quantities/sizes and make it.  The Cut Center is designed to be as simple as possible to operate, and to help shops and employees be more productive and efficient.

Another Way to Make Money with a Thermwood Cut Center

List your business for free on the Thermwood Production Sharing MapFinally, there is Production Sharing. This is a program where you sell production time on your machine by making parts for other shops that don’t have a Cut Center or CNC router. Thermwood provides an area on our web site where you can advertise your services (there is no cost for this), and you work directly with the other shops to set up your jobs.  Thermwood receives no money for these transactions.


More about the Thermwood Cut Center:

Operate as a Cut Center with No Programming

Operate the Thermwood Cut Center as a CNC Router or a Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionWith the award-winning Thermwood Cut Center, there are no computers or design software. Everything is already in the machine. There is no programming. The cut center doesn’t need a computer to tell it how to move because it already knows how to make cabinets. Just tell it what you want to make, and it does it - it is that simple!  

Operate as a CNC Router

Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. Thermwood has created a simple way to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run.

Operate as a Cut Center or as a CNC Router - the best of both worlds!

What our Cut Center Customers Think...

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Original Woodworking with their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Bednark Studio and their new Thermwood Cut Center

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Upcoming Cut Center Feature Video - MDF Doors Using Profile Tooling with Corner Cleanup

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, MDF doors, 2016, Updated Features

ThThermwood Cut Center - MDF Doors made with standard profile tooling with corner cleanupermwood's Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center is an alternative to traditional CNC routers for making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming.  

With the Cut Center, you have two choices in how you can operate. You can use it as an easy-to-operate Cut Center (just tell it what you want to make and it does it), or you can use it as a traditional CNC router with CNC Access.  

Upcoming Feature Preview:

We are constantly adding new features and capabilities to the powerful Cut Center.  Please click below to see a video preview of the newest - the ability to quickly and easily machine MDF doors using standard profile tooling with corner cleanup. Just select the door(s) you would like to make, select the profile, input the size(s) and the Cut Center makes it.



What Our Customers Are Saying


About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

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Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90 CNC Router Video - Machining a Bust Out of Low-Density Foam

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, 5 Axis, Model 90, Video, Foam, Machining

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This part was machined on a Thermwood 5 Axis Dual Table 5'x'5 Model 90 CNC router.  

The bust was machined out of polyurethane low-density foam and took approximately 5-6 hours for the cycle time.  The tool path was completed in MasterCAM X9, and had over 1.6 million lines of code.  


About the Thermwood Model 90

Thermwood Model 90 CNC Router

The Thermwood Model 90 is a heavy-duty, high-speed 5 Axis CNC Router specifically designed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining of thermoformed, composite and fiberglass parts.

It is available in a variety of table sizes including:

Single table sizes 5'x5', 5'x10' and 10'x5' and Dual table sizes from 5'x'5, 5'x10' and 5'x12' with other table sizes available.

This robust system offers a variety of options and features to tackle a multitude of different applications, and is laser calibrated to assure the most accurate absolute positioning and repeatability.


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Thermwood LSAM Time-Lapse Video 3D Printing and Trimming Mold

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM

Time-lapse Video 3D Printing/Trimming a Mold on the LSAM

Here we present a time-lapse video demonstrating the Thermwood LSAM 3D printing two parts of a mold at once and then trimming. 

About the Thermwood LSAM

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The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  


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Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Updated Features, Contemporary Floating Bedroom

Latest Update Summary

We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center. Our latest update adds another unique library to the Cut Center that can be selected, resized and machined with NO Programming!

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

The Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite is a collection of unique contemporary bedroom furniture that appears to float above the floor without visible legs or support. It presents a simple elegant style that compliments any contemporary setting. 

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut CenterBeds (available in all standard sizes) can be used with a traditional box spring and mattress offering a more traditional appearance or they can be used with a platform and mattress for a low, modern look.

While these pieces can be made from any material, it is recommended that they be made from either pre-finished or unfinished hardwood veneer plywood. The unfinished material supports a variety of contemporary finishing techniques from a simple stain or clear coat to dramatic solid colors.

This collection is assembled using just a screwdriver and “lock dado” joints. The dresser, chest, and night stand are all resizable. Drawers use “slot slides” where the drawer bottoms extend out each side and ride in slots machined in the sides. This offers easy assembly, smooth operation and precise alignment.

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut CenterThis collection offers simple, elegant and highly attractive furniture with high-end, avant-garde Italian styling.

 

 

 

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers for making a wide variety of products including cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and much more.  Just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  NO programming is required. 

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Time-Lapse Video of Thermwood LSAM 3D Printing Two Parts Simultaneously

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM

Time-lapse Video

Here we present a time-lapse video demonstrating the Thermwood LSAM 3D printing two parts simultaneously. 

About the Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood LSAM Time-Lapse Video 3D Printing Two Parts Simultaneously

The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  


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Thermwood 5 Axis High-Performance Heavy-Duty Model 90 Videos

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, 5 Axis, Model 90, High Performance, Video

The Multi-Purpose 90 is a heavy-duty five-axis designed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining, available in single or dual moving aluminum tables.  It is capable of full five axis simultaneous motions with extremely fast accelerations.

Bust machined on Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90

Thermwood Model 90 5 Axis 5'x12' CNC Router
Model 90 5 Axis 5'x12' CNC Router


Available Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Change Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM larger spindle sizes available)
  • Continuous C-Axis
  • Impact Resistant Head 
  • Moving Aluminum Table
  • Fixed Gantry
  • 24" Z Standard (available up to 60")
  • Full 5 Axis Simultaneous Motion
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Thermwood QCore SuperControl
  • Tool Center Point Programming (TCP)
  • 5 Axis Chip Collection
  • 10 Position Rotary Tool Changer
  • Enclosure 
  • Gantry Lighting 
  • Multi-Function Gridded Pod Table 
  • In the Leg Tool Changer
  • Bar Style Tool Changer
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor 
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 

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