Is a Thermwood Cut Center Right for Me?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, CNC Router, Free, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Access, Affordable, Arkansas Wood Doors, Cabinet Technologies, Impressions

Thermwood Cut Center - No Programming Required

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.

Other CNC Routers - Lots of Programming Required

Every CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer. A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmer

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up.

"Maybe I'll Just Program it Myself..."

Thermwood Cut Center - No Programming!Good luck! 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! 

And then there’s software. Cheap cabinet software is limited and difficult. It takes more time which means more money. Really good software can cost as much, or more than your cheap router.

And there’s scrap. You will 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. 

Thermwood Cut Center - Get Into Production Quickly

Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

Also, it is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day. A CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year.

Other CNC Routers - Not So Cheap After All

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, to match a Thermwood Cut Center they would have to pay YOU to use their router. 

Instead of looking for the cheapest possible CNC router, do this thing right, get a Thermwood Cut Center….your life will be better and you will make more money.

What our Cut Center Customers Think...


More about the Thermwood Cut Center:

Operate as a Cut Center with No Programming

Operate 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!  

 

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Thermwood Heavy-Duty High-Performance Multi-Purpose Model 45

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, Nested Base, 3 Axis, CNC Router, Cabinet, Model 45, Solid Wood, Phenolic, Display Fixtures

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose 45 is a heavy-duty, high-performance three axis CNC router available in either single or dual spindles with optional rotary axis used in the machining of cabinets, solid wood, millwork, phenolic, display fixtures and much more.

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Features of the Model 45:

  • Fixed table sizes from 5'x5' to 7'x12'
  • Optional Rotary Axis
  • Moving Gantry
  • Single or Dual 12P HSD Spindle (3,000-24,000RPM)
  • 4 Position Bar Style Automatic Tool Changer
  • Optional Single or Dual 18HP HSD Spindle Available
  • Optional 5-Position At-the-Head AutomaticTool Changer Available
  • Optional Nemi Pod System Available
  • Automatic Lubrication (optional)
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor (optional)
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support   

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  • 4 Position Bar Style Automatic Tool Changer

Thermwood Heavy-Duty AutoProcessor in a Customer's Shop

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, CNC Router, Auto Labeling, AutoProcessor, Auto Unload, Auto Load

The Thermwood AutoProcessor is a high-speed, automatic load/unload, heavy-duty three-axis CNC routing system for nested based feed through machining.  Available in a variety of machine table sizes, it is used in nested based production of cabinets, closets and custom furniture. 

Thermwood AutoProcessor

How it Works:

With each cycle, the machine simultaneously labels one sheet while positioning and machining the other sheet.  It then off-loads the finished parts while loading the next sheet and repeats the process. Dust collection during this process keeps scrap and debris to a minimum.Labels help the operator to quickly sort the parts, and Assembly Marks help final assembly happen quickly and easily.

Thermwood AutoProcessor 5'x10' in a Customer's Shop:


Features of the Thermwood AutoProcessor:

  • Various Table Sizes Available (5'x10', 5'x12' and 7''x12')
  • Automatic Load/Unload System (6000 lb automatic lift table for loading and a steel offload/work table)
  • 12HP (3,000-24,000 RPM) Spindle
  • Universal Vacuum 
  • Rake w/Integrated Dust Collection
  • Rapid Speed:  4100 Inches per minute
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • 10 Position Rotary Automatic Changer
  • Automatic Pop-Up Pins
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Automatic Labeling System
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 

Drawings:

Thermwood AutoProcessor - Front View

Thermwood AutoProcessor - Side View

Thermwood AutoProcessor - Top View

Thermwood Cut Center - The Best of Both Worlds!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 13, 2016

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, CNC Router, Free, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Access, Affordable, Arkansas Wood Doors, Cabinet Technologies, Impressions, Bednark Studio

Operate as a Cut Center

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

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.

What our Customers Say...

Other CNC Routers - Programming Required?

Every CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer. A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmers.

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up. 

Get Into Production Quickly

Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionAlso, it is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day. A CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year.

Not So Cheap After All

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, to match a Thermwood Cut Center THEY would have to pay YOU to use their router. 

Instead of looking for the cheapest possible CNC router, do this thing right, get a Thermwood Cut Center….your life will be better and you will make more money.

The Bottom Line...

Don't have extensive programming experience?  Have programming experience and want both the flexibility of a CNC router and the ease of use of a Cut Center?  Looking for a machine that will grow with your business?  Then Thermwood's Cut Ready Cut Center with new "CNC Access" is the machine for you!  


Bednark Studio of Brooklyn, NY with their new Thermwood Cut Center
(Back row), Troy, Jody Wilmes of Thermwood, Kenny and Michael (front row) of Bednark Studio in Brooklyn, NY with their new Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center at their shop.
Cody, John, Christina and Alberto of ‪‎Arkansas Wood Doors‬ with their new ‪‎Thermwood‬ ‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬ at their shop.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cody, John, Christina and Alberto of ‪‎Arkansas Wood Doors‬ in Pottsville, AR with their new ‪‎Thermwood‬ ‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬ at their shop.
Jody Wilmes of ‎Thermwood‬ with Pete, Chuck and Chris of ‪‎Cabinet Technologies‬ in El Mirage, AZ. and their brand new ‪‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jody Wilmes of ‎Thermwood‬ with Pete, Chuck and Chris of ‪‎Cabinet Technologies‬ in El Mirage, AZ. and their brand new ‪‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬.

Thermwood Cut Center - make custom cabinets, doors, furniture, closets and much more with No Programming!

 

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Cut Center Impressions - Arkansas Wood Doors and Cabinet Technologies

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Access, Affordable, Arkansas Wood Doors, Cabinet Technologies, Impressions

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center is an all-new alternative to traditional CNC routers for making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming.  

Here we present a short video featuring two new Cut Center owners and their impressions of the machine and its capabilities.  Take a listen to John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Peter Bruno of Cabinet Technologies in El Mirage, AZ as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.


Cody, John, Christina and Alberto of ‪‎Arkansas Wood Doors‬ with their new ‪‎Thermwood‬ ‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬ at their shop.
Cody, John, Christina and Alberto of ‪‎Arkansas Wood Doors‬ with their new ‪‎Thermwood‬ ‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬ at their shop.
 
Jody Wilmes of ‎Thermwood‬ with Pete, Chuck and Chris of ‪‎Cabinet Technologies‬ in El Mirage, AZ. and their brand new ‪‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬.
 Jody Wilmes of ‎Thermwood‬ with Pete, Chuck and Chris of ‪‎Cabinet Technologies‬ in El Mirage, AZ. and their brand new ‪‎CutReady‬ ‎Cut Center‬.

Thermwood Cut Center - make custom cabinets, doors, furniture, closets and much more with No Programming!

Looking for the Cheapest Possible CNC Router...How About Free?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Tags: CNC, CNC Router, Free, Cut Ready, Cut Center, WMS Show, Cheap, CNC Access, Affordable

Programming Required?

Thermwood Cut CenterEvery CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer. A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmers.

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up. 

I'll Program it Myself

Good luck! 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! 

And then there’s software. Cheap cabinet software is limited and difficult. It takes more time which means more money. Really good software can cost as much, or more than your cheap router.

And there’s scrap. You will 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

Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionAlso, it is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day. A CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year.

Not So Cheap After All

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, to match a Thermwood Cut Center they would have to pay YOU to use their router. 

Instead of looking for the cheapest possible CNC router, do this thing right, get a Thermwood Cut Center….your life will be better and you will make more money.


See the Cut Center at WMS 2015!

The 2015 WMS Show (November 5th-7th) promises to be an exciting opportunity to visit Toronto and see the very latest technology from Thermwood! 

Like the award winning Thermwood Cut Center (make virtually anything a cabinet shop would want to make - with no programming), as well as the AutoProcessor 5'x10' (a high-speed, automatic load/unload, heavy-duty CNC routing system for nested based feed through machining).

CNC AutomationPlease come and visit us at CNC Automation booth #2013. Click this link (use promo code CNCAUT15) to obtain passes to the show on behalf of CNC Automation (exclusive Canadian Thermwood dealer).

See the Award-Winning Thermwood Cut Center at WMS Toronto!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Tags: Announcements, Trade Shows, Cut Ready, Cut Center, AutoProcessor, CNC Automation, WMS Show

The 2015 WMS Show (November 5th-7th) promises to be an exciting opportunity to visit Toronto and see the very latest technology from Thermwood! 

Like the award winning Thermwood Cut Center (make virtually anything a cabinet shop would want to make - with no programming), as well as the AutoProcessor 5'x10' (a high-speed, automatic load/unload, heavy-duty CNC routing system for nested based feed through machining).

CNC AutomationPlease come and visit us at CNC Automation booth #2013. Click this link (use promo code CNCAUT15) to obtain passes to the show on behalf of CNC Automation (exclusive Canadian Thermwood dealer).

Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with No Programming

With 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 with CNC Access

If you want to operate the Cut Center as a CNC Router, you can. With CNC Access, you can operate the Cut Center as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.  Plus, (using eCabinet Systems software and following specific design protocols), you can custom design products and add them to the Cut Center libraries and then those items can be machined by the Cut Center with no further programming. 

AutoProcessor

Thermwood AutoProcessor 5'x10' CNC RouterThe AutoProcessor 5'x10' is a high-speed, automatic load/unload, heavy-duty CNC routing system for nested based feed through machining.  It is used in nested based production of cabinets, closets and custom furniture. 

Thermwood Continues Development of its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing System

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Oct 19, 2015

Tags: Announcements, Additive, Large Scale, Testing

Thermwood Corporation, a major U.S. based manufacturer of CNC routers, has embarked on a program to develop Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) which can perform both the “additive” and “subtractive” functions on the same machine. This approach, called “near net shape”, uses a high volume thermoplastic printer to quickly create a part that is nearly, but not exactly, the final net shape. A “subtractive” function then machines the part to the exact final net shape. In its final form, Thermwood’s system will perform both the “Additive” and “Subtractive” functions on the same machine.

MeltShape Technology 

Thermwood’s MeltShape wheel is servo controlled to precisely follow machine motion.
Thermwood's MeltShape wheel is servo controlled to precisely follow machine motion

Vertical wall after additive process

 

Horizontal slab during additive process

Both vertical walls and horizontal slabs were successfully built during initial testing


More complex pattern during the additive process

More complex pattern after the subtractive trimming process
A more complex pattern was also created and trimmed as part of the testing process


Thermwood’s development system has performed well during initial additive testing. It has been tested through its entire operating range. This startup effort included initial validation of an all new “MeltShape Technology”. Melt shaping promises enhanced control of layer shape and improved bonding between layers. This new patent pending approach uses one or more shaping wheels to shape, form and compress the hot plastic melt as it is being extruded, insuring that each new layer is the proper shape and thickness and that it bonds firmly to previously applied material.  Melt shaping offers a new and promising technique in the advancement of large scale additive manufacturing. 

Featuring an extruder from American Kuhne

American Kuhne

Kevin Slusarz, American Kuhne vice president of process technology, assisted with the start-up effort.  American Kuhne, a Graham Group Company, supplied the custom extrusion system for Thermwood’s development machine. The extrusion system performed flawlessly during initial testing. Extruder controls are designed to smoothly network and integrate with the machine control. “We are quite pleased to have a partner like American Kuhne as part of this development program” says Ken Susnjara, Thermwood’s CEO. 

20% Carbon Graphite Filled ABS

The material processed during startup testing was a 20% carbon graphite filled ABS from Techmer ES. Thermwood is in discussions with other material supplier to test their material in this new application. 

MeltShaping Approach 

Thermwood’s melt shaping approach to adding material offers several significant advantages. Because layers are rolled together, rather than tamped together, air between layers is squeezed out during the additive process, so it is much less likely that air becomes trapped between layers. This was borne out during initial testing which produced virtually void free walls. This addresses the problem of trapped air delaminating layers when a part is processed through a heated autoclave, which is a common requirement for aerospace parts and patterns.  

Full Six Axis Articulated Additive Deposition Head 

This approach uses a melt shaping wheel that interact with the extruded thermoplastic bead while it is still hot and pliable. The shaping wheel is servo controlled so it can track the direction of machine motion. The Thermwood machine is a full six axis system, five axes to position the head in any orientation and the sixth axis to align the shaping wheels to the machine motion direction. Thermwood has added a software feature to its Q Core CNC control called “Tangential Following” which automatically keeps the shaping wheel aligned with the direction of machine motion without the need for six axis programming. This eliminates the need for a specialized CAD/CAM system to handle the sixth axis and allows the use of virtually any five-axis CAD/CAM system to program machine motion. 

Multiple Shaping Modules

Thermwood envisions different shaping wheels, each imparting specific characteristics to the hot plastic bead. 

Further Details

Because of its five axis head configuration, material can be applied at an angle or onto a curved surfaces in addition to traditional horizontal layers. This capability opens new processing possibilities and supports free form additive manufacturing techniques not currently possible. 

Thermwood’s initial test machine, which can print parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot thick, is expected to be fitted with a five axis “subtractive” gantry trim system in the next few months at which time all functions can be performed on the same machine. 

Ongoing Development

Thermwood Additive Manufacturing System
Thermwood’s LASM development machine can print parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot high

Thermwood plans to continue this development effort with the goal of offering these machines in a variety of large sizes for commercial applications. Management cannot yet determine when the technology might be sufficiently refined for commercial rather than purely research and development applications. In the meantime Thermwood plans to continue working with material vendors, R&D operations and potential users in an ongoing development effort.

Large Sculptures created on a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 67 CNC Router at John Cox's Creature Workshop

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Tags: 5 Axis, CNC Router, Model 67, john cox, sculptures, 67

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Model 67 5'x12' Dual Table CNC Router shown


Description:

The Model 67 is entry-level fixed-gantry, moving table 5 Axis CNC router that is used for trimming formed parts, patterns or molds using five-axis simultaneous motions.  It is available with a variety of either single or dual moving solid aluminum table sizes.


Features of the Model 67:

  • Single table sizes from 5'x5' to 10'x5' or dual table sizes from 5'x5' to 5'x12'
  • Fixed Gantry
  • Moving Solid Aluminum Table
  • 7.5HP HSD Dual End Spindle (3,000-18,000RPM)
  • 24' Z axis standard (available up to 48" Z axis)
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Full 5 axis simultaneous motions
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor (optional)
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 

Videos featuring large sculptures created on a Thermwood Model 67 at John Cox's Creature Workshop:

 

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Thermwood Model 77 for Large Format Composite, Aerospace, Pattern/Mold Machining

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, 5 Axis, Announcements, CNC Router, Model 77, manufacturing

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Five Axis Series combines all the elements needed for trimming of large aerospace and composite materials as well as machining large format patterns and molds/plugs for the aviation and defense industries.

Here we look at the Thermwood Model 77.  This heavy-duty, high-speed, moving gantry machine is ideal for machining large applications utilizing heavy fixtures.

Lenny and Mike with their newly installed Thermwood Model 77 5'x10' 5 Axis CNC Router

Lenny and Mike with their newly installed Model 77 5’x10’ 5 Axis CNC router featuring an enclosed overhead cap cover, 10 position rotary automatic tool changer, 36" Z Axis, gantry lighting system, access doors, Nemi pod table and rear dust extraction booth.

Thermwood Model 77 5x10 CNC Router


Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Change Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM Spindle) (other spindles available)
  • Impact Resistant 5 Axis Head 
  • 36" Z (other sizes available)
  • 10 Position Rotary Tool Change System
  • Full 5 Axis Simultaneous Motion
  • Fixed Drill and Tapped Aluminum Table
  • Conventional Style Vacuum Plumbing
  • Heavy Duty Access Doors
  • Gantry Lighting
  • Overhead Cover Cap
  • Rear Dust Extraction Booth
  • Tool Center Point Programming (TCP)
  • Rapid Speed: 3500 inches per minute
  • Moving Gantry
  • Thermwood Q Core SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • Volumetric 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Chip Collection
  • Multi-Function Nemi Pod Table
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 
Model 77 Options

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