Thermwood Model 67 and 90 for Trimming, Molds & Pattern Machining

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Tags: CNC, 5 Axis, CNC Router, Model 90, Model 67, trimming, molds, patterns

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Five Axis Series combines all the elements needed for trimming formed parts, patterns and molds using five-axis simultaneous motions.  

Here we look at the Thermwood Model 67 and 90.  These heavy-duty moving-table machines are ideal for high-speed trimming and pattern machining, and come in either single or dual table configurations:


Multi-Purpose 67

The Multi-Purpose 67 is an entry-level five axis available with a variety of either single or dual moving aluminum table sizes.

Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Change Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM, larger spindle sizes available)
  • Impact Resistant Head 
  • Moving Aluminum Table/Fixed Gantry
  • 24" Z Standard (available up to 48")
  • Full 5 Axis Simultaneous Motion
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Thermwood Q Core SuperControl
  • Tool Center Point Programming (TCP)
  • Chip Collection 
  • Bar Style Tool Changer
  • In the Leg Tool Changer 
  • Remote Start/Stop 
  • Gantry Lighting 
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
Thermwood Model 67 7x10 CNC Router

Model 67 7x10 Single Moving Table

Thermwood Model 67 10x5 CNC Router

Model 67 5x10 Dual Moving Tables


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Multi-Purpose 90

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.

Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Changer Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM larger spindle sizes available)
  • 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)
  • Chip Collection
  • Multi-Function Nemi Pod Table 
  • In the Leg Tool Changer 
  • Bar Style Tool Changer
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor

Thermwood Model 90 5x12 Dual Table CNC Router

Model 90 5x12 Dual Moving Tables

Thermwood Model 90 10x5 CNC Router

Model 90 10x5 Single Moving Table


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More Info

To find out more about either of these two machines, or any of our other 5 axis offerings, please give us a call at 1-800-533-6901 or click below to fill out an information request form.  We hope to hear from you soon!

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Add Your Products to Thermwood’s Cut Center and make them with No Computer, No Software, No Programming

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Tags: Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Easy, Custom

We Add Your Products for You!

We add custom products to the Cut Center for you!Thermwood’s award winning Cut Ready – Cut Center makes cabinets, closets, and related products without the need for a separate computer, design software or CNC programming, but what if you make something else?  How do you get “no programming” and the simple, intuitive operation of a Cut Center for other products? With our new “Special Products” program the answer is simple, we add them for you 

With this new program, definitions for your unique products are custom developed and installed in your Cut Center. These are not just CNC programs. Definitions teach your machine to make your products in all their variations, all their sizes, from all the materials you use. The machine does it all 

Easy to Run

Easily select your product and change size and features right at the Cut CenterYou run them by simply selecting what you want, right at the machine. You can use material of varying thickness and/or adjust product size and features, again, right at the machine. The machine adjusts for all of this with no separate computer, no software and no programming. This is by far the simplest, easiest way to make things 

How Does This Work?

  • The process begins by developing a formal, written description of the products you want to make. This description details all aspects of the product and becomes the guiding document for the development team 
  • Once product definitions (based on your description), are complete, sample products are run to make certain that they function properly and that you are happy with the result.
  • We then install the new definitions in your Cut Center. If you are installing several items, a Thermwood technician may visit your shop to help get you going. Otherwise, we can connect online, directly to your Cut Center, and make additions or changes as needed, without the need for a technical visit 

Add more than just Cabinets and Furniture

The Special Products Section allows you to make you own custom products easily with the Thermwood Cut CenterThis service is not restricted to cabinets or furniture items but will work for about anything that can be run on a CNC router. Some products may require special fixtures to hold the part and/or special tooling. In those cases the required fixtures and tools will be detailed in the written description and will be developed, tested and supplied as part of the “Special Products" package. All you do is select and run them 

The Special Products Section allows you to make you own custom products easily with the Thermwood Cut Center

Add More Products at any Time

You can add additional products at any time and have existing product definitions modified if necessary. We stand ready to manage your product offering so you don’t have to 

With the “Special Products” addition you still have all the features and product capabilities of the Cut Center, with your unique products as an added benefit 


More Information

To find out more about the Cut Center and the process of adding your custom products, please give us a call at 1-800-533-6901 or click below to fill out an information request form.  We hope to hear from you soon!

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Update adds Significant New Features to Thermwood’s Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 06, 2015

Tags: Cut Ready, Cut Center, Furniture, Custom, EZ Office

Thermwood released the first update for its Cut Ready - Cut Centers today, adding new product libraries, plus additions to existing libraries as well as some all new cutting routines. In addition, you can now have your products (which may not be part of the standard product offering) custom added to your Cut Center!  This is a serious update incorporating some major technical advances 

The Cut Center, introduced at IWF in Atlanta, allows shops to manufacture a large variety of cabinets, and related products with no computers, software or CNC programming. It’s easy and can be run by existing folks without specialized training. This update increases the number and variety of products Cut Centers can make, plus adds new capabilities not previously found on this type of machine 

EZ Office

Cut Center EZ OfficeIt adds a line of office furniture, called “EZ Office” suitable for a small business or home office. The entire line is made from a single material, either 3/4 inch or 19mm thick sheet stock. Pieces are assembled using lock joints, which combine mortise and tenon slots with cam-lock fasteners. This is a superior joint resulting in high quality solid construction. Each design includes step by step assembly instructions, suitable for a consumer, so these items could be made from pre-finished material and sold unassembled 

Hidden Bed

The second product addition is a Hidden-Bed, which is a large desk that turns into a twin bed. The unique feature of this design is that the desk top remains parallel to the ground as the bed is pulled down so it is not necessary to clear it off to use the bed

The hidden-bed integrates smoothly in both size and design with tall closet cabinets already in the Cut Centers 

New "Cuts" Capabilities

We have also added three fundamentally new “Cuts” capabilities. These cutting features introduce an all new way to work with an automated machine… something that has not been done before (this video shows this… it’s worth watching) 

 

Full Thickness Backs Added for Frameless Cabinets

The frameless base cabinet designs in Thermwood’s Cut Center currently have a quarter inch slide-in back, either with or without nailers. Although this works for most in the US, we’ve received requests from Canadian shops for a full thickness, slide-in back option for frameless base cabinets. Reacting to those requests, full thickness backs have been added to frameless base cabinets in the latest Cut Center update 

Add Your Products to the Cut Center with "Special Products"

And finally, we have developed a program for those who want to make things not already in the Cut Center. How do you get “No Programming” and the simple, intuitive operation of a Cut Center for your special products? With our new “Special Products” program the answer is simple, we add them for you 

Definitions for your unique products are custom developed and installed in your Cut Center. These are not just CNC programs. Definitions teach your machine to make your products in all their variations, all their sizes, from all the materials you use. If your product requires special fixtures or tooling, we will develop and supply them also. This is a complete, ready-to-run solution 

Run your products by simply selecting what you want, right at the machine. You can use material of varying thickness and/or adjust product size and features, again, right at the machine. The machine adjusts for all of this with no separate computer, no software and no programming. This is by far the simplest, easiest way to make things. This program is not restricted to cabinets and furniture. It will work for any product that can be manufacturered on a router 

You can add additional products at any time and can have existing product definitions modified. We stand ready to manage your product offering so you don’t have to 

With the “Special Products” addition, you still have all the features and product capabilities of the standard Cut Center, with your unique products as an added benefit 

Continuous Free Updates

This new Cut Center update, which adds valuable new features and exciting new products, is available to all Cut Center users as a free download, right through their machine. Thermwood expects to continually update both product offering and system capabilities and, as they are developed, these advances will be offered free to existing Cut Center users 


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Why Choose a Cut Center?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, cabinets, MDF doors, No Programming

Thermwood has introduced our IWF Challenger's Award Winning “Cut Ready – Cut Center” as an alternative to CNC routers for making custom cabinets.  

In this post, we ask two main questions:  Why would you want a Thermwood Cut Center instead of a traditional nested based CNC router?  Why would a major supplier of CNC routers introduce a new product that competes directly with its already successful products in this market segment?

Why a Cut Center?

With the advanced technology available today, we at Thermwood believe that it’s time for something new…. something even better… something a lot easier, so after almost five years of technical development, we have released the Cut Ready – Cut Center. This system is clearly not a CNC router. It looks a little like a CNC router, but it doesn’t work at all like a CNC router. 

A nested based CNC router has three basic elements:

It requires a significant effort to engineer, select, buy, install, learn, tool, program and operate a CNC router system. While many shops embrace this challenge, many others do not. 
Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

A cut center consists of a single element, the machine. Everything is inside the machine, pre-selected, pre-installed and ready to run. There is no programming with a cut center. That’s right, no programmingnone. A cut center actually knows how to make cabinets, allowing the user to make cabinets in about any way they want by just selecting the desired product. You simply tell the machine what kind of cabinet you want (face frame/frameless, single/double side material, toe kick/detached toe, etc.), then select the specific cabinet from all the cabinets made that way and adjust the size.

Installing a Cut Center

Installation of a cut center consists of connecting power, air and dust collection and you are ready to run production right away.

Cut Center Has an Impressive Selection 

You can also make drawers and drawer fronts in the Cut Center

The number of products you can make with a cut center is impressive. In addition to kitchen cabinets, there are closet, bath and utility cabinets and furniture (including book shelves, entertainment walls and table tops). You can also make drawers; side mount, undermount or slot slide, quarter inch or full thickness bottom, blind dado or dovetail construction. Simply tell the cut center to make drawers for the cabinets you cut and it does it - just that easy.  

 

A variety of door options are available in the Cut CenterIt also makes doors and drawer fronts. There are over 450 designs for MDF doors and drawer fronts including square, arch, cathedral, slab and sophisticated applied molding designs with both raised and recessed panels.

You can also make grain matched slab doors. Just like with drawers, simply tell the machine to make doors for the cabinets you just cut and it does it. It even makes moldings, both straight and arched. Select from hundreds of profiles, resize the profile in width and depth and it makes it. It uses a reverse 3d printing technique for MDF doors and moldings where, instead of adding a small amount of material each pass, it removes a small amount. This means that everything in the system is made with a set of standard tools.

Operating the Cut Center 

Operate the Cut Center through a large touch screen and remote clicker.Running the cut center is also different. Everything is handled through an adjustable touch screen and a remote “clicker” you wear. Pretty much everything is handled automatically, tooling management and tool life, vacuum hold down and spoilboard management. All the operator does is follow step by step instructions. If needed, there is a “Show Me” video for every step.  You can even call a real live person on the screen if you need more help. 

Why is a Cut Center for Me?

One reason you might want a cut center is that it can be run by just about anybody. Another reason is that you can produce a lot of different products with no programming and almost no effort. Thermwood has invested thousands of hours developing, testing and refining these programs. To duplicate this for a CNC router will also require thousands of hours. 

There is also the smooth integration between cabinets, drawers, doors and drawer fronts. Once you cut the cabinets, you can make everything else by just telling it to make it for those cabinets.Another reason is that details in these cabinet designs, some patented, make assembly easier. Assembly marks machined into the joints show you which parts fit together and in which orientation. Alignment pin holes make installing drawers really easy. The machine will print detail step by step assembly instructions for more complex items like closet cabinets. It also prints a label for each part showing you which job and cabinet the part is for, which edges get edge banded and a bar code in case you need to re-make the part. 

Ongoing Updates

Thermwood is continuously expanding the products our cut centers can produce, driven by feedback from users, and these new designs are available to all cut centers as a free download. System software updates are also available as a free download as they are released. The “Virtual Service” feature mentioned above is also available to cut center users for free. 

The Bottom Line

This is clearly a new approach. It is not for everyone, but we believe there are a significant number of cabinet shops that would rather make cabinets than program computers and so we created the Cut Ready – Cut Center.

 


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Thermwood Virtual Service - Help in an Instant

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, QCore, SuperControl, Service, virtual service


What is Virtual Service?

Virtual Service is a useful system provided for members of Thermwood's Advanced Support Program and owners of the Cut Ready Cut Center.  Virtual Service is a powerful audio and video link, using an internet connection, between the customer's SuperControl (QCore or Gen2) and the Thermwood service department that is used for helping prevent costly service trips and minimizing possible down time.

How Does it Work?

Thermwood Virtual ServiceVirtual Service is a "one way service" which can only be initiated from the customer's control.  The customer simply selects the "Connect to Virtual Service" button on their control, and within a short period of time, they are connected to a Thermwood service technician and can interact via voice, chat and webcam.

After the Virtual Service link is established, the customer can see and talk to the Thermwood service technician and the service technician can see, not just the cutomer, but also all of the critical parameters of the customer's control.  This connection essentially gives the service technician as much information as he would have if he were standing in front of the customer's control itself.  

Through this link, the control can be diagnosed in real-time and corrections made while programs are being executed. Programming errors can also be identified and corrected online.

Customers can typically handle many mechanical problems themselves if they are shown what to do, so related videos can also be launched by the Thermwood technician to be viewed by the customer on their end.

 

 

The Benefits

Virtual Service can effectively handle most difficulties and problems that occur and provide service in minutes instead of days or weeks - reducing downtime and frustration.


Virtual Service Capabilities

Monitor in real-time:

  • Machine motion
  • Axis positions
  • Inputs and outputs
  • Servo Information
  • Part program execution
  • PLC info
  • AFL messages
  • Axis Normalizaiton Info
  • Axis home switches
  • Machine trajectory information
  • Part program error messages
  • Feed rate override

View:

  • Tool setup data
  • Actuator setup data
  • Tool changer setup data
  • Fixture offset data
  • Maintenance clock information
  • Machine in/out limits

View or modify if necessary:

  • Macro files
  • PLC files
  • Machine setup files
  • Machine format files
  • All Thermwood system files

More Information

For more information on Thermwood's Virtual Service program, or to see a live demonstration of our 3 Axis or 5 Axis CNC Routers in action, please visit the link below:

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Thermwood 3 Axis Multi-Purpose CNC Routers

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Tags: 3 Axis, Model 43, Technology, Model 45, MTR, MTR 30DT, MTR 30, Model 53, Model 42, Model 63, MTR 21, MTR 36

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Three Axis Series are highly flexible, making them ideal for a variety of manufacturing applications.

Whether you are interested in a moving table machine for low profile machining or a fixed table for large sheet material, plastic or composite sheets or upholstery frames, we have a solution for you:


Multi-Purpose 45

The Multi-Purpose 45 is a heavy-duty three axis CNC router available in either single or dual spindles with optional rotary axis

Thermwood Model 45 Dual Spindle 5x5 CNC Router

Model 45 Dual Spindle 5'x5' Single Table

Thermwood Model 45 5x10 CNC Router

Model 45 5'x10' Single Table


Multi-Purpose 43

The Multi-Purpose 43 is an entry-level three axis CNC router made from fully stress-relieved structured steel for nested-based custom cabinets, custom furniture and support products.

Thermwood Model 43 4x8 CNC Router

Model 43 4'x8' Single Table - Moving Gantry

 


Multi-Purpose 53

The Multi-Purpose 53 is a moving gantry, fixed table, (optional roller hold down) three-axis CNC router, and is designed for the routing and stack machining of large sheet material such as fiberboard (MDF), particleboard and plywood. When configured as an optional FrameBuilder with Roller Hold-Down, it has all the elements needed to machine nested upholstered frame parts from sheet stock.  

Thermwood Model 53 5x20 CNC Router

Model 53 5'x20' Fixed Table

Thermwood FrameBuilder 53 5x10 CNC Router

FrameBuilder 53 5'x10' Fixed Table

  


Multi-Purpose 63

The Multi-Purpose 63 is a large bed three-axis CNC router with moving bridge and stationary table. Primarily designed for two dimensional machining of large composite parts, and is also highly recommended for the machining of three dimensional patterns.

Thermwood Multipurpose Model 63 5'x40' CNC Router

Model 63 5'x40' Fixed Table

 


Multi-Purpose 42

The Multi-Purpose 42 is a moving single or dual table(s), fixed gantry, CNC router primarily designed to machine materials such as hardwoods, softwoods, fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, plastics and aluminum.

 

Thermwood Model 42 5x10 Dual Spindle CNC Router

Model 42 5'x10' Dual Spindle 

Thermwood Model 42 Single Table 10x5 CNC Router

Model 42 10'x5' Single Moving Table


Multi-Purpose MTR

The Multi-Purpose MTR Series are complete three axis CNC routing systems with single or dual in-line tables for nested base, composite or plastics.

Thermwood MTR 30 Dual Table 5x10 CNC Router

MTR 30 Dual Tables 5'x10' Moving Gantry

Thermwood MTR 21 7'x12' CNC Router

MTR 21 7'x12' Single Moving Gantry


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An In-Depth Look at the Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Nov 05, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Automation, No Programming, Open House

Thermwood’s new Cut Ready - Cut Center works much differently than a CNC router.  In this post we take an in-depth look at some of the distinctions:

CNC Router

A CNC router operates in a sophisticated technical environment. Computers and sophisticated design software are used to design cabinets, layout kitchens and create the CNC programs needed to make those kitchens. An operating environment has developed around these capabilities that the industry has become accustomed to. It takes a highly-skilled and trained operator to program and operate these machines.

Cut Center

First, 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. To understand how this approach fits into the operating structure of a shop you must first realize that cut centers have been designed for cabinetmakers who are already running a successful business and simply want to make what they are doing more efficient with the least disruption possible. They don’t want to change from woodworkers to computer programmers but they would like to make their products faster, better and at lower cost. 

How Does This Work? 

The cut center works through a large touch screen which essentially performs three functions. First, it allows you to adjust settings that tell the machine how you want to work, plus it watches routine maintenance and tooling. 

The other two areas are picking what you want to make and actually making it. 

To pick what you want you have to know what you want. If a shop is operating, they have already developed some way of determining what they need to make. Some may do it by hand, other might use software or drawings or whatever works today. The cut center doesn’t mess with this area. Whatever you are doing today is what you will do with the cut center. 

-Choosing What to Make

Easily choose what you want to make on the Cut CenterOnce you know what you want and the sizes you need, picking it is intuitive and easy. Pretty much anyone can do it the first time, even if they have never seen the machine before. You do need to know how you want your cabinets made, but you don’t need to know anything about the machine. You will group all the cabinets you want to make into a job which the machine will nest together and cut. If you want, you can create a job but not necessarily run it right away, which is probably what most people will do. When you create a job and process it, the machine will tell you how many sheets of each material you will need and how long it will take to cut all the parts. This information can be quite useful when you are working with a customer and developing a quote. 

-Running the Job

Once you are ready, it is simply a matter of calling up the job and running it. Going back to the list of material, it not only tells you what material you will need but also tells you in what order the materials will be needed. You can print this out and use it as a pick list to load the handling carts. The Cut Ready Cut Center comes with two tilt carts that make it easy to retrieve and stage the material for a job. While you are working off of one you can be picking material for the next job. 

Once the cabinet boxes are complete, you can make drawers, doors and drawer fronts. These are easy. Simply select the type of drawer and the door and drawer front designs you want and tell it to make them for your job. If you don’t want to use the machine for your doors and drawers the machine will print out a list of sizes for you. 

-Stopping a Job

Another interesting aspect is that you can stop a job between sheets at any point and then finish it later. This is great when you go home at night or if you have to work in a “hot” job in the middle of regular production.  

-Familiar but Different 

Some of the operations of the machine would be familiar to anyone who has operated a CNC router but a number of areas are different. 

Let’s start with loading. First, the cut center manages the vacuum system. It turns the pump on and off and turns vacuum to the table on and off. When you are told to load a sheet, it pumps air through the table, sort of like an air hockey table, to make it easier to slide the sheet. It also uses special sensors that detect when the sheet is tight against the location stops. When this happens, the machine turns off the float air, turns on vacuum and drops the location stops, all automatically. 

-Using the Clicker

Another difference is the “clicker”, which is a fob-like device you wear around your neck. The silicone cord necklace for the clicker uses magnetic catches so if it gets caught it simply pulls off. This clicker is used to communicate with the machine so you don’t have to go back to the control every time you want to do something. It also allows you to stop the machine when it is cutting, so you don’t need to stay near the stop button while the machine is running. When you get used to the position sensors and the clicker, things that were awkward before become simple, natural and easy. 

-Flipping the Sheet

The flipper on the Cut Center makes flipping sheets a snapThere is a major difference in the way the cut center handles parts that need to be machined on both sides (more complex pieces like closets or cabinets made from single sided material often require machining on both sides). 

CNC routers generally cut the front side, cut the parts out and then machine the back side one part at a time. Not only is this difficult, but it can be confusing and is prone to error.   

The cut center takes a different approach. It starts by loading the sheet, back side up and doing the back side machining first, on the whole sheet. It then flips the sheet over and machines the front side. When the parts are cut out, they are complete, front and back. A really unique feature of the cut center is that it has a “flipper” on the front of the machine that flips the sheet over, so this process is really easy. Just slide the sheet into a clamp located just off the front of the table and the clamp grips the sheet and rotates it 180 degrees, all within the confines of the table. When you first load your sheet, if the backside is not up, you can use the flipper to fix that too. 

-Tooling is Managed For You

The Cut Center Manages Tooling for youTooling is also handled differently with a cut center. The machine manages tooling so you don’t have to. It uses standard “Cut Ready” tools. Each tool is numbered and has a “Chuck Line” showing how far to insert the tool into the tool holder. When a tool needs to be changed, the machine brings it to you and tells you which tool bit to insert. It then measures both the length and diameter of the new tool and adjusts all the tooling parameters. If you load the wrong bit by accident, it will know and will bring it back and ask you to fix it. 

Since the machine knows when a tool is changed, it also knows how long that tool lasted. After a while, it knows about how long each tool will last in your operation and will warn you when a tool nears its historical life. This can prevent cutting scrap parts because of dull tools. 

-Vacuum Hold Down

Another area that needs attention is vacuum hold down and waste board management. The “waste board” is a quarter inch thick board that sits on top of the table board. As parts are cut, shallow channels are cut into the waste board and eventually it needs to be resurfaced. Resurfacing is a simple automatic process that can be performed, even in the middle of a job. The machine keeps track of cuts in the waste board and warns you when it needs to be resurfaced. It may even require that you resurface it if it knows that parts on the next sheet will move. 

Final Thoughts

While this doesn’t cover every aspect of running a cut center, it should give you a flavor of what it is like to run this next generation of cabinet machines. They are flexible, easy and require a lot less technical skill and training. This almost makes cabinetmaking fun again.

Where to See

You can see and get hands-on experience with the IWF Challengers Award Winning Cut Center when it makes its Canadian debut November 6th and 7th at the CNC Automation Open House.  You can also contact us here at Thermwood to arrange a free personal and interactive demonstration here at our Dale, IN headquarters.  


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CNC Automation Open House

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Oct 08, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, Nested Base, 3 Axis, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Automation, Live Demonstrations

 

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Free Live Demonstrations at Thermwood

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 03, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, Demonstrations


demo_overviewThermwood's Demonstration Center is available for free live demonstrations at our modern factory headquarters in Dale, IN.  During your demo you can expect:

  • We will replicate your exact part(s) and show you how we can increase your productivity, while saving you money and time on a Thermwood CNC router.

  • Work with our CNC Experts in depth on your exact application(s), and ask questions about programming, machine operation, options, maintenance, financing, service and support.

  • See our manufacturing process from start to finish, and how we carefully build each machine from the ground up.

  • demo_overview_2Tour our facility to see our modern training center (where each machine purchase comes with a 1 week training class for two), factory and demonstration center.
  • See a wide variety of our machines, both three and five axis in action as well as the 2014 Challenger Award winning Cut Ready Cut Center.

  • We will record a video of your live demo for you to watch later.


 Demonstration Center

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Model 90 5 Axis Dual Table 5x5 CNC Router in our Demo Center


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Model 45 3 Axis 5x10 CNC Router in our Demo Center 


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Cut Ready Cut Center 5x10 in our Demo Center (winner of a 2014 IWF Challenger's Award)


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Model 43 3 Axis CNC Router 5x10 with Auto-Offload in our Demo Center


Kitchen cabinet design from IWF 2014 Thermwood booth - all made on a Cut Center

See examples of what our machines can make - Kitchen Design made entirely on a Cut Center


Web Demos

We also offer live Web Demos that allow you to interact with our Demonstration department via your computer.  These web demos are available for both the latest software solutions as well as our machines.  You can see the machine and control running your application and ask questions in real time.  

If time or travel is a factor, this might be a good first step to see what our machines can do for you, before you come in and see the process in person.  Our local representative is typically on-site at your facility during these demonstrations to help explain the process and answer any questions you may have.

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World's First 3D Printed Car Machined on Thermwood Model 70 at IMTS 2014

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Tags: CNC, Trade Shows, Model 70, Local Motors, Strati, 3D printing

Thermwood participated at the 2014 IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) in Chicago, as a part of the world's first 3D printed car team.  

This ambitious undertaking was conceived by Local Motors localmotors.com and carried out by several partners on the project, including Thermwood.  The overall concept was to 3D print, trim, assemble and drive the car all in the one-week time frame of the IMTS show in front of the over 100,000 attendees during the week.

After the car body was 3D printed (the additive portion of the process using a Cincinnati Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine), a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 70 10x15 CNC router was used as the subtractive portion to trim and shape the body into the final streamlined version. This process had to be precise to achieve the correct fit and finish of the body, fenders and all other parts.  

Overall, the entire 3D printing process took 44 hours, machining on the Thermwood took one full day and final assembly was two days! 

Additive portion of the project 

 Time-lapse of the Strati being printed


Subtractive portion on the Thermwood Model 70

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Thermwood Model 70 5 Axis CNC router performing the "subtractive" portion of the process

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Thermwood's Brent East put in long hours programming and running the subtractive portion of the car


Assembling the Strati

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Strati 3D Printed Car being assembled at the IMTS show


The Finished Product

After assembly, the finished Strati was ready to roll, and was driven on the last morning of the IMTS show on Saturday September 13th.   This World's First 3D Printed Car begins a lengthy international tour this week.

Local Motors CEO John B. Rogers Jr. (Jay) says in a press release "The Strati was designed by our community, made in our Microfactory and will be driven by you,  This brand-new process disrupts the manufacturing status quo, changes the consumer experience and proves that a car can be born in an entirely different way."

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Thermwood's own Brent East checking out the finished 3D Printed Car before its maiden voyage

Maiden Voyage

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The project team presents the finished Strati to the world right before its first drive!

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World's first 3D printed car drives around downtown Chicago


NBC Chicago Story on the Process - Featuring the Thermwood Model 70 - click to view

NBC Chicago Story on 3D Printed Car 


About the Model 70

The Multi-Purpose 70 is designed for aerospace and composite applications utilizing large/heavy fixtures (various sizes available).

Thermwood Model 70 10x20 CNC Router

Model 70 10x20 Fixed Table

Thermwood Model 70 10x10 CNC Router

Model 70 10x10 Fixed Table


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