Thermwood 5 Axis Multi-Purpose CNC Routers

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, May 16, 2014

Tags: CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Technology, CNC Router, Model 90, Model 67, aerospace, Model 70, Model 77

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

Whether you are interested in a moving table machine for high-speed trimming, a fixed table for large aerospace and composite fixtures or a high-wall machine, we have a solution for you:


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.

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.

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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Multi-Purpose 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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Multi-Purpose 77

The Multi-Purpose 77 is a heavy-duty, high-speed contained system for the machining of large aerospace and composite materials (various sizes available). 

Thermwood Model 77 5x10 CNC Router

Model 77 10x20 Fixed Table


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New Option for Model 70 - 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Apr 29, 2014

Tags: Thermwood, New, 5 Axis, Announcements, Model 70, 2014, Option, Retrofit

10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer

A new option is now available for the Thermwood Model 70 CNC Router - A 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer.  

This new tool changer is contained in a protective housing that moves forward when tool changes are needed, and then back out of the working area to continue machining.  It expands the Model 70's capabilities with an additional 10 tooling positions.


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Model 70 10 Position Rotary Tool Changer

 

Model 70 10 Position Rotary Tool Changer - Open


More Info

The 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer can be added to a new Model 70 as an option, or retrofitted to an existing machine.  Please Contact Thermwood Retrofits for more information on adding this option to your existing Model 70.

About the Model 70

 

Thermwood Model 70 10x20 CNC Router

The Thermwood Model 70 is designed for aerospace and composite applications utilizing large/heavy fixtures (various table sizes are available).


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Which Type of CNC Router Training is Right For You?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, CNC Router, Training, Support, education

CNC Router Training Options
After weeks, months and sometimes years of deliberation, you've finally decided that a CNC Router is right for your business!  One of the most important (but often forgotten) aspects of a CNC Router purchase that businesses don’t think about is training.  If this is your first CNC Router purchase, then training is key.  Choosing a router that offers a comprehensive training schedule is important so you can be prepared when the router arrives at your facility.     

Almost every CNC Router manufacturer offers some form of training, and each has its positives and negatives.  Some allow five full days of dedicated in-house training at their facility, while others offer two days of training at your facility in combination with your machine install/setup. 

What is Onsite Training?

Onsite CNC TrainingOnsite training is generally one to two days at your facility performed by a technician who not only will train you but will also run power to the machine and set it up.  Some of the training should include maintenance routines.  Onsite training is nice for those businesses that find it hard to get away from the office for a short period of time or having to spend extra on travel expenses (but this scenario also gives you less training time).  During this training period, distractions and interruptions can and will occur due to daily business routines. 

If you’re looking at a CNC Router that offers onsite training, ask the company for a training itinerary so you can get a better idea as to what they will be teaching you during this one to two days.

What is In-house Training?

Thermwood Training FacilitiesIn-house training is generally a longer period of time, usually no more than five days at the manufacturer's facility.  Added travel expense and time away from the shop for one or two of your employees could be hard for some of you, but you will receive more in depth training as well as no interruptions or distractions.  Some view the travel as a way to take a “vacation” or time away from the shop. 

In-house training is performed by a dedicated instructor who teaches this information week in and week out.  Also, you would most likely be in a training class along with other businesses just like yours.  This method gives you and the other students a chance to take a tour of the manufacturers’ facility and possibly see your machine being assembled if it hasn’t been shipped yet.  Depending on the manufacturer, lunches are provided during the week, so students aren’t left wandering around looking for places to eat. 

How about Software Training?

eCabinet Systems Online TrainingSoftware training is going to depend on who you purchase the software from.  Some offer onsite training, some in-house training and now (because of the popularity of the internet), online training is also available.  The pluses and negatives above will also apply to software training.  Hopefully you will have decided which software will work for your business before your new machine arrives, as this will give you an advantage of putting that CNC Router right to work once it is in place.  Online training allows you to go through the training courses anywhere/anytime and at your own pace as long as you have an internet connection.

Don't forget Training Support

Thermwood technician uses Virtual Service to help a customerAnother aspect to consider is training support.  If you have questions or concerns about your machine or its operation/programming, you want to go with a vendor who offers the easiest access to answers.  Some manufacturers have pay-for-answer support which charges by the answer or by a time period, while others have free forums, email and/or phone support. 

The decision is yours!

You should spend time investigating all aspects of your purchase before you make a decision.  Ultimately, how well you understand your CNC Router and its operation (as well as the level of support you can expect) will help determine your future success.


 

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Large Sculptures on a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 67 CNC Router

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Nov 07, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Model 67, Video, john cox, sculptures

This video shows a variety of large sculptures created on a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 67 CNC Router.  These were all done at John Cox's Creature Workshop in Queensland Australia. 

The Model 67 is a fixed-gantry, moving table 5 Axis CNC Router that features single table sizes from 5'x5' to 10'x5' or dual table sizes from 5'x5' to 5'x12'.  It has a 7.5HP HSD Dual End Spindle (3,000-18,000RPM) and Z axis height up to 60".

 

Thermwood Model 67 5x12 Dual Table CNC Router

Thermwood Model 67 5'x12' Dual Table CNC Router shown


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Thermwood Five Axis Alignment Verification Routine

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, software, software update, Composites, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Announcements, CNC Router, Model 90, aerospace, Model 70, Model 77, Video, QCore, SuperControl, introduction

Thermwood Five Axis Alignment Verification Routine

Thermwood has developed our new Five Axis Alignment Verification Routine which is used to record and populate the alignment measurement values into the Thermwood QCore control system (after machine alignments are manually performed).  

This routine automatically checks alignment in multiple axes and allows alignment to be quickly verified between jobs.  The routine compares the measured values to the default values.

The Thermwood 5 Axis Alignment Verification Routine includes:

  • Renishaw high-tolerance tooling sensor
  • Precision ground pin
  • Dedicated tool holder
  • Collet and all mounting hardware.


For more information on the Five Axis Alignment Verification Routine, please contact us at 1-800-533-6901.

 

 

Before Purchasing Used, Consider a Thermwood Refurbished CNC Router

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Dec 07, 2012

Tags: 3 Axis, 5 Axis, CNC Router, Refurbished, Used, Pre-Owned

Thermwood's CNC Router Refurbishment Program:
Thermwood Corporation’s Technical Service division has an ongoing machine refurbishment program that offers high-quality refurbished Thermwood CNC Routers at affordable prices. These machines are purchased by Thermwood and brought back to our facility for a complete refurbishment process.


3 Axis CNC Router before Thermwood Refurbishment

3 Axis CNC Router BEFORE Thermwood Refurbishment


3 Axis CNC Router after Thermwood Refurbishment

3 Axis CNC Router AFTER Thermwood Refurbishment


5 Axis CNC Router before Thermwood Refurbishment

5 Axis CNC Router BEFORE Thermwood Refurbishment


5 Axis CNC Router after Thermwood Refurbishment

5 Axis CNC Router AFTER Thermwood Refurbishment


Bring Your Used Machine up to Modern Standards:
This procedure not only applies to Thermwood owned machines, but also to customer-owned machines to bring them up to today’s standards.

Thermwood Refurbished Machine - What Do You Get?
Every one of these machines has been completely refurbished by Thermwood Corporation. They have been completely disassembled, sand blasted, painted and re-assembled back to new machine specifications. All components have been inspected and either refurbished or replaced with new components. Once the machine refurbishment process was completed, the machines went through the same quality control testing as a new machine. The machine has a 1-year parts and labor warranty.

Here are just a few of things that are typically replaced during the refurbishment process (these are valuable upgrades that you will not receive when purchasing a used machine from an after-market dealer):

  • Machine Worktable

  • Spindle

  • Wiring

  • Power Track

  • Servo Drives

  • Control System.


All Refurbished Thermwood CNC Routers undergo an extensive process:

Stripped down CNC Router before Thermwood Refurbishment

Step 1:  Machine stripped down to base metal


 Gantry primered for paint

 Step 2:  Machine gantry primed for paint


 Based primed for paint

 Step 3:  Machine base primed for paint


Gantry painted

 Step 4:  Machine gantry painted


Base painted

 Step 5:  Machine base painted


Machine re-assembled

 Step 6:  Repainted machine re-assembled and wired


 SuperControl Added

  Step 7:  New QCore SuperControl added


 New Spindle Added

 Step 8:  New spindle installed


 Options Added

  Step 9:  Optional equipment installed


 Vacuum plumbing added

  Step 9:  Vacuum plumbing added


 New table tops added

  Step 10:  New table tops added


 Adding the finishing touches

 Step 11:  Finishing touches added


 Completed Machine

  Step 12:  Completed machine!


Why buy a Thermwood Factory Refurbished Machine instead of a used CNC Router:

  • You’re buying a machine that has been factory-disasembled, re-assembled and inspected.

  • Any components that do not meet factory specifications are replaced, if there is any question of a component’s integrity, it is replaced.

  • All Refurbished machines come with a full factory warranty - This warranty is one-year parts and labor.

  • You are getting a machine that has been enhanced with the new QCore SuperControl with the latest version of Windows technology. This is the same control that ships with new machines, and is designed from its very core to operate a CNC Router with efficiency and higher productivity. It is a Quad Core processor 3.0 Ghz processor, full multitasking control.

  • You are buying a machine that includes a full 5-day operators training course located at Thermwood Corporation in Dale, Indiana.

  • You are not buying someone else’s problems caused by neglect, as can be the case with buying a used machine from another source.  These machines are fully disassembled, painted and reassembled back to new machine factory standards.

  • These machines go through a complete quality control inspection to insure each machine meets factory specifications before they leave the factory.

  • A full technical service division for service and parts supports all Thermwood Refurbished machines. This includes Free Lifetime Phone and Forum Support, Virtual Service, the ability to upgrade in the future, and support with program questions for your specific machine. One year Advanced Support is standard with all refurbished machines. 

  • You may also choose to list your company with our Free Production Sharing Service. 

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Thermwood to show Model 77 at JEC Americas Trade Show

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Tags: Thermwood, Composites, 5 Axis, Announcements, Trade Shows, CNC Router, aerospace, Model 77, JEC Americas

Thermwood at 2012 JEC Americas Trade Show

Thermwood would like to invite you to visit us at the JEC Americas Trade Show in Boston, MA.

When:   Wednesday November 7th to Friday November 9th
Where:  Boston Convention and Exhibition Center -Booth #E14

Thermwood Model 77 CNC Machining CenterWe are exhibiting the latest Thermwood equipment:- Featuring our newest 5 Axis CNC Router - the Thermwood Model 77.

For a limited time, you can receive a FREE Visitor's Badge to attend the show free of charge - act now to take advantage of this offer!

 

 

 


Model 77 Standard OptionsAbout the Model 77 CNC Machining Center:

 

The Thermwood Model 77 5x10 (larger sizes are available) is a heavy duty five-axis CNC router specifically developed for three dimensional machining. This stationary table high wall machine was designed using advanced 3D software utilizing Finite Element Analysis. All major welds including the base and gantry are stress relieved to provide long term stability. This machine is inspected and calibrated utilizing a precision volumetric laser system.   

Features:
• 12 HP (3,000-24,000 RPM) Spindle
• Impact Resistant 5 Axis Head
• 10 Position Rotary Tool Change System
• Rapid Speed: 3500 inches per minute
• Moving Gantry
QCore SuperControl
• Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
• Volumetric 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
• Automatic Tool Length Sensor
• Machine Training and Installation
• Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support

More information can be found here

 

 

 

Thermwood Model 77 5 Axis CNC Machining Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Tags: Thermwood, Composites, 5 Axis, Announcements, CNC Router, aerospace, Model 77, Product Information, 3-D volumetric compensation, Continuous C-Axis Rotation

The Thermwood Model 77 5x10 (larger sizes are available) is a heavy duty five-axis CNC router specifically developed for three dimensional machining. This stationary table high wall machine was designed using advanced 3D software utilizing Finite Element Analysis. All major welds including the base and gantry are stress relieved to provide long term stability. This machine is inspected and calibrated utilizing a precision volumetric laser system.   

 

Features:
• 12 HP (3,000-24,000 RPM) Spindle
• Impact Resistant 5 Axis Head
• 10 Position Rotary Tool Change System
• Rapid Speed: 3500 inches per minute
• Moving Gantry
QCore SuperControl
• Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
• Volumetric 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
• Automatic Tool Length Sensor
• Machine Training and Installation
• Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support

More information can be found here

 

 

Thermwood Model 77 5 Axis CNC Machining Center

 

 

CNC Router Training at Thermwood

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Jun 08, 2012

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, CNC Router, Training, education, Customer Lounge

When you purchase a CNC Router from Thermwood, a five-day comprehensive programming/operation training course for two students is included.  This course is conducted at Thermwood's state of the art Dale, IN facility. 

Superior Factory Training:

Thermwood Training FacilitiesTraining at Thermwood is conducted in a modern, comfortable and well equipped center devoted specifically to educating our customers. This is, by far, the fastest and most efficient way to learn. Over the years, Thermwood has experienced the ups and downs of training at the customer's facility, the interruptions and distractions, not to mention the lack of classroom facilities and equipment. It just doesn’t work very well. At Thermwood, the atmosphere contributes to the learning experience. Each classroom is setup specifically for the course being taught.

 

 

Training Facilities:

Thermwood Machine TrainingOur machine operator/programmer courses are located adjacent to the machine training lab, where students complete the prescribed projects on a specific training machine utilized only for training purposes. Our application software classes are conducted in a classroom with state-of-art computer equipment. Then when it comes time for practical applications on a full sized machine, Thermwood's training lab is equipped with a CabinetShop 45 outfitted with all major options and features. Real production type parts are cut. What a confidence builder!

Customer Training Lounge:

Thermwood Customer LoungeThermwood also has a customer lounge and workstation available for use during your training at our facility. This comfortable area features free:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Phones
  • Daily Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lounge area with plenty of seating and satellite-equipped large flat-screen tv for your use.

 

Continuing Help and Support

Thermwood Customer Lounge - View #2Our five-day machine programming/operations training here at Thermwood is the first step to helping you hit the ground running.  The goal is to help you understand how to utilize the power of your Thermwood CNC Router and QCore SuperControl to make your operation as efficient and productive as possible.  Our commitment to this doesn't end when you complete the training course.  We also offer:

 For more information on our machine training or about any of our products, please email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 1-800-533-6901.          

Download the Free eBook - "Understanding the Basics of CNC Routers"

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Tags: Thermwood, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, Free, Understanding CNC Routers eBook, Download

Understanding CNC RoutersA CNC Router is designed to greatly improve cut quality, cycle times and accuracy by automating your process and creating a safer environment. Determining if a CNC Router will fit your needs should be an easy decision.

What can you expect from Understanding the Basics of CNC Routers?

  • What is a CNC Router and how do they work
  • Acheive faster cycle times and faster throughput than by hand
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  • Maintenance on a CNC router is Less than maintenance on a vehicle
  • A CNC router is the Safe choice

A CNC router is a valuable tool that has many benefits such as improving cut quality, better accuracy, faster cycle times and a safer environment.  

This book was written by Alain Albert - FPInnovations - Forintek Division

Please Click Here to receive a FREE PDF of "Understanding the Basics of CNC Routers", to help determine if a Thermwood CNC Router is right for you.