Thermwood 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, May 22, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Scholarship, 2019

Thermwood is proud to announce Audrey Jones and Mackenzie Tullis as our scholarship recipients for the Class of 2019.  Each will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship.  Since the introduction of these renewable scholarships, Thermwood has awarded over $200,000 to students wishing to further their education. 

Audrey Jones

Audrey Jones is the daughter of Amie and Carl Jones of Ferdinand, IN.  She is a graduate of Forest Park High School. She has been involved in Community Impact, Student Council 9th and 10th grade, Key Club, 4H, and Golf. 

While at Forest Park she has received most improved Sophomore in Band, State Runner Up in Band, and MVP in Golf for 2 years. 

This fall Audrey will be attending IUPUI to study Clinical Lab Science.

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Mackenzie TullisMackenzie Tullis is the daughter of Mark and Melanie Tullis of Lincoln City, IN. She is a graduate of Heritage Hills High School.  She has been a member of Patriot Vibe. 

Mackenzie will be studying Dental Hygiene at the University of Southern Indiana.

 

 
 

 

 

Thermwood would like to congratulate all seniors of the Class of 2019 and wish them the very best in their future studies and endeavors! 

Dimensional Innovations now has Kansas City’s biggest 3-D printer

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, May 13, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, 3D printing, LSAM, Thermwood LSAM, Additive Manufacturing, Dimensional Innovations, Kansas City


Dimensional Innovations now has Kansas City’s biggest 3-D printer

Overland Park-based Dimensional Innovations unveiled its newest piece of equipment, a $2.2 million 3-D printer and five-axis router that can make items 10 feet wide, 20 feet long and 5 feet high.

Dimensional Innovations now owns the largest 3-D printer in the Kansas City area.

Dimensional Innovations now owns the largest 3-D printer in the Kansas City area.


©2019 Kansas City Buiness Journal.  All rights reserved.  Reprinted with permission

(Note this article was originally published on May 2nd, 2019, here)


Produced by Thermwood, the equipment is known as a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machine. It can produce huge components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials. It’s the only one of its kind in the Kansas City area and one of only a handful currently in use in the U.S.

“Within the design, architecture and construction space, we’re not aware of anyone else who has this capability,” Dimensional Innovations CEO Tucker Trotter said. “There is not really someone else we can look to for examples on how to use this equipment, so we’re going to have to define that. It puts pressure on our team because there aren’t answers yet, but it also opens up incredible opportunities.”

Trotter said the purchase of the LSAM was driven by a secret project DI isn't allowed to discuss at this time, for production of a large-scale, iconic element. It had limitations on weight, needed to be prefabricated so it could be assembled in the field, had to be strong enough to meet wind load and had fire-proofing requirements.

“I went into the discussion for this project thinking it was really not a good fit for us,” Trotter said. “I couldn’t see how we could do it. But the culture at DI is so cool that we had people here who didn’t take no for an answer and spoke up saying they thought we could do it and here’s how. It started as a crazy idea, but now that we’ve got this equipment, I think it’s really going to advance who we are and how we’re seen by a lot of people.”

The company's growth made the addition possible. DI's business had outgrown its headquarters at 3421 Merriam Drive in Overland Park, so it moved the sign fabrication business to a new shop at 15500 W. 108th St. in Lenexa. That created room at the headquarters, allowing the company to buy the LSAM. It also is allowing DI to start building out about 50 new offices inside the headquarters, creating room to hire more designers and sales people.

DI has also been expanding into other cities, opening offices in Atlanta, Minneapolis and, most recently, Los Angeles.

“The smaller satellite offices have been low risk, and they’ve been very successful,” Trotter said. “We like that and will continue to do that. It puts our people and brainpower closer to projects.”

It also helps the company attract more talent, which in turn leads to more work.


About Dimensional Innovations

Dimensional Innovations - Dimensional Innovations is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary firm that creates dynamic, engaging and interactive solutions that bring brands to life.  DI helps businesses develop exceptional brand experiences to captivate and engage their target market. Works with clients that include 50,000 seat stadiums and history museums to create experiences customers will love. Focuses on the sports, corporate, student life and entertainment industries.

More Information on LSAM

LSAM is based on exciting new technology developed from an entirely new direction.

LSAM is intended for industrial production. It is not a lab, evaluation or demonstration machine, but is instead a full-fledged industrial additive manufacturing system intended for the production of large scale components.

Much of the technology used in Thermwood’s LSAM machines and print process is completely new. Thermwood has already received numerous patents on these revolutionary developments and many more are in the works. In addition to the projects already announced, many other exciting results that LSAM has already achieved are covered by non-disclosure agreements and must be kept secret. LSAM is truly state-of-the-art in the exciting new world of large scale additive manufacturing.

The Secret to LSAM Print Quality...A Different Process

Examples of large parts easily printed on Thermwood's LSAM

Click for More Info on the Thermwood LSAM

2019 Thermwood Dealer Conference and Awards Dinner

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Apr 15, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Dealer Conference, Tech Con, AAI, 2019, Rind Routing, Process & Production Equipment

Thermwood Dealers participate in the 2019 Dealer Conference at our headquarters in Dale, IN

We recently held our 2019 Dealer Conference at our headquarters in Dale, IN. The purpose of this annual event is to get all of our domestic and international dealers together in informative sessions to discuss sales strategies and also to present the exciting changes and new products we plan to release in the next year.

Awards Dinner and Fun

Of course, the conference isn't all work and no play!  It also gives everyone a chance to socialize and catch up on news, as well as the opportunity to award our top sellers special prizes at the awards dinner.  We also had a birthday celebration this year!

Thermwood dealer Dave White with his Birthday cake!Thermwood Dealer Dave White with his "30th" Birthday cake

Huge Pork Chop during Thermwood 2019 Dealer Awards Dinner
Yum!  Huge pork chop at the Thermwood Dealer Awards Dinner


Some of our employees and dealers also entertained with music and singing. 

South African Dealer Rayno Von Schlicht playing guitar at the 2019 Thermwood Dealer Conference Awards Dinner
South African Dealer Rayno Von Schlicht

Thermwood Dealer Dave White playing guitar at the 2019 Thermwood Dealer Conference Awards Dinner
Thermwood Dealer Dave White

Turkish Dealer Mengu Arslanoglu and Thermwood's Duane Marrett playing guitar at the 2019 Thermwood Dealer Conference Awards Dinner
Turkish Dealer Mengu Arslanoglu and Thermwood's Duane Marrett


Top Sales Awards for 2018 

This year, our top dealership was Automation Associates, Inc.  Second and third places went to Tech Conn and Process & Production Equipment.  The award for top International Sales went to Rind Routing out of South Africa.  Congratulations, guys!

First Place - 2018 Sales

1st Place AAI

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Mark Drone (Automation Associates, Inc) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


 Second Place - 2018 Sales

2nd Place Tech Conn

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Glenn Suss (Tech Conn) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


 Third Place - 2018 Sales

3rd Place Process and Production Equipment

Pictured above (l-r) are: Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Bob Varwig and Kevin Varwig (Process & Production Equipment) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


 Top International Dealer - 2018 Sales

Top International Sales - Rind Routing

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Rayno Von Schlicht (Rind Routing Services - South Africa) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


LSAM Demonstration

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers attend an LSAM demonstration on our trainer machine during the 2019 Dealer Conference.

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers attend an LSAM demonstration on our trainer machine during the 2019 Dealer Conference.

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers attend an LSAM demonstration on our trainer machine during the 2019 Dealer Conference.


 Cut Center Demonstration

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers also attended a Cut Center demonstration during the 2019 Dealer Conference.

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers also attended a Cut Center demonstration during the 2019 Dealer Conference.

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers also attended a Cut Center demonstration during the 2019 Dealer Conference.

 

Thermwood APM Adding Inserts to Nomex Core Video

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, APM, Aerospace Panel Machine, Nomex, Inserts

Thermwood APM - Aerospace Panel Insertion

Designed for quick panel insertion for the aerospace and satellite industries. The Thermwood Three-Axis APM 6'x10' is a high-performance machine that greatly speeds up the insertion process.


Main Features

  • 18 HP HSD Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM)
  • 6 Position Bar Style Automatic Tool Changer.
  • 1/2" Thick Gridded Aluminum Vacuum Table with Moving Gantry
  • At the Head Automatic Tool Changer
  • (1) One Vibratory Feeding Systems
  • Glue Station
  • Robotic Transfer Arm
  • Pop Up Pins
  • Absolute Linear Encoder
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Automatic Lubrication

Video

The video below shows the APM in action quickly adding inserts to Nomex Core.

More Information

Request More Information from Thermwood 

 

Latest Cut Ready Update Adds Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions and Much More

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Feb 20, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, cabinets, Cut Center Updates

Latest Cut Ready Update Summary

Included in this update is the addition of Artie, a new Outdoor Cabinets Library, Publisher improvements and the addition of Lock Dowels.  We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center

With this latest update, we've added over 1,200 additional cabinet definitions, updated many cabinet images and expanded the information presented with the cabinet, added an informational Update section to Cut Ready, added varying depths to Shaker Doors and incorporated the ability for users to share left over off-fall between Cut Ready and CNC Mode. 

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added

Thermwood has added over 1,200 new cabinet definitions to Cut Ready, giving Artie (Cut Ready's A.I.) the ability to make a wider range of cabinet styles!  This batch of definitions focus on kitchen base cabinets for both frameless & face frame choices. Below are a few examples: 

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Over 1,200 Cabinet Definitions Added to Cut Ready

Updated Images and Descriptions

We’ve also replaced lots of cabinet images to make choosing a cabinet easier, while also including valuable information:

Updated images and descriptions in Cut Ready

Updated images and descriptions in Cut Ready

Updated images and descriptions in Cut Ready

Updated images and descriptions in Cut Ready

Updated images and descriptions in Cut Ready

Expanded Update Information

Finding out what is in each update just got easier, too.  Simply select the information button to learn what is in each update.

Expanded update information in Cut Ready

Varying Depths for Shaker Doors

Shaker Doors now have varying depths to choose from:

Shaker doors now have varying depths to choose from in Cut Ready

Shaker doors now have varying depths to choose from in Cut Ready

Shaker doors now have varying depths to choose from in Cut Ready

Shaker doors now have varying depths to choose from in Cut Ready

Shaker doors now have varying depths to choose from in Cut Ready

Easily Share Off-Fall Between Cut Ready and CNC Mode

Advanced users who currently switch between Cut Ready and CNC Mode can now easily share your left-over off-fall between the two modes.

Easily share off-fall between Cut Ready and CNC Mode

 

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood 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. 

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

 

Thermwood and Bell 3D Print Helicopter Blade Mold

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM, Additive Manufacturing, Bell, Bell Helicopter, Bell Flight, Helicopter

A joint venture program between Thermwood and Bell has pushed the limits of 3D printing, resulting in what Thermwood believes is the largest 3D printed autoclave capable tool ever made. 

The first half of an 18 foot helicopter blade mold that was 3D Printed on a Thermwood LSAM in just over 3 hours.

The first half of an 18 foot helicopter blade mold that was 3D Printed in just over 3 hours


A common limiting factor within aerospace development programs is expensive, long-lead time tooling.  Bell, not being satisfied abiding by the industry norms, decided to reach out to Thermwood to help solve this challenge.

Glenn Isbell quote regarding Thermwood's LSAM

Video

The Challenge

Shortly after initial conversations with Bell, the Thermwood team offered an opportunity of a partnership centering around the capabilities of their new 60mm melt core technology.  The original challenge for quickly and affordably manufacturing large bond tooling seemed closer to reality than ever before. 

Bell responded to this opportunity in kind by providing Thermwood a model of a closed cavity blade mold measuring approximately 20 feet long, 14 inches wide and 17 inches high. 

The basic tooling requirements were as follows:

  • Must to be printed in one continuous run for vacuum integrity
  • Surface finish must be 32 RMS or better
  • Tooling must be able to withstand 90 psi at 360°F. 
  • Tight tolerances and features were also required to ensure proper mating of the two blade mold halves.

The Process

Upon receiving the model and requirements, the Thermwood team sprang into action. Utilizing their new 60mm melt core technology, they began to print the tool using TechmerPM’s 25% Carbon Fiber reinforced PESU (Polyethersulfone) in one continuous run. Working closely with Thermwood, Techmer has formulated this material specifically for LSAM additive printing.

The printable material has a Glass Transition Temperature of over 400°F and can easily survive common aerospace component cure cycles of up to 360°F, at 90psi. The combination of Techmer's new materials and Thermwood's printing technology, resulted in a print time of one tool half in just 3 hours 8 minutes and an “as printed” weight of 542 pounds.

Thermwood technicians claim the Techmer PESU material prints as easily as ABS, although at a much higher temperature, allowing quality autoclave-capable molds to be made from the high temperature polymer.

Thermwood LSAM 3D Printing an 18 ft helicopter blade mold

This extraordinary achievement was made possible by a new, larger melt core recently installed on Thermwood’s LSAM system at its Development/Demonstration Lab in Southern Indiana. The standard LSAM machine print head housing can be equipped with different capacity melt cores, each offering different minimum and maximum throughputs.

Continuous Cooling Print Process

With Thermwood’s room temperature “Continuous Cooling” print process, the cycle time for each layer is determined solely by how long it takes a particular printed polymer to cool to the proper temperature to accept the next layer.

Only by printing at the proper temperature can you achieve a totally fused, void-free printed structure that will maintain vacuum in an autoclave without a coating. The print head output determines how much material can be printed during the time it takes for the layer to cool. Bigger print heads mean larger parts, not necessarily faster layer to layer print time.

LSAM Print 3D software infared camera view.

Thermographic view of the part being printed

The new 60mm melt core has a measured maximum output of 480 to 570 pounds per hour depending on the polymer being printed and can print over 100 feet of typical print bead (.830” x .200”) per minute. This high print rate, even when processing high temperature material, allows the print bead to be oriented along the length of the tool. This is desirable for Bell, who manufactures large composite parts, because thermal expansion is significantly lower in that direction, minimizing expansion and contraction of the tool with temperature changes.

Internal Printed Support Structure

Another interesting feature of this tool is that the internal printed structure supports the mold without actually contacting or touching the back side of the mold cavity. This means air can flow freely under the entire formed part in the autoclave, making the part curing process easier and more consistent. The ability to incorporate a complex internal design, such as this, is another major advantage of using additive manufacturing for this type of tooling.

Internal 3D Printed support structure in a 18 foot hellicopter blade mold on a Thermwood LSAM

3D printed internal support structures

Thermwood’s LSAM Print 3D slicing software specifically supports programming of involved internal structures such as these.

Internal support structure shown on LSAM Print 3D software.

Internal support structure shown on LSAM Print 3D software.

Internal support structure shown on LSAM Print 3D software.

Internal support structures in  LSAM Print 3D slicing software


Bell Investigates Multiple Manufacturing Processes

Bell is continuing to investigate integrated technologies that support multiple manufacturing processes and tools.  The LSAM is capable of supporting printing processes as well as trim and drill processes to meet aerospace specifications.  Once printed, the team began to machine the bond tool half by utilizing the other aspect of the LSAM system.  The total machining time of the lower blade mold half was 40 hours.  

James Cordell quote regarding Thermwood's LSAM

The completed bond tool was able to maintain Bell’s vacuum standards required for autoclave processing right from the machine, without the need for a seal coating

Part maintaining vacuum during extended testing

Part maintaining vacuum during extended testing

The part steadily holding vacuum during testing

The part steadily holding vacuum during testing


Next Steps

The Thermwood team will print the second half of the blade mold, with the intention of having Bell cure a full molded blade within the final additively-manufactured bond tool, another first.  Further testing will be completed by both Thermwood and Bell teams on PESU printed molds, to continue innovating in this space. 

Final Thoughts

Ken Susnjara Quote on Bell

Thermwood believes recent LSAM technology advances such as Vertical Layer Printing and Changeable Melt Cores (coupled with polymers specially tailored for LSAM processing), are opening exciting new possibilities for additive production of even larger and more technically complex components.

More Information on LSAM

LSAM is based on exciting new technology developed from an entirely new direction.

LSAM is intended for industrial production. It is not a lab, evaluation or demonstration machine, but is instead a full-fledged industrial additive manufacturing system intended for the production of large scale components.

Much of the technology used in Thermwood's LSAM machines and print process is completely new. Thermwood has already received numerous patents on these revolutionary developments and many more are in the works.

LSAM is the Leader in Large Scale Additive Sales

In the last year, Thermwood's LSAM additive manufacturing systems were the clear market leaders in the sale of large scale 3D printing systems for thermoplastic composite materials, selling virtually all systems in the US during the year.

LSAM is truly state-of-the-art in the exciting new world of large scale additive manufacturing.

The Secret to LSAM Print Quality...A Different Process

Examples of large parts easily printed on Thermwood's LSAM

Click for More Info on the Thermwood LSAM

Latest Cut Ready Update Adds More Flexibility to Face Frame Bath Cabinets

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Jan 28, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Cut Center Updates, Bath Cabinets, Face Frame

Latest Cut Ready Update Summary

Included in this update is the addition of Artie, a new Outdoor Cabinets Library, Publisher improvements and the addition of Lock Dowels.  We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center

With this latest update, we've added greater flexibility to Face Frame Bath Cabinets.  You now have more control when resizing these cabinets.  In addition, we've added several more, unique Bathroom cabinets as well.

New Bathroom Cabinet Additions Examples:

 

 

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood 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. 

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

 

TAHOE Boats Newest Design Uses 3D LSAM Printed Tooling

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jan 10, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM, Additive Manufacturing, T16, White River, Bass Pro, TAHOE Boats

TAHOE Boats, Springfield, MO. formally announced the all-new, revolutionary T16 boat design, engineered with families in mind. Using innovative technology, the T16 delivers an unprecedented lightweight design and affordability with an uncompromising commitment to quality and performance.

One factor that made this boat possible is that the T16 was designed and built in the U.S. leveraging innovative Thermwood LSAM techniques never before used in the marine industry.

White River Marine Group, the marine manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, worked with Thermwood, utilizing Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system and the latest in LSAM technology to custom-print the tool used to manufacture the boat’s hull – the first time 3D printing has been used on actual boat production at this scale.

This boat-building advancement led to greater efficiency in the planning, design and construction of the T16.

Tahoe Boats T16, which was designed and built in the US.

The Process

Thermwood printed the master pattern for the boat hull at its Development/Demonstration Labs is Dale, Indiana. The pattern was printed in six sections from 20% carbon fiber filled ABS supplied by Techmer PM, who was an active partner in the program. The joints between the pieces were machined, pinned and bonded together and the assembled hull machined to final size and shape. The entire process required only ten days to complete.

T16 Master Pattern being machined on Thermwood LSAM

After printing and machining, the tool was sent to White River, where they applied, sanded and polished a proprietary coating, which they developed earlier, using previously printed parts supplied by Thermwood.

TAHOE Boats T16 Master Pattern 3D Printed on a Thermwood LSAM

Prior to this public introduction, Thermwood was able to use images and videos of the process, which have been on our web site for some time now, however, we respected a request not to disclose the participants or final use of the tool until the boat was publicly released by White River Marine Group.


Tahoe Boats T16, which was designed and built in the US.


Please Click to View Video of the Entire Process

Current Technology Speeds The Process Up Even More

An interesting note is that this type of tool can be produced in even less time with current technology. Using Thermwood’s Vertical Layer Printing (which wasn’t available at the time this tool was made), this type of pattern can now be printed as one piece in just over two days, eliminating the machining between sections and the bonding process. This should cut build time almost in half.

Ken Susnjara on additive manufacturing in the marine industry.

Master patterns, such as this, are used to make molds for high production rates where multiple molds are required. For larger boats or lower production rates, it may be possible to print the mold itself rather than a pattern from which multiple molds are made. Thermwood has also been working on this approach and has recently announced the successful production of a seven foot long, 1/7 scale model of a yacht hull mold using Vertical Layer Printing. Work continues in both these areas.

Even at this early stage of development it is apparent that large scale additive manufacturing could have a dramatic, perhaps even a transformational impact on production methods used in the marine industry, significantly reducing tooling cost and dramatically speeding up the tool building process.

About TAHOE Boats

TAHOE is part of the White River Marine Group family of brands, Bass Pro’s marine manufacturing arm and the largest builder of boats in the world by volume. In addition to TAHOE, White River Marine manufactures America’s favorite boat brands including MAKO, NITRO, RANGER, REGENCY SUN TRACKER, TRACKER, TRITON and others. All White River Marine boats are proudly manufactured in the U.S.

About Techmer PM

Techmer PM is a leading materials design company and works in deep partnership with plastics processors, OEMs, and designers to solve some of their most difficult business, manufacturing, and sustainability challenges. For more than 30 years, they have helped consumer and industrial product manufacturers achieve the finest color, texture, appearance, and functional enhancements for a variety of product applications. Techmer PM is a family-owned company that’s based in Clinton, Tennessee where they operate their largest production facility, as well as five others throughout the U.S. They have been a pioneer in developing polymers for large scale additive manufacturing applications.

More Information on LSAM

LSAM is based on exciting new technology developed from an entirely new direction.

LSAM is intended for industrial production. It is not a lab, evaluation or demonstration machine, but is instead a full-fledged industrial additive manufacturing system intended for the production of large scale components.

Much of the technology used in Thermwood’s LSAM machines and print process is completely new. Thermwood has already received numerous patents on these revolutionary developments and many more are in the works. In addition to the projects already announced, many other exciting results that LSAM has already achieved are covered by non-disclosure agreements and must be kept secret. LSAM is truly state-of-the-art in the exciting new world of large scale additive manufacturing.

The Secret to LSAM Print Quality...A Different Process

Examples of large parts easily printed on Thermwood's LSAM

Click for More Info on the Thermwood LSAM

Latest Cut Ready Update Adds Grain Matching For Your Cabinets

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 08, 2019

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Cut Center Updates, Grain Matching

Latest Cut Ready Update Summary

Included in this update is the addition of Artie, a new Outdoor Cabinets Library, Publisher improvements and the addition of Lock Dowels.  We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center

With this latest update, we've expanded the options when choosing a grain matching style for cabinets.  The interface has been simplified and expanded to allow you to pick multiple directions for the grain matching on your cabinets.

Expanded Grain Matching 

Expanded Grain Matching for Cabinets in the Latest CutReady Update

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood 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. 

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

 

Thermwood Announces New, Higher Capacity Melt Core for its LSAM Print Head

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM, Additive Manufacturing, Melt Core

Thermwood has completed initial testing of a larger melt core for its LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) systems and the results are stunning.

Ken Susnjara Quote - LSAM 60mm Melt Core

 

Print up to 570 pounds per hour

Thermwood’s additive print head housing can accommodate interchangeable melt cores.  A melt core consists of a feed housing, extruder and polymer melt pump and determines just how fast material can be printed.

The standard 40mm melt core has a maximum output of between 190 and 210 pounds per hour, depending on the polymer being printed, which translates to 40 - 50 feet of standard bead (0.83”x0.20”) per minute.

The new 60mm melt core has been tested with different polymers and has achieved print rates from 480 to 570 pounds per hour, which translates to well over 100 feet of bead per minute.

More Info

With Thermwood’s room temperature “Continuous Cooling” print process, the cycle time for each layer is determined solely by how long it takes a particular printed polymer to cool to the proper temperature to accept the next layer.

Only by printing when the previously printed layer is within the proper temperature range can you achieve a completely solid, void free printed structure that maintains vacuum in an autoclave without a secondary coating. This is as fast as you can print a layer.

The print head output then determines how much material can be printed during the time it takes for the layer to cool. Bigger print heads mean bigger parts not faster layer to layer print time.

“This new development opens a new world of additive manufacturing possibilities” says Thermwood’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, Ken Susnjara. “This is one of the most exciting advances we have achieved to date and now we can do things we couldn’t even consider before”.

New Possibilities

For example, Thermwood recently announced Vertical Layer Printing which allows parts to be printed that are as long as the machine table. In this process, however, the layer stack direction is along the length of the part. This works well for room temperature or low temperature patterns, fixtures and molds, however, for high temperature molds, for use in an autoclave for example, the thermal expansion (CTE) along the stack direction is as much as 20 times greater than along the bead direction. Therefore, it is desirable to print long tools with the bead oriented in the long direction, however, print heads, even Thermwood’s 200 pound per hour head, currently the largest in the industry, have been too slow for this…until now.

The high print rate of the new melt core, even when processing high temperature materials, allows the print bead to be oriented along the length of the tool, even for tools that are as long as the machine table itself.

Melt Core Changeover in One Shift

In addition to a maximum speed, each melt core has a minimum speed at which it can continuously print. Parts with bead lengths smaller than this minimum, require the print head to move to a “Hot Hold” area where it runs at a slow maintenance speed, spilling material at a slow rate until the required cooling time has been achieved. This wastes material and means the larger melt core may not be desirable for all applications. Many tools and molds are just too small for efficient printing with the larger core.

If a user needs both small and large parts on the same machine, the melt cores can be switched in less than a shift.

Thermwood LSAM 40mm Melt Core Changeover to 60mm Melt Core

Final Thoughts

Thermwood believes the next step in this development is to address the challenge of really long autoclave capable tooling. Be assured, work in this area has already begun.

More Information on LSAM

LSAM is based on exciting new technology developed from an entirely new direction.

LSAM is intended for industrial production. It is not a lab, evaluation or demonstration machine, but is instead a full-fledged industrial additive manufacturing system intended for the production of large scale components.

Much of the technology used in Thermwood’s LSAM machines and print process is completely new. Thermwood has already received numerous patents on these revolutionary developments and many more are in the works. In addition to the projects already announced, many other exciting results that LSAM has already achieved are covered by non-disclosure agreements and must be kept secret. LSAM is truly state-of-the-art in the exciting new world of large scale additive manufacturing.

The Secret to LSAM Print Quality...A Different Process

Examples of large parts easily printed on Thermwood's LSAM

Click for More Info on the Thermwood LSAM