Thermwood incorporates smart-router technology into its nested based systems

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, control nesting, CNC Routers, Nested Base, 3 Axis, Announcements, Model 43, CNC Router, smart-router, Cabinet, Model 45, cabinets, nested based, MTR, Easy, SuperControl, Profile Modeler

Smart-routers may very well be the next wave in CNC routers. Just like smart phones have replaced regular phones, smart-routers may replace regular routers. Why? Because they are a lot easier to use and they make a lot more money from nested based jobs.

The big difference with smart-routers is not only do they know how to move, they also know the job they are doing. They can help in ways no simple machine can.

Smart routers easily use scrap materialFor example, when a smart-router finishes a job, it already knows how to make every part in that job, so if you need to cut a replacement part, the smart-router can do it without creating a new CNC program. In fact, they remember parts from all previous jobs. Just scan the label and it will cut it from the material left on the table. And, mentioning material left from a job, smart-routers use that material first when cutting a new job. You no longer have to throw it away or create specialized CNC programs to deal with it. It’s quick, easy and virtually automatic. It’s simple and saves the average shop thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in material each year that would otherwise be scrapped, and we’ve just scratched the surface.

Just like a smart phone handles dozens of daily tasks through special apps, smart-routers handle dozens of aspects of running nested based products. The list is impressive and each feature saves labor, saves material, avoids scrap and makes the whole thing so much easier.

Please click here for a detailed list of some of these smart-router features.


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If you would like to see just how much a smart-router can save you compared to an ordinary router, please give us a call at 1-800-533-6901 and we will sit down and go over it in detail.

Thermwood at the 2013 AWFS Show in Las Vegas!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, CNC Routers, Nested Base, 3 Axis, Announcements, Trade Shows, edgebanding, Model 43, AWFS, CNC Router, Cabinet, Model 45, Las Vegas, cabinets, nested based, 43, Low Cost, edgebander, Auto Unload, Continuous C-Axis Rotation, solid wood processing, Demonstrations, Auto Load

Thermwood to Demonstrate New Auto-Labeling and Unload System on Model 43 and Solid Wood Machining on Model 45

Thermwood CabinetShop 43 with Auto Label and Unload Options

The 2013 AWFS Show (July 24th-27th) promises to be an exciting opportunity to visit Las Vegas and see the very latest in CNC Router technology from Thermwood! 

For AWFS 2013, Thermwood is proud to demonstrate our affordable CabinetShop 43 CNC Router equipped with the new optional Auto Labeling and Unload Rake System for nested based production.  This new system will be in action at AWFS 2013 in Booth #8400.

 

Featuring the CabinetShop 43 with New Automatic Labeling and Unload System:

 

Speed up Production Time

This new option helps save time by automating the process of placing labels and off-loading finished material.  The automated system quickly places the labels and then machines the parts.  It next unloads the finished material to a sorting table.  This automatic and economical addition can greatly speed up production time, and is available both on new machines and as a retrofit.

Also at AWFS we will be demonstrating a Fravol edgebander.  Fravol, known for high quality edgebanders, is exclusively represented and serviced in the US by Thermwood.

 

Also Demonstrating Solid Wood Machining on the Thermwood Model 45

CabinetShop 45

 

We will also be demonstrating solid wood machining utilizing the Nemi Pod Hi-Flow System on our Thermwood Model 45

The heavy-duty Model 45 is designed for a variety of functions including the machining of rotary operations when equipped with our optional C-Axis.  This expands the capability of this already useful machine to include volutes, carvings, chair parts, stair components and much more.


See at AWFS:

This new system will be in action at AWFS 2013 (July 24th-27th) in Booth #8400.

Thermwood Profile Modeler - from Sketch to Production

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Mar 13, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, software, control nesting, CNC Routers, wood, Woodworking, Nested Base, 3 Axis, Announcements, CabinetShop, Model 43, Technology, SR43, SignRouter 43, CNC Router, Model 45, smart, Free, save money on cnc router, cabinets, Video, QCore, nested based, Product Information, 43, US made, MTR, Easy, SuperControl, Profile Modeler, millwork, wood carving, introduction, carving, Demonstrations

Thermwood Profile ModelerThermwood's Profile Modeler allows you to quickly create a molding or custom shape from a sketch or drawing on a Thermwood CNC Router with no special shaped tooling required.  

This video demonstrates using Profile Modeler to create a custom curved cherry molding from Sketch - to Profile Modeler - to Machine - to Completed Shape.


Steps used in the video:

In eCabinet Systems:
  • Verify the measurements
  • Create the shape using Shape Manager in eCabinet Systems
  • Create Tool
  • Apply Tool to create Shape

On Thermwood QCore SuperControl:
  • File loaded into Profile Modeler on QCore SuperControl
  • Verify Tool Path
  • Run Program
  • Machining Part (Roughing/Finishing/Detail Passes)
  • No special shaped tooling required - Tools Used: 1/2 Straight, 1/2 Ballnose, 1/8 Ballnose, 1/8 Flat
  • Completed Shape

For more information on Profile Modeler or any of our other products, please click here or contact us at 1-800-533-6901.


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.

 

 

Thermwood Model 43 with Auto Labeling for Nested Based Production

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Labels, Nested Base, Model 43, CNC Router, nested based, Auto Labeling

Here is our latest video featuring the Thermwood Model 43 CNC Router with the new Auto Labeling option for nested based production (auto labeling option available on the Model 43 and the MTR 21): 

Model 43 features:

  • 12 HP (3,000-24,000 RMP) Spindle
  • Universal Vacuum 1 or 2 Zones
  • 11 Position Automatic Tool Changer
  • Rapid Speed:  3500 inches per minute
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives
  • Volumetric 3D Laser-Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support


Model 43 CNC Router

Thermwood Model 43 CNC Router

Happy Holidays from Thermwood

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Fri, Dec 21, 2012

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, CNC Router, Happy Holiday, Prosperous New Year

On behalf of the entire Thermwood family, we would like to extend our warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Have a safe and prosperous New Year!!

 

holiday wishes thm

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. 

More Info on Thermwood Refurbished CNC Routers

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

 

 

Thermwood adds “Personal Pause Button” to YouBuild

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 05, 2012

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, YouBuild, Personal Pause Button, Remote Control

YouBuild

Thermwood has added a “Personal Pause Button” to its CNC routers that process YouBuild programs, which dramatically improves productivity.

Even though modern CNC machines rarely encounter production problems, they do happen. This means the machine operator must remain near the control to stop the machine should something unexpected occur. This limits what he or she can do, other than watch the machine.

To address this, Thermwood has developed a remote wireless “Pause Button” which can be clipped to a belt or pocket. Pressing this button stops the machine, much like an emergency stop, but this is different. The Pause Button, which works at distances of 100 feet or more, not only stops the machine in place but also offers several options for recovery:

 Thermwood Personal Pause Button

  • Back at the control screen, the system wants to know what happened and offers several options. You can just resume cutting by pressing “Resume”. Press the “Replace Tool” button and the machine drops off the tool holder with the broken tool and moves out of the way. Change the bit and replace the tool holder and tell the system to resume. It picks up the new tool, measures it and begins re-cutting the path for the broken tool.

Thermwood Personal Pause Button Control Screen

  • Perhaps parts are moving because you didn’t fly cut the table soon enough. By selecting “Leave Skin”, you can continue machining this sheet while leaving a skin on all remaining parts so they won’t move. You do have to remove the skin from these parts later but that is a lot easier and less expensive than remaking parts. When the sheet is done you can fly cut the table right in the middle of the program and then continue with the next sheet.

  • Another possibility is that you encounter bad material or something else happened that makes this sheet unusable. Simply select “Start Sheet Over” and the system will return to Home and instruct you to replace the sheet. It will then re-cut that sheet and continue on. There is a process for pretty much anything that might happen and it all starts with the Pause Button.

Because the Pause button is remote, the operator can move away from the control to sort, label or edge band parts and still be able to stop the machine if something happens. The control even displays a large progress bar along the top of the screen which can be seen from some distance away. It is like the ones you see on your computer and tells you how much time is left before the operator needs to flip a sheet or remove finished parts. By the way, in YouBuild, all back side machining is done on the full sheet rather than one part at a time. It’s a lot faster.

 Thermwood Personal Pause Button Control Screen Sheet Flip Timer

If there is more than one person working in the cell, each can have their own Personal Pause Button.

Personal Pause Button, a simple elegant addition makes processing YouBuild jobs so much easier and more productive.


You can find more information in the YouBuild section of the eCabinet Systems web site and at youbuild.com.