Advanced CNC router and 3D laser technology for making prosthetics

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Fri, Jan 29, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, plastics, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Model 67, trimming, molds, Cad, 3D laser, polhemus, military, orthotics, prosthetics, medical

 

This is a news broadcast of medical technology making orthotics and prosthetics for military soldiers. A 3d laser is used to scan the soldier's foot or other parts of their body and is rendered in software. It is then taken to a Thermwood Model 67, five axis machine, and machined to the custom shape.

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Classic Dash Uses CNC Router for ABS Composite Dash Panels

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Jan 27, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, Composites, plastics, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Product Information, trimming, classic dash, dash panels, automotive

Carson City, NV: Classic Dash has announced a new molded ABS composite dash panel in three finishes for GM G-body cars, rear-wheel drive iterations that were produced from late '78 until early 1988. These cars include the Buick Regal/Grand National/GNX, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, El Camino, Malibu, GMC Caballero, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Gran Prix and Grand Le Mans and Bonneville.

 

In keeping with all the company's previous offerings, the G-Body panel is clean and stylish. Lightweight and exceedingly rigid ABS plastic sheets are vacuum-formed at 320 degrees Fahrenheit and the material is impregnated with a UV inhibiter that protects it from sun damage. Accuracy is the key. A Thermwood 5-axis CNC high-speed router consistently trims the dash panels to within 0.005-inch.

The Classic Dash panel is available in carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or black finishes. All panels are offered in two forms: with or without gauge openings, and with or without gauges. Gauge selection includes several variations from Auto Meter and Classic Instruments. Auto Meter kits include wiring harness from gauges to factory loom, LED turn signal indicators, and high-beam and emergency brake light indicators.

Classic Dash was formed in 2002 and was the first company to create replacement ABS composite dash panels for vehicles of the muscle car era. Their new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located in Carson City, Nevada. Its website has a new make-over with easy navigation and access to ordering. Staff members can easily answer any technical questions you may have and same-day shipping is available on orders received before 3PM, PST. Classic Dash instrument panels complete with gauges are priced from $849.95

For further information contact:

Classic Dash, 5225 Grumman Drive, Suite 100,

Carson City, NV 89706

Telephone (866) 882-3525

Online Chipload Calculator from Royce//Ayr

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Mon, Jan 25, 2010

Tags: CNC Routers, tooling, wood, Productivity, Woodworking, tips, chipload calculator

Royce//Ayr manufactures and distributes premium quality cutting tools for wood, composite, plastic, rubber and steel cutting applications for cnc routers and other machinery.  Royce//Ayr makes it easy to determine Feed Rates, Knife marks per inch & Chipload per tooth. View the recommended values in the charts located here and use the calculator to determine approximate settings for your machinery. The calculation results should serve as a starting point to determine optimum feed speeds and RPM for your machinery. 

 

Working with King StarBoard ®

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Mon, Jan 18, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, King Starboard, marine building material, King Plastic Corporation, tips

 

Care and Storage

  • Store the sheets flat on a level surface, as the polymer can cold flow.
  • Keep away from teak oil and other products that can stain the finish.
  • Use china markers or water-based markers to draw patterns. Do not use pencil, as it will permanently mark the material. Pen marks can usually be removed with household cleaners.

 

Project Planning

  • Provide structural support every 16-18 inches (typical spacing for 3/4").
  • Keep away from heat sources that exceed 180 degrees F.
  • Test applications for unforeseen complications, such as expansion/contraction issues (note: different colors react differently to heat). King StarBoard® contracts and expands at a rate of 6x10-5 in./degree F, changing approximately 1/32 inch for every foot of length or width over a 40-degree temperature range.
  • Use King StarBoard®XL or King StarLite®XL only in places where a finished edge is not important.
  • Use King StarBoard®AS for walking surfaces (or rout a non-skid pattern into KingStarBoard material).
  • Because there is no grain, parts can be cut from any area of the sheet. Save the scraps for small parts, shims, spacers and plugs.
  • Remnants may be eligible for recycling. Contact your distributor or King Plastic Corporation for details.

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • King StarBoard sheets are made to maintain their color and finish for the lifetime of the boat. Only routine cleaning or pressure washing with common detergents is required.
  • Nylon scrub pads and brushes should be used with care because excessive force can mar the finish.
  • For resistant stains, apply bleach and allow it to soak in.
  • Use citrus cleaner, alcohol or mineral spirits to remove grease or oil stains.
  • Automotive silicone spray products or household furniture polish can help to hide scratches in the surface. To prevent slipping, do not use these products on walking surfaces.

Fabrication and Finishing

  • Use standard woodworking tools: table saws, table routers, drills, blades and bits. Carbide router bits with two to four flutes are recommended.
  • With a 1/2" diameter router bit, feed rates of 12-16 feet per minute are normal. Rates must be slower for material that is 1/2" thick or thicker. Larger bits have higher tip speeds and RPM adjustments may be necessary.
  • Cut with a circular saw at 1275 RPM using a 50-70-tooth carbide blade. Expect a feed rate of 12-16 feet per minute.
  • No surface finishing is required. King StarBoard, King StarBoard XL and King StarLite XL come with a textured matte finish on both sides. King StarBoard AS comes with a non-skid dot pattern finish on one side and a matte finish on the reverse.
  • Edges may be finished with a router. Sanding may be used, but a very fine sandpaper is required to avoid creating small, hard-to-clean scratches.
  • Because King StarBoard sheet products are designed to resist water and grime, they cannot be painted and the use of adhesives is not recommended. If gluing is absolutely necessary, products such as 3M's Scotch-Weld DP-8005 and Lord Corporation's 7540-AB have been used with some success. Special welding rods, designed for use with polymer sheets, are also available.
  • Use standard fasteners with oversized holes. Drill pilot holes first, followed by an oversized hole to allow for expansion and contraction. Use press-in threaded inserts for applications where repetitive motion is expected, such as a door hinge.
  • Mild heat applied with a heat gun will help mold the sheets for curved installations. Sharper corners must be notched and then heat-shaped.
  • Hide fasteners with plugs made from King StarBoard using a standard wood-plug cutter. Make the plug slightly larger than the hole for a press fit.

 

The Ultimate Marine Building MaterialTM

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King Plastic Corporation

1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288 USA

TEL: (941) 493-5502 FAX: (941) 497-3274

www.kingstarboard.com

WMS 2009 Habitat for Humanity Initiative - CNC Automation

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Mon, Jan 11, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, CNC Routers, Announcements, Trade Shows, Model 43, Furniture, CNC Automation, Canada, Habitat for Humanity, WMS Show

This past September at the WMS 2009 Show, CNC Automation in collaboration with our Suppliers and customers built kitchen cabinets, wardrobes and vanities that were then donated to the Habitat for Humanity Restore Program.

Many of the people who worked together during the show to not only illustrate what our products and machines could do in a real time production environment, were humbled by what was being created for the Habitat for Humanity program.  Too often during shows, raw material is wasted and finished products are destroyed once the show is completed.  This time CNC Automation and our partners wanted to make a difference.  We contacted Habitat for Humanity to see if there was a need.  This partnership proved to be rewarding to all concerned. 

       

 

I would like to share with you, a letter that was received from Stewart Hardacre, President and Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity Canada.

 

Habitat for Humanity Letter of Appreciation

Thermwood Corporation: CNC Innovator

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Jan 06, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, Technology, aerospace, Wind Energy, Ken Susnjara, energy digital, cnc innovator, 3-D volumetric compensation, GSA

This article is also available to view here

 

Thermwood Corporation, always on the cutting edge of technology, is now taking its CNC expertise to new markets

Written by Militza Richard & Produced by Shaheen Mohammadipour

The Thermwood Corporation has never been intimidated by technology. Founded in 1969 as a plastic molder for wood-grained parts for the furniture industry, the company developed their own CNC tool in the mid 1970s.

"We ended up building the first CNC control system ever offered commercially," says company founder and CEO Ken Susnjara. The company developed its own operating systems and evolved their CNC routers into a very powerful and capable system.

Used to cut, trim and shape a wide variety of materials including wood, plastic, composites, foam, honeycomb core and non-ferrous metals into either flat or three-dimensional shaped products, CNC routers have changed the face of the machine industry. Thermwood is the oldest CNC router company in the world and the only CNC manufacturer in the country with a GSA certification.

With customers ranging from NASA to Broadway, Thermwood offers a wide variety of systems, in both three and five axis configurations in a wide range of sizes. The company has also become a major international player with operations across the globe.

NEW MARKETS

For many years, Thermwood Corporation has been extremely successful focusing on three key markets: woodworking, plastics and aerospace. However, the company has recently begun expanding into new markets, such as the growing wind sector.

"We've made a huge number of changes in the downturn," says Susnjara. "We've revamped marketing, targeted the wind energy market, and created some new machines. We didn't pull into our shells. You have to go out there and get the business."

With Ken's son Jason Susnjara heading up the marketing department, Thermwood Corporation has embraced online marketing and begun attending new tradeshows, opening doors into new business sectors.

"We had a traditional marketing plan that had worked well for us, but over the past few years we have begun embracing electronics and becoming internet savvy. It's worked rather nicely. By spreading out our marketing we have been able to pick up business in new sectors," says Ken Susnjara.

Entering these new markets has been essential as the economy continues to struggle. "The biggest trends are our competitors going out of business," says Susnjara. "We are in a dozen markets in 35 countries, and we would have never believed they would all dip at the same time."

But the company has taken the down time to revamp and is now excited about the future. "As the economy recovers we will be much stronger," states Susnjara. He believes the economy is turning around and is excited that more and more companies are beginning to adopt CNC technology.

IMPROVED MACHINES

As Thermwood enters new market places, the company has also developed larger, more accurate machines. However, one problem with large machines is the head alignment. Ensuring accuracy comes with a high cost.

To solve this problem, Thermwood has employed 3-D laser systems to measure the exact position of the head everywhere in the working envelope. They then developed technology that allows their CNC control to take this data and compensate for any machine error.

This system cuts down on the cost, making it practical to build larger machines. "We have sold 60ft machines and with the new system we can run the Z axis into the 10-12ft range," explains Susnjara.

As Thermwood continues to improve its systems, its technology continues to become more accurate and easier to use. For example, mounting a fixture used to be a task that could take hours of painstaking work, but Thermwood's new technology can transform the program to match the fixture instead of the other way around, cutting out hours of work.

"Things that used to take a lot of time and skill are now being handled in the control," says Susnjara. "Once we discover the needs of a client, we can generally come up with a way to meet those needs better than our competitors. We can offer the machines for 1/3 less money with specs that are better."

Thermwood hopes to apply this technological savvy to the growing wind sector. Susnjara says the company has programs in place with leaders in the industry and is excited about the "unique technologies they will be able to bring to the industry."

STRONG RELATIONSHIPS

Thermwood is able to offer flexible technological solutions to its clients thanks to the hard work and skill of its employees. "We get pretty good folks. This area has a strong work ethic and skilled people," says Susnjara.

In fact, he says many of the people who were with the company in the beginning are still there today. Their very first employee just retired last year, and many employees are second generation. And while there have been layoffs and pay cuts due to the economy, Susnjara says that in a normal year a turnover rate of 1 or 1.5 percent is bad.

Thermwood also cultivates long-term relationships with its vendors and distributors. Having been in the same business for so long, they have maintained great relationships with all of their vendors. "We have a philosophy that everyone needs to make money. We don't squeeze our vendors. It's better to create relationships where you support each other," says Susnjara.

Similarly, the company has worked with many of its distributors for 20 or 30 years. Many are now second generation.

FACTS AT A GLANCE:

Company Name: Thermwood Corporation

CEO: Ken Susnjara

Operations: Thermwood is the oldest CNC router company in the world and the only CNC manufacturer in the country with a GSA certification

Established: 1969

http://www.thermwood.com

 

 

Thermwood's Model 90 - "The Beast"

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Dec 23, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Composites, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Model 90, High Performance

A & C Products had sent us pictures of their new Thermwood Model 90 nicknamed "The Beast".  They machine a wide variety of materials including REN, Aluminum, Plastics, Copper, Brass and other composites. They also manufacture pleated window shades for private jets.  Below are the pictures of "The Beast"

 

 

Thermwood CabinetShop 45 CNC Pen Project

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Dec 03, 2009

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, CabinetShop, Technology, Model 45, smart, Customer, education, ball state, drawing

The members of projectione recently utilized the 3 Axis CabinetShop 45 CNC Router at Associated Fabrication in New York to create several cool projects.

The first is a combination of CNC Router and a set of drafting and art pens to draw abstracted versions of character sketches.  For more information on this process, please click here:

CNC Pen Project on CS45 by projectione

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bamco Custom Woodworking is awarded $2.77 million dollar loan for green finishing

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 21, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Productivity, Model 45, Customer, Canada, Green

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Bamco Custom Woodworking is a Thermwood machine owner:

Guelph Ont.-based cabinetmaker Bamco Custom Woodworking has received a $2.77 million loan from the Ontario government under the Advanced Manufacturing Investment Strategy (AMIS) program. Economic Development Minister Sandra Pupatello made the announcement in early October in Guelph.

"We proposed a project to the Ontario government whereby we would bring in some very high-end finishing equipment from Italy to help us create a 100% water-based finishing system," says Bamco president Bill Van De Ven. The equipment, he says, will also allow the company to create a high gloss buff-less finish. "Currently most high gloss finishes are sprayed on and then buffed to a gloss. This equipment that we bought is so advanced that you won't need to buff it - it will come out with a glass or mirror finish without the hands-on buffing."

Bamco will become one of the first manufacturers in North America to offer the environmentally friendly finishing process. "From a marketing standpoint we plan on targeting companies that would traditionally import that product from Italy or Germany - give them a North American solution," says Van De Ven.

Vice-president of business development, John Fazari says the finishing system also gives the company an edge with businesses in the U.S. "We're not competing with the American dollar so much as with the euro because this product is not available in Canada and the U.S. the way that it will be when we're finished."

Doug Weidner, brand director for Bamco's DolceMano cabinet series, says the new technology will allow them to offer a high quality "green" product. "It gives our dealers a huge advantage in the market."

The finishing system is expected to be up and running in early 2010. It's anticipated that it will help create approximately 70 jobs over the next five years.

Thermwood demonstrates the CabinetShop 43 at WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Sep 24, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, control nesting, New, CNC Routers, Productivity, Nested Base, Trade Shows, edgebanding, CabinetShop, Model 43, Cabinet, High Performance, cabinets, nested based, QuickCut, 43, Low Cost, Easy, edgebander, CNC Automation, WMS, Fravol

Today is the first day at the WMS show in Toronto where our Canadian Dealer, CNC Automation has a very nice booth with a couple of Thermwood CNC Routers including the New CabinetShop43. We are continualy adding pictures from the show to our TwitPic account. You can view them here:

http://www.twitpic.com/photos/thermwood

You can also follow Thermwood, CNC Automation and the WMS show on our twitter page or blog:

http://www.twitter.com/thermwood

The booth consists of two Thermwood routers, CabinetShop45 and CabinetShop43., and two Fravol Edgebanders, S4 and S7.  They are demonstrating eCabinet Systems and QuickCut on the CS43, cutting random cabinets and 20-20 Technologies is sending files to the CS45.

The CS45 is also creating furniture for Canada's Habitat for Humanity. Once the parts are cut on the machine, they will get edgebanding, finished and assembled right there in the booth, so there are other secondary type of machines within the booth.

 Here are a couple of pics of the CNC Automation /Thermwood booth at the opening of the show:

 Thermwood Booth at the strart of the WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada

Assembling cabinets cut on the CabinetShop 43 at the WMS Expo in Toronto, Canada