CNC Automation Holds Open House Event on June 10 - 11, 2010

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Thu, May 20, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, CNC Routers, 3 Axis, Announcements, CabinetShop, Technology, nested based, Closet, edgebander, panel processing, 20-20, CNC Automation, Fravol, Canada, solid wood processing, sanders, Makor, Timesavers, Loewer, Omal, Giben

CNC Automation is holding an open house event on June 10 and 11, 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm both days at its St. Zotique, Que., headquarters.

 


The event marks the official launch of the company's new Canadian Solid Wood Technology Division as well as the Kentwood by Stiles program of woodworking machinery. A number of machines will be in operation during the event, including a Kentwood 6 heard moulder, a Kentwood Profile Grinder and a Kentwood Multiple Rip Saw. In addition, Stiles solid wood experts will be on hand both event days.

On the panel processing side, CNC Automation has announced it will have a complete nested based manufacturing cell in operation. The cell will consist of a Thermwood CNC router, Fravol & Lange edgebanders (straight and contour), Omal dowel drilling and inserting machine as well as a Giben computerized panel saw. 

The open house will also feature finishing solutions in operation including Timesavers Wide Belt sanders, Loewer profile and moulding finishing sanders as well as a Makor surface staining and coating machine.

Representatives from hardware, software, tooling and dust collector manufacturers will also be on hand to address application questions.

For more information, visit cncautomation.com

eCabinet Systems/Shopbot Link at the 2010 ShopBot Jamboree

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Apr 22, 2010

Tags: eCabinet Systems, CNC, CNC output, CNC Routers, Announcements, Trade Shows, CNC Router, Training, Shopbot, Jamboree, Dennis Englert, Durham, NC, Link

If you are planning to attend the 2010 ShopBot Jamboree held tomorrow April 23rd and Saturday April 24th in Durham, NC, you will want to check out the informative eCabinet Systems presentation hosted by Dennis Englert. 

Dennis is the Manager of Product Training here at Thermwood, and is a guru with eCabinet Systems.  He is also the author and voice behind our popular eCabinet Systems Online Training program

eCabinet Systems ShopBot LinkDennis will be representing Thermwood and more specifically, eCabinet Systems at the Jamboree. He will be demonstrating the power and flexibility of eCabinet Systems as well as how you can use the ShopBot/eCabinet Systems Link to export your eCabinet Systems .twd files into a format that will run on a ShopBot.

He will have the ShopBot/eCabinet Systems Link on-hand for purchase as well as "The Nearly Complete Guide to eCabinet Systems".

Make plans now to attend the Jamboree and experience the eCabinet Systems presentation for expert guidance and tips.

Thermwood Impact-Resistant Head and Continuous C-Axis Rotation Video Demonstrations

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Mar 29, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, New, CNC Routers, 5 Axis, Technology, Model 67, Product Information, Continuous C-Axis Rotation, Impact Resistant Head

Impact Resistant Head - A positive locating joint between the axis 5 arm and the rest of the machine.  Decreases the amount of force applied to the head in the event of a collision, diminishes the need for realignment and reduces fixture and spindle damage.


Thermwood Continuous C-Axis Rotation with Impact Resistant Head on Model 67 - Video Demonstration

For the first time offered together, the Thermwood Continuous C-Axis Rotation and Impact Resistant Head. The Continuous C-Axis allows the machine to perform complex motions that require multiple rotations of the C-Axis, and then quickly return to home. With the Impact Resistant Head, the machine stays in tram even after a crash of the head.

An Introduction to 3D Laser Scanning for Woodworking and CNC Routers

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Fri, Feb 12, 2010

Tags: CNC, CNC Routers, Woodworking, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, wood carving, 3D laser, polhemus, laser scanning, 4 Axis

In the Woodworking industry, laser scanners and touch probes have been used for some time for digitizing objects, but due to severe technical or practical limitations, neither has seen significant use in the market. Software and CNC machine technology already exist to take advantage of 3D digital models, so digitizing has been the weak link in the process. The recent introduction of the FastSCAN to the woodworking market has changed that, and allows woodworkers to leverage digital technology to increase their productivity and get more return on their CNC investment.  Click HERE for the full article.

 

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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eCabinet Systems version 6.0 Build 1 is now available

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Mon, Jan 11, 2010

Tags: Thermwood, eCabinet Systems, CNC, software, software update, CNC output, Announcements, Product Information

 

eCabinet Systems version 6.0 Build 1 is now available. This latest version of eCabinet Systems is available as a download only. No disc is required. It is a full install. It will either update your existing version of eCabinet Systems or complete a full install.

To obtain this version, click on the link below. Save this file to your computer then double click it to run.


Full Installation/Upgrade:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/eCabinetSystems6-0Build6.asp
(113 Mb)


NOTE: Fresh installations (not upgrades) do NOT include pull, wood product, or lazy susan store entries. So to have access to these 3D objects you must download and install them from the following links. If this installer is used on a pc that already contains eCabinet Systems then the 3D files are already on your pc and these downloads are not needed.

Pulls:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/PullsV6.asp

Wood Products:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/WoodComponentsV6.asp

Lazy Susan:
http://order.ecabinetsystems.com/updates/LazySusanV6.asp



Features available in version 6.0 Build 1:

- Full install downloadable. No disk is required.

- Vista & Windows 7 compatible

- Windows 64 bit compatible

- Ability to save Cabinets and Assemblies in a location other than that specified by the installation.

- Improved cabinet construction and Part Editor operation recognition. Problems in previous versions where Part Editor cuts can not hit a construction operation should not exist any longer.

- Ability to add hardware components. This means that the old Members Store is completely removed. The only items that are kept from the old store are those with 3d objects. These components are pulls, wood components, lazy susan & moldings. (To obtain these components on a fresh installation you will need to download them with the links provided above. NOTE: Moldings are already included in the install.) An additional field has been added for Distributors. If you load a job, cabinet or assembly that has a component from the old store you will be asked to add or alter this component with a New Hardware dialog. NOTE: Moldings can not be added or manipulated in this version.

- Item Window for quick access to cabinets,assemblies,doors,drawers,display items for the Room and Cabinet Editor. This supports dual screen systems as well.

- Drawer Box parts can be modified in the Part Editor and Constraint Manager

- Stretchers from the Stretcher Editor can be modified in the Part Editor and Constraint Manager

- A new buy list is available in the Item Window. There is one for the entire job and one for a single cabinet. This buy list can be exported for a means to create a purchase order.

- Export/Import in CSV format for hardware items. This offers a quick means for altering pricing on all your components in Excel.

- CNC Output immediately creates twd for current job. The batching jobs CNC Output is now only available when there are no items in the room or batch area.

- Ability to Nest the items in the Cabinet Editor by clicking Nested Output when in Cabinet Editor


NOTE:
If downloading the install is not an option, an install cd may be purchased online HERE

The fee for the installation cd will be $30.00 (Shipping Not Included)

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