CNC router or Cut Center...Which is Better for Me?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Router, Why Purchase a Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Purchase, Affordable

CNC router or Cut Center...Which is Better for Me?

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

Nested based manufacturing and CNC routers are well known to most cabinetmakers. Thermwood Cut Centers, less so, but there is a big difference between the two, even though they produce essentially the same products. This difference means that cabinetmakers wanting to automate must make a decision. Which direction is better for them? 

The major difference between a CNC router and a Thermwood Cut Center is in who addresses the details of each cabinet design and how involved the user must be in the underlying technology.

CNC router - the Basics

A CNC router system consists of three fundamental elements:

  • A PC computer able to run sophisticated software
  • A cabinet design software package that can produce the required CNC programs
  • A machine to execute the CNC programs.

With a traditional CNC router system, the user designs the cabinets and addresses all of the design details. They must also become intimately involved with the underlying technology. They are responsible for selecting, installing, learning and running the software.

They must also understand the intricacies of the machine control and operation so that their programs run properly. They must adjust and maintain machine parameters, select and set up tooling and deal with vacuum hold down and the spoilboard.

Thermwood Cut Center - What you need to know

The Thermwood Cut Center is Different in a Good Way

A Thermwood Cut Center consists of a single element - the machine. It already knows how to make cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and much more just about any way you want.  

It doesn’t require you to learn complex programming to operate, and is so user-friendly that it walks you through every step of the process.  You simply tell the machine what you want to make via an easy to use touch screen interface, and it does it.  No programming is required

Other Thermwood Cut Center Features

  • Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionWith a Thermwood Cut Center, details of the cabinet design have already been addressed by experienced and seasoned programmers, working with professional cabinetmakers and have been built into the machine. You need have no more involvement with the underlying technology of a Thermwood Cut Center than you do with the underlying technology of your car.
  • The system has been automated and refined to handle areas such as tooling and tool life, vacuum hold down and spoilboard maintenance, error handling and routing maintenance without the user becoming directly involved. The machine guides you, step by step, can show a quick instructional video of every step and can connect with a real live person on the screen should you ever need help.
  • Also, you can operate the Cut Center system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. Thermwood has created a simple way to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run. 

The Main Differences

  • A CNC router is completely flexible, totally controlled by the user who must become directly involved with both the software and hardware.
  • A Thermwood Cut Center makes cabinets, etc that you select and define, and can be run by just about anyone.  Two different approaches, so which is best for you?

The Three Types of Cabinetmakers

Those who like and embrace computers, software and technology.   
They will only be happy if they have the total flexibility, capability and control of a CNC router and a powerful design software. Using the car analogy, this would be someone that builds custom or race cars. They also likely have the technical skill and experience needed to take full advantage of the possibilities of the underlying technology with little technical risk.

Those who really dislike technology.  
They just don’t like it, and really can’t or won’t work with computers, parameters or software. They just want to make cabinets, etc. They are strictly woodworkers. Clearly the Thermwood Cut Center works better for them. It allows them to enjoy the financial benefits of automating without totally disrupting what they are used to. It could very well help them stay in business in an ever more competitive market.

Everybody else.
These shops are in business to make money by making cabinets. They neither love nor hate technology. It is simply something you learn in order to automate and make more money. The decision here is not as easy.

The Fine Details of Each Approach

If you compare the initial investment cost of the two approaches, they are about the same even though the Cut Center looks more expensive at first. In the end, you will spend about the same amount of money for either, although you will spend it in different places.

Get into production quickly with the Thermwood Cut Center

A Cut Center is tooled and ready to make cabinets on day one. For a fair comparison, with a CNC router investment, you must add the cost of a vacuum system, a design computer, design software, technical training for the software, technical training for the machine, programming time to create the cabinet programs and tooling. When you consider everything, your money investment will likely not be much different between the two systems, although you will likely have invested more time in getting the CNC router into production. 

With a Thermwood Cut Center - there is No Programming!There is also a cost difference in operating the two systems that can tip the scales one way or another. A CNC router needs a CNC program for every job. This means it needs a programmer to create those programs. A CNC programmer will cost more each month than the total lease cost of a Cut Center. Also, after five years, the lease cost of a Cut Center becomes zero. Most likely the cost of a programmer will go up over the same period. 

There is also the matter of technical risk. With a Cut Center technical risk is low. Everything has been developed, tested, refined and it is ready to make your products.

With a CNC router, everything needed to make it work from creating the CNC programs to selecting tooling is your responsibility. Clearly there is more technical risk with a CNC router.

Another Factor

The Thermwood Cut Center comes standard with a huge library of products to make.
The Cut Center is set up to make a lot more than just basic kitchen cabinets. There are closet, bath and utility cabinets as well as furniture such as shelves and shelf walls, entertainment centers and entertainment walls. There are also drawers, slab and MDF doors and drawer fronts and custom sized moldings, both straight and arch. The selection is quite large and making any of these is quite easy.

If you don’t need these things, this may not be important, but with a Cut Center you can make a wide variety things with little effort. They are already in there. These things can also be made with a CNC router but only with significant additional investment in time and effort. Thermwood has invested thousands of hours in developing and testing these items. To duplicate them will require thousands of hours on your part.

From an operating standpoint, you do not need a computer, software or a software programmer for a Cut Center. Also, the machine operator does not need the same level of technical skill and training that is required to operate a CNC router.

The Bottom Line 

In the end, the decision is likely a philosophical and emotional decision since both systems offer the huge benefits of automating cabinet production.  It is the learning curve that separates them.

The Thermwood Cut Center might be the machine for you if you don't have extensive programming experience or have experience and want both the flexibility of a CNC router and the ease of use of a Cut Center.  

A CNC router might be for you if you have extensive programming experience and want the total flexibility, capability and control of a CNC router and a powerful design software. 


What our Cut Center Customers Think...

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Original Woodworking with their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Bednark Studio and their new Thermwood Cut Center

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Latest Cut Center Update Adds Cut Ready Publisher and Other Features

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Updated Features, News, Cut Center Updates

Latest Update Summary

UPDATE_PIC.jpgWe are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  Our latest update adds a powerful tool to the Cut Center - the integration of the Cut Ready Publisher.

What is the Cut Ready Publisher?

The Cut Ready Publisher gives eCabinet Systems users a seamless way to integrate their own designs into Cut Ready! 

  • Simply open the Publisher from within eCabinets, Drag and drop the designs you want to transfer to the Cut Center, and press the Publish button.
  • Your designs will appear in the Cut Center under "My Content".  You will now be able to resize and cut your design just like any other Cut Ready Item.

Please visit the eCabinet Systems website to download the Publisher and eCabinet Systems update.

Watch the video below to see how easy the Cut Ready Publisher process is:

Other Updated Features:

  • Standard Frameless Base Cabinets can now be resized in height, while maintaining proper Drawer Front Heights
  • Standard Frameless Tall Cabinets can now be resized in height, while maintaining proper Drawer Front Heights
  • Removed Merge Material Pages for simplicity
  • Limited, eventual removal of Tool Verify Screen when returning from CNC Access
  •  Integrated a new Stair Stringer Interface

New Stair Stinger Interface:

New Cut Center Stair Stringer Interface

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood Cut Ready 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

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Why Purchase a Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Purchase, Affordable, 2016

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

Can I Afford a Thermwood Cut Center?

“I’ll buy a CNC router as soon as I can afford it”.  Is this something you’ve said to yourself time and time again over the years?  Surveys indicate that 50% to 70% of cabinet shops say this, depending on which survey you read. A CNC router is automation, it is productivity and it is on every cabinetmakers short list of things they would really, really like to have. So exactly when can you afford a CNC router?

The simple answer is that you can afford it when it will make you more than it costs.  Taking a look at the Thermwood Cut Center, for instance, the Cut Center may have a slightly higher than average purchase price, but the immediate benefits and ability to get into production quickly can outweigh any initial costs.

The Cut Center is Different in a Good Way


The Thermwood Cut Center is Different in a Good WayThe Cut Center is not like any regular CNC router you may be familiar with.  It doesn’t require you to learn complex programming to operate, and is so user-friendly that it walks you through every step of the process when making cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and much more.  You simply tell the machine what you want to make via an easy to use touch screen interface, and it does it.  No programming is required.

 

"No Programming" is a Huge Factor

Thermwood Cut Center - No Programming!

That little bit about “no programming” is huge factor – no matter how great of a deal you get on the purchase of a CNC router, it will still need to be programmed.  This means that you either need to learn to program yourself or you’ll need to hire a CNC programmer. 

A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center.  And every few years, that programmer will most likely cost more money, while the payments on a Cut Center will go away once the machine is paid off.

 

How About Programming it Myself?

No programming necessary with the Thermwood Cut Center

Programming it yourself is possible, but it isn’t simple.  CNC routers require a constant stream of programs to run. Solving problems (like damaged or scrapped parts or defects in material) means even more CNC programs. Programming custom cabinets on a CNC router is a full time job….good thing you have nothing else to do! 

No Software Required

And don’t forget about the software to run the CNC router. Cheap cabinet software is limited and difficult. It will most likely take more time to learn and operate, which means more money. Really good software can cost as much, or more than a cheap CNC router, and then you still need to learn to use it.

Save By Using Scrap Material

Save money by using your scrap material with the Thermwood Cut CenterAnother consideration is scrap material. You will most likely have one or more partial sheets left from each job. Regardless of what they tell you, it is so difficult, complex and expensive to add this to new jobs that virtually everyone just throws it away. With the Cut Center, you just scan the label on any extra material lying around and it is added to the job, automatically. This can mean a lot of money saved at the end of the year. 

Get Into Production Quickly

Get into production quickly with the Thermwood Cut Center

With the typical Thermwood Cut Center installation, you can be in full production is a little as about half a day.  A regular CNC router can take as much as six months to get to that point.  A half a day or half a year?  In business, time is money, and there is serious cost associated with that half a year.

Enhancing Employee Productivity

Enhance employee productivity with the Thermwood Cut Center

A new CNC router can sometimes be seen by employees as intimidating or threatening when it is installed into a shop.  Your workers may either be worried that their jobs could be affected by this dazzling new piece of equipment, or that they will be required to learn an entirely new programming language or operating procedure.  With the Thermwood Cut Center, there is no programming knowledge necessary.  Basically anyone can walk up to the machine, pick out part(s), select their desired quantities/sizes and make it.  The Cut Center is designed to be as simple as possible to operate, and to help shops and employees be more productive and efficient.

Another Way to Make Money with a Thermwood Cut Center

List your business for free on the Thermwood Production Sharing MapFinally, there is Production Sharing. This is a program where you sell production time on your machine by making parts for other shops that don’t have a Cut Center or CNC router. Thermwood provides an area on our web site where you can advertise your services (there is no cost for this), and you work directly with the other shops to set up your jobs.  Thermwood receives no money for these transactions.

 


More about the Thermwood Cut Center:

Operate as a Cut Center with No Programming

Operate the Thermwood Cut Center as a CNC Router or a Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionWith the award-winning Thermwood Cut Center, there are no computers or design software. Everything is already in the machine. There is no programming. The cut center doesn’t need a computer to tell it how to move because it already knows how to make cabinets. Just tell it what you want to make, and it does it - it is that simple!  

Operate as a CNC Router

Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. Thermwood has created a simple way to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run.

Operate as a Cut Center or as a CNC Router - the best of both worlds!

What our Cut Center Customers Think...

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Original Woodworking with their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center

Jody Wilmes and the guys at Bednark Studio and their new Thermwood Cut Center

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Upcoming Cut Center Feature Video - MDF Doors Using Profile Tooling with Corner Cleanup

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Nov 04, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, MDF doors, 2016, Updated Features

ThThermwood Cut Center - MDF Doors made with standard profile tooling with corner cleanupermwood's Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center is an alternative to traditional CNC routers for making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming.  

With the Cut Center, you have two choices in how you can operate. You can use it as an easy-to-operate Cut Center (just tell it what you want to make and it does it), or you can use it as a traditional CNC router with CNC Access.  

Upcoming Feature Preview:

We are constantly adding new features and capabilities to the powerful Cut Center.  Please click below to see a video preview of the newest - the ability to quickly and easily machine MDF doors using standard profile tooling with corner cleanup. Just select the door(s) you would like to make, select the profile, input the size(s) and the Cut Center makes it.



What Our Customers Are Saying


About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Updated Features, Contemporary Floating Bedroom

Latest Update Summary

We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center. Our latest update adds another unique library to the Cut Center that can be selected, resized and machined with NO Programming!

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

The Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite is a collection of unique contemporary bedroom furniture that appears to float above the floor without visible legs or support. It presents a simple elegant style that compliments any contemporary setting. 

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut Center

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut CenterBeds (available in all standard sizes) can be used with a traditional box spring and mattress offering a more traditional appearance or they can be used with a platform and mattress for a low, modern look.

While these pieces can be made from any material, it is recommended that they be made from either pre-finished or unfinished hardwood veneer plywood. The unfinished material supports a variety of contemporary finishing techniques from a simple stain or clear coat to dramatic solid colors.

This collection is assembled using just a screwdriver and “lock dado” joints. The dresser, chest, and night stand are all resizable. Drawers use “slot slides” where the drawer bottoms extend out each side and ride in slots machined in the sides. This offers easy assembly, smooth operation and precise alignment.

Contemporary Floating Bedroom Suite Now Available on the Thermwood Cut CenterThis collection offers simple, elegant and highly attractive furniture with high-end, avant-garde Italian styling.

 

 

 

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood Cut Ready 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

 

8 Reasons to Consider the Powerful Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, List, Reasons

The Thermwood Cut Center Has a Huge Offering of Products with No Programming!

1. Huge Offering of Products

The Thermwood Cut Center has an extensive offering of products including cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings and more, and the sizes can easily be changed with no programming. 

We can also help you develop custom libraries for your specific product(s) in the size range you want, in the material you want and install them in your machine. 

2. Operate as a Cut Center or a Traditional CNC Router

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center is an exciting alternative to traditional CNC routers - just tell the machine what you what to make and it does it...it is that simple!  NOprogramming is required!

Also, you can operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software. Thermwood has created a simple way to switch between operating as a CNC router and operating as a Cut Center to assure that all machine parameters are properly reset and that the standard Cut Center tooling is properly installed, checked and ready to run.

3. Powerful Testimonials From Our Customers...

Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking on their new Cut Ready Cut CenterDonovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking on their new Cut Ready Cut Center
Donovan Mumma From Byrne Custom Woodoworking in Lenexa, KS with Jody Wilmes from Thermwood and Byrne's New Cut Center
Michael Bednark - President of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY on his new Cut CenterMichael Bednark on the Thermwood Cut Center
Jody Wilmes of Thermwood and the guys from Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY and their new Cut Center
John Allan - Thermwood Cut Center OwnerJohn Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors on his new Cut Ready Cut Center
The crew from Arkansas Wood Doors and their new Thermwood Cut Center

4. With Other CNC Routers - Programming Required?

No Programming Required with the Award-Winning Thermwood Cut CenterEvery CNC router, regardless of price, has one thing in common..it must be programmed. You will need a CNC programmer.  You will also need an operator with knowledge of tooling, feed speeds and holddown.  

This programming and operating knowledge takes a lot of time and experience to master. That can be time away from running your machine and making money.

 

 

5. You Can Get Into Production Quickly

Thermwood Cut Center Product SelectionIt is likely you will be in full production with a Thermwood Cut Center in about a half a day. A typical CNC router can take as much as six months to program and get to that point. A half a day or a half a year? There is serious cost associated with that half a year.

 

6. Other CNC Routers - Not So Cheap After All

A typical CNC programmer will cost you more each month than the payment on a Thermwood Cut Center, which does not need CNC programs or CNC programmers.

So, even if a machine was FREE, it would still cost you more than a Thermwood Cut Center, and in a few years the Cut Center payments go away while your programmer costs most likely will go up. 

When you consider everything, a cheap router isn’t so cheap after all. In fact, to match a Thermwood Cut Center THEY would have to pay YOU to use their router. 

7. Constant Updates and Additions

All new Floating Bedroom Set just added to the Thermwood Cut CenterWe are constantly adding new libraries, features and capabilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  For instance, our latest update ads:

  • New libraries and furniture (new Floating Bedroom Set)
  • The ability to create stair stringers and free-standing stairs
  • The ability to merge materials for a more efficient nest
  • The ability to specify whether your material is sheet stock or board stock (with a whole host of options for each type)
  • The ability to add sheets as off-fall even if they weren't created from the Cut Center
  • The ability to resize the height on face frame base cabinets (while maintaining proper drawer front heights)

8. Commitment to Your Success

Thermwood is committed to your success with the best service and support in the business!Thermwood is committed to you and your success.  We want you to love your new Cut Center, and for it to help move your business to the next level.  

We have the best service and support in the business, and help is available with a push of a button on your Cut Center.  We also have free phone, email and forum support.   In addition, we are available to help you create custom libraries for your projects to quickly get you going.   

The Bottom Line...

Don't have extensive programming experience?  Have programming experience and want both the flexibility of a CNC router and the ease of use of a Cut Center?  Looking for a machine that will grow with your business?  Then Thermwood's Cut Ready Cut Center might just be the machine for you!  

The Powerful Thermwood Cut Center - Find out More Today!

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

Get Hands-On Experience with the Thermwood Cut Center at IWF 2016!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Trade Shows, Model 45, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, IWF, 2016, FrameBuilder 48

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The 2016 IWF Show (August 24th-27th) promises to be an exciting opportunity to visit Atlanta and see the very latest technology from Thermwood (booth #6513)! 

Like the award-winning Cut Center (make virtually anything a cabinet shop would want to make - with no programming), the all-new Framebuilder 48 (for nested-based upholstered frames featuring an auto load/unload system and built-in chip collection hood) and the heavy-duty Model 45 utilizing pods and aggregate tooling (machining solid wood parts).

Try out the award-winning Cut Center for yourself at IWF 2016!

Thermwood Cut Center at IWF 2016

The award-winning Thermwood Cut Center (which can be operated as an easy-to-use Cut Center with no programming, or as a traditional CNC router - running programs generated with virtually any CNC software) will be in action during IWF 2016. 

You'll have the opportunity to see just how easy it is to run this powerful machine.  Just tell it what you want, and it makes it...it is that easy!  We'll be demonstrating live during the show, and you can be part of it by helping to operate the cut center.  Please visit our booth (#6513) and speak to a Thermwood representative to get your hands on this exciting machine! 

Thermwood Cut Center

FrameBuilder 48 - Auto Load/Unload System and Chip Collection HoodThermwood FrameBuilder 48

Thermwood is also proud to demonstrate our all-new FrameBuilder 48 (4'x8' table) CNC router equipped with optional dual 18 HP Spindles and dual electric drills for nested based upholstered frame production.  

Featuring an auto load/unload system to automate the process of feeding the machine sheet material and automatically off-loading the parts upon completion. The system is also equipped with a built-in chip collection hood that cleans the table as it executes the automatic load/unload cycle.  The FrameBuilder 48 will be in action at IWF 2016 in booth #6513.  

Solid Wood Machining on the Thermwood Model 45Thermwood CabinetShop 45

 We will also be demonstrating solid wood door machining utilizing pods and aggregate tooling on the 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.  

 

 

Model 45 with Pod System Machining Poplar Hardwood Door:

Thermwood Model 45 Machining a Poplar Hardwood Door 

See at IWF 2016:

All three of these machines will be on display and cutting live at IWF 2016 (August 24th-27th) in Thermwood booth #6513 at the Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA.  Make plans now to visit us and see this exciting new technology in person!

Click to Calculate the Value of a CNC Investment  

More Info

For more info on the Thermwood Cut Center, please visit cutready.com.  For more info on the FrameBuilder 48 or Model 45 CNC routers, please visit us at thermwood.com.

Thermwood Cut Center Virtual Demonstration

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, 2016, Testimonials

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center is an all-new alternative to traditional CNC routers for making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming.  

With the Cut Center, you have two choices in how you can operate. You can use it as an easy-to-operate Cut Center (just tell it what you want to make and it does it), or you can use it as a traditional CNC router with CNC Access.  

Try out the Thermwood Cut Center at IWF 2016!

You can see the Cut Center in action at the 2016 IWF show in Atlanta (August 24th-27th) Booth #6513, and you'll also have the opportunity to see just how easy it is to run this new machine yourself.  

We'll be demonstrating live during the show, and you can be part of it by helping to operate the cut center.  Please visit our booth (#6513) and speak to a Thermwood representative to get your hands on this exciting machine!

Virtual Demonstration

Please click below to see a virtual demonstration of the Thermwood Cut Center machining a mitered box. 



What Our Customers Are Saying


About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

Click for More Info on the Thermwood Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Updated Features!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, May 04, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, software update, Announcements, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Updated Features, News, Cut Center Updates

Latest Update Summary

We are constantly adding new features and abilities to the Award-Winning Cut Ready Cut Center.  Our latest update now gives you:

  • The ability to create stair stringers and free-standing stairs
  • Merge materials for a more efficient nest
  • Specify whether your material is sheet stock or board stock (with a whole host of options for each type)
  • Add sheets as off-fall even if they weren't created from the Cut Center
  • Resize the height on face frame base cabinets (while maintaining proper drawer front heights).

Stair Stringers

The Cut Center now has the ability to create Stair Stringers, and free-standing stairs. 

Stair Stringers are now available in the Thermwood Cut Center

Stair Stringers are now available in the Thermwood Cut Center

Stair Stringers are now available in the Thermwood Cut Center

Merge Materials

This ability originated with the stair stringers development (you can nest treads, risers or stringers out of the same material, providing a more efficient nest), and this solution was so useful that it was implemented throughtout the entire system.

You may now merge materials to nest treads, risers or stringers out of the same material.

You may now merge materials to nest treads, risers or stringers out of the same material.

New Material Properties

We’ve updated the materials page to allow the user to specify whether their material is Sheet Stock or Board Stock (which affects direction of cut, feed speeds, and cut depths).  This allows you to make Solid Wood Drawer Boxes.

You can also specify if your material has identical sides (such as premium plywood), or if they are different (such as melamine that has 2 colors).  In the melamine scenario, the Cut Center will maintain all of one color to the inside of the cabinets.

For users who do not use material with grain (melamine, mdf, etc.), you can now turn grain off, resulting in a more efficient nest.

You may now speicfy whether your material is sheet stock or board stock.

Add Off-Fall Sheets not created in Cut Ready

Prior to this update, you could only add off-fall created from previous jobs by using a barcode and scanner.  This update allows you to add rectangular off-fall that was not created from the Cut Ready system, and use it just like you would regular off-fall.

You may now add rectangular off-fall that was not created through Cut Ready to your job.

Resize the Height on Frace Frame Base Cabinets

We now allow users to change the height of Face Frame Base Cabinets while maintaining proper Drawer Front Heights.

You can now change the height of farce frame base cabinets while maintaining proper drawer front heights.

About the Cut Center

Thermwood Cut Center Nesting Drawer Boxes

The Thermwood Cut Ready 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.

Request More Information from Thermwood


 

 

What Our Customers Are Saying About the Thermwood Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, 2016, Testimonials

Thermwood's Award Winning Cut Ready Cut Center is an all-new alternative to traditional CNC routers for making custom cabinets and furniture with NO programming.  

Here we present videos featuring three new Thermwood Cut Center owners and their impressions of the machine and its capabilities.

Take a listen to Michael Bednark of Bednark Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, John Allan of Arkansas Wood Doors in Pottsville, AR and Donovan Mumma of Byrne Custom Woodworking in Lenexa, KS as they discuss their new Cut Centers and what the machine is going to do for each business.



About The Cut Ready Cut Center

Operate as a Cut Center with NO Programming or as a Traditional CNC Router, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.

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