Thermwood's Demonstration Center is available for free live demonstrations at our modern factory headquarters in Dale, IN. During your demo you can expect:
We will replicate your exact part(s) and show you how we can increase your productivity, while saving you money and time on a Thermwood CNC router.
Work with our CNC Experts in depth on your exact application(s), and ask questions about programming, machine operation, options, maintenance, financing, service and support.
See our manufacturing process from start to finish, and how we carefully build each machine from the ground up.
We will record a video of your live demo for you to watch later.
We also offer live Web Demos that allow you to interact with our Demonstration department via your computer. These web demos are available for both the latest software solutions as well as our machines. You can see the machine and control running your application and ask questions in real time.
If time or travel is a factor, this might be a good first step to see what our machines can do for you, before you come in and see the process in person. Our local representative is typically on-site at your facility during these demonstrations to help explain the process and answer any questions you may have.
Below is a new video showing a Thermwood Model 63 5'x45' CNC router machining aluminum.
This machine features an optional 10-position rotary automatic tool changer, optional saw aggregate and optional Renishaw probe system.
The Thermwood Model 63 is a large bed three-axis CNC router with moving bridge and stationary table. Primarily designed for two dimensional machining of large composite parts, and is also highly recommended for the machining of three dimensional patterns (various table sizes up to 60' are available).
The all-new Thermwood Cut Center (which makes virtually everything a cabinet shop needs, with no programming) was just announced as a winner of a 2014 IWF Challengers Award. These awards were given to seven entrants out of a field of over 60 innovative new products.
You have the opportunity to see just how easy it is to run this new machine - right now, during IWF 2014. 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 (#5513) and speak to a Thermwood representative to get your hands on this exciting machine!
Below are some examples from the displays at IWF. Everything on these displays was made with the Thermwood Cut Center using standard tooling:
This is a set of closet cabinets in aromatic cedar plywood. These feature grain matched slab door and drawer stacks. They use “slot slide” drawers eliminating the need for hardware slides. They also use our proprietary drawer stop system. Drawers are “Blind Dado” construction with edge banded drawer sides.
Cabinetmakers who have worked with aromatic cedar in the past will likely ask where we got the matching edge banding. This particular cedar is highly figured with lots of knots which make it brittle and difficult to work with so it is generally not available commercially. Western and Eastern red cedar are a poor match.
We made our own aromatic cedar edge banding from a paper backed cedar veneer. The sheet was 4’ x 10’ and we cut it into 7/8” strips which we ran through the edge bander. The paper backing kept it from breaking. The system and routine we used is not currently in the machine but we plan to add it shortly. The fine tip tool we used is already one of the standard tools so this system will allow folks to make perfectly matching edge banding for about any material. These cabinets are assembled using lock joints and cam-lock fasteners.
This assembly method is ideal when the cabinet must be assembled inside the closet. Often, you cannot physically move an assembled closet cabinet into a confined closet area and you must assemble the unit inside the closet. Lock joints are the easiest way to do this although we also offer lock joints with pocket screws fasteners. Also, these closet cabinets have detailed, step-by-step assembly instructions that you can print right at the machine. Items with lock joints must be assembled in a fixed sequence. The instructions make this much easier.
This one features upper corner pantry cabinets and a sink base in the center. This is also a face frame design using style 2, which has a mid-rail only under the top drawer.
MDF doors and drawer fronts are mounted using traditional partial overlay with a half inch overlay on face frames.
Drawers are dovetail construction with half inch thick sides and bottom. They are mounted on Blum undermount, soft-close slides.
This display features a tall corner pantry cabinet with connected base and uppers. Cabinets are “open frame” (Style 1), face frame designs made using ½ inch single side material. There are no mid-stiles or rails. The corner pantry features right hinged upper and lower angled corner doors and a left hinged appliance garage door for storing kitchen appliances. The left hinged door makes it easier to move appliances from storage to the counter top. It also features a full side door on the left end, increasing accessibility to a huge amount of storage space.
For the cabinet, ½” Columbia Pure-Bond maple veneer was used which was clear coated with a pre-cat lacquer on one side prior to cutting. The shelves are made from ¾” Columbia pre-finished Pure-Bond plywood edge banded with pre-finished edge banding.
The base cabinets feature a three drawer stack and a double door/drawer cabinet. Drawers are dovetail construction with a ¼ inch slide in bottom mounted on undermount Blum Tandem soft close slides. The machine automatically sizes drawers for the undermount slides which come in three inch increments. This is important because these slides only work with fixed depth drawers. Width measurements are from the inside of the drawer to the cabinet sides rather than from the outside, as with side mount slides. This means the width of the drawer must be adjusted for any variation in material thickness, which is all done automatically.
Doors and drawer fronts are MDF from the “Applied Molding” area. They are sized and mounted as “Full Overlay” meaning they cover most of the face frame and present a frameless “Euro” look on a face frame cabinet. This style is becoming popular in the US today.
This is a set of bath face frame cabinets that show both the 30” height and 35” height cabinets available in the cut center. They also demonstrate how you can modify the standard face frame structure. Standard Cut Ready face frames have 1.5” wide stiles and 2” rails.
These cabinets use the standard 1.5” stiles but reduce the width of the rails so we can install inset drawers. The top rail was made at 1.5” instead of 2” and the mid-rails are 1” instead of 2”.
The 48 inch high counter top mounted corner cabinets are topped by a shelf from the same area, resized to act as a top cap. The mirror frame was made using the same molding shape as the doors and drawer fronts but sized wider when made in the molding area.
This is a walnut closet based on the frameless closet designs available in the cut center. Although essentially the same as the previous display, appearance is dramatically different, demonstrating the variety of products that can be made from the core designs. It is also cam lock construction although pocket screw construction could also work since the unit must be assembled and finished before it is installed. The solid wood doors were made from moldings cut on the machine. Several molding shapes from MDF applied moldings doors are available in the “Mid-molding” sections of “Moldings” making mitered wood doors possible. The wavy restoration glass in the doors add an “antique” appearance.
The walnut carving along the top as well as the crown molding were both cut on the machine and are both part of the current offering. The carving takes almost five hours to cut but adds a unique, “expensive” look that demands a premium price. The design can also be made without the carving. Note: carving and molding material such as walnut or oak is quite difficult because of the tendency of these materials to tear out during machining. The machine allows for this tendency and creates rather nice results as you can see here.
The all-new Cut Ready Cut Center is on display and cutting live at IWF 2014 in Booth #5513 at the Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA. Make plans now to visit us and see this exciting new technology in person!
Thermwood’s Cut Ready – Cut Center knows how to make cabinets without you having to tell it every move to make. Face frame or frameless, single or double sided material, toe kick or detached toe, screw dado or pocket dado construction, etc. Just pick what you want, adjust the size and it makes it. It also offers an extensive selection of closet cabinets, bath cabinets and furniture items, but that’s not all.
The cut center makes drawers, also in several configurations: blind dado or dovetail construction, quarter inch or full thickness bottom, sized for either side mount or undermount slides. Simply tell it what kind of drawers you want and tell it to make them for cabinets you’ve cut and it handles everything else. There is also an interesting drawer called a “slot slide” which is available on closet, utility and some furniture items. The drawer bottom extends out each side of the drawer and rides in slots cut into the cabinet sides. High-tolerance machining assures smooth operation without the cost of separate hardware slides. It also means drawers can be made any depth without worrying about slide length and you don’t have to worry about alignment, since it is machined in. These are ideal for items such as closet cabinets where it saves the cost of separate hardware slides.
The cut center also makes doors and drawer fronts in two versions: Slab doors and drawer fronts are cut from sheet stock so that the wood grain flows smoothly across all the doors and drawers on each cabinet. MDF doors and drawer fronts are available in over 450 styles including slab, square, arch, cathedral and applied molding (in both raised and recessed panel designs). Again, simply tell it to make doors and drawer fronts for a cabinet job and it makes them. It even makes applied ends.
On face frame cabinets you can specify wheter the doors and drawer fronts are inset, partial overlay or full overlay and the machine will automatically size them properly for that installation method.
MDF doors are made using a reverse 3D printing technique where, instead of adding a small amount of material each pass, a small amount is removed each pass. This means everything in the system is made with the standard tooling that comes with the machine. This technique is also used to make moldings.
Hundreds of molding profiles are available in the cut center and the size of most can be adjusted. These adjusted profiles are then used to make either straight or arch moldings. There are also a number of carved moldings that can be cut.
The molding area also includes profiles for the stiles and rails used on the applied molding MDF doors. This means you can make solid wood versions of those doors by cutting long sections of molding from solid wood and use them to fabricate mitered wood doors and drawer fronts, all without special molding knives.
The Cut Ready - Cut Center is extremely easy to operate, even by people with little technical background (at every point the machine tells you what to do). If you ever need help, a “Show Me” button on the large touch screen plays a quick video showing you how to do what the machine is telling you. It handles tool management and watches tool life automatically.
It measures tool length and diameter and adjusts tooling parameters automatically without the operator becoming involved. It handles vacuum hold down and spoilboard maintenance automatically. It automatically adjusts how it cuts parts based on their size and resurfaces the spoilboard when needed, even in the middle of a job. It can even keep track of two spoilboards, allowing for shuffle loading, which can increase throughput by about a third. It also watches routing maintenance, alerting you when you need to service something. As you might expect, a video shows you how to perform each service.
If you ever need help or have a problem, you can call up a Thermwood service technician, right on the control screen. They can handle diagnostics, adjustments and parameter settings and answer questions. This is a free ongoing service for Thermwood Cut Centers.
The Cut Ready - Cut Center is also equipped with a sheet flipper. Some products, especially when using single sided material or in areas like closets and furniture, require that parts are machined on both sides. The cut center groups these parts on the first few sheets of a job and does the backside machining first, on the full sheet. The sheet flipper is used to flip the sheet over so it can be machined on the front side. This makes parts machined on both sides quite easy to process and offers tremendous design flexibility for future products...and there will be many future products.
Thermwood plans to continuously expand the products that the cut center can make, based on feedback from users. These additions will be available to all cut centers users as a free download. System software updates are also available as a free download whenever they are released.
Cut centers represent a departure in thinking from how things are done today and this new approach seems to make a lot of sense for a lot of cabinet shops. With lease payments of about the cost of a single employee, cut centers make sense for anyone who just wants to make cabinets and not spend a lot of time learning to program computers.
The Cut Center will be on display and cutting live at IWF 2014 (August 20th-23rd) in Booth #5513 at the Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, GA. Make plans now to visit us and see this exciting new technology in person! 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 (#5513) and speak to a Thermwood representative to get your hands on this exciting machine!
Whether this is your first time attending a trade show in Atlanta or you have been visiting for years, our resident expert, Jason Susnjara (VP of Marketing-Thermwood) offers some tips to help navigate not just the show grounds but also Atlanta. This year marks Jason’s tenth trip to the IWF show, and he has a lot of great advice for maximizing your time at IWF and in Atlanta:
IWF is located at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta. Show dates this year are August 20 – 23. IWF will have exhibits in Buildings A and B. If traveling by car, there are several parking options. The Yellow lot (1284 spaces) is located in the Northwest corner of the WCC and is located near Building C. The Blue lot (722 spaces) is located across Northside Dr. and Building C. The Gold Deck (300 spaces) is located in between Building C and the Georgia Dome. The Red Deck (2000 spaces) is a parking garage located in between the Georgia Dome and the CNN Center and just South of Building B. All of these parking options are $10 per day. The Yellow and Blue lots are very easy to get in and out of but will require a long walk to the entrance. If you plan on staying around the CNN Center, Georgia Dome or Phillips Arena after the show, you will be better off parking in the Red Deck (plus this area is closer to the entrance).
This time of year Atlanta is hot and the traffic can be daunting at times, especially if heading downtown. There are multiple travel options to get around the city and to and from the show. There are taxis, shuttle busses, rental cars, personal vehicles and the Marta. The cheapest and fastest method of transportation is the Marta. The Marta has numerous routes that will take you all over and around the city. If you plan on renting a car and staying downtown, remember that you will be paying for a parking fee every night of your stay. IWF is providing complimentary shuttle bus service operating between selected downtown and midtown hotels to and from the IWF show. Walking is another choice if you’re staying downtown.
There are plenty of hotel options in downtown Atlanta. This option is great if you don’t want to rent a car and would like to enjoy all the amenities that the city has to offer within walking distance. However, these hotels will be more expensive. If you are traveling by car or Marta, there are many choices outside of the downtown area. You have the Midtown, Buckhead and Marietta areas to look for accommodations as well as other outlying areas. Thermwood stays about 12 miles north of the city and although this sounds like a far drive with traffic, it actually isn’t bad if you can leave before or after the rush hour traffic.
There are numerous activities to do in Atlanta and the surrounding areas like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Underground Atlanta, Stone Mountain, Botanical Gardens and much more. If you’re a sports fan, this time of the year is great to catch an Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field and if you’re lucky, maybe a preseason NFL game at the Georgia Dome. There are plenty of places to eat and shop in Atlanta.
Attending the IWF show:
“This place is huge. I remember when this show also occupied all three buildings and the Georgia Dome.” – Jason Susnjara VP of Marketing – Thermwood
If you plan to walk the entire show, you might just need all four days. Below are a few tips on how to decide to tackle this massive show:
- If you are interested in looking at industrial woodworking equipment, software and tooling then building B will have everything from finishing equipment, saws to CNC routers, software and material handling solutions. Building B is what the exhibitors call the “noisy hall”
- If you are interested in hardware, software tooling and more than building A is where these items would be located. Building A will be what the exhibitors call the “quiet hall”.
Both buildings will have some of the same products from the same vendor such as software. For example, you can find some of the same software companies in both buildings. This helps if you’re looking for a machine and software package, you would be wise to visit Building B. If a software purchase is your only goal, then visiting Building A will be the easier choice to hold a conversation.
Establish a list of priorities and gather as much information as possible by visiting the floor plan and exhibitor list that the IWF show provides online.
Wear comfortable shoes for your time walking the show.
There are also numerous educational events throughout the entire show. These can be found here. There is a price for attending these educational seminars but from prior experiences, they are well worth the money.
There is also a registration fee to attend the show. You’re looking at $30 for pre-registration and $35 on-site. This price is good for all four days. If you’re attending the IWF show please visit the Attendee area of the www.iwfatlanta.com website for some more information.
For technology, that’s ancient, and it really hasn’t changed much! It’s time for something new… something better… something easier… a lot easier
It’s called a “cut center” and it’s really different. It makes virtually everything a cabinet shop needs, but there is no programming. That’s right, no computer, no software and no programming…none….EVER !
A cut center doesn’t need programming because it already knows how to make cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings and more…. thousands and thousands and thousands of designs. Just tell it what you want and it makes it, the size you want and the way you want
Thermwood has just announced the very first cut center, called "Cut Ready". This amazing new technology has already been discovered by the business media and is being featured on Fox Business News, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg International Europe and Bloomberg International Asia multiple times this summer and fall
The amazing thing about this machine is that it can be run by just about anyone, no special training, no special technical skills. This is manufacturing for the average person
Now cabinet shops can remain cabinet shops and not be enslaved by technology. It installs and you are in full production in a couple of hours. It can be run by your current folks and make you a ton of money
See videos and more info at cutready.com
A new option is now available for the Thermwood Model 70 CNC Router - A 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer.
This new tool changer is contained in a protective housing that moves forward when tool changes are needed, and then back out of the working area to continue machining. It expands the Model 70's capabilities with an additional 10 tooling positions.
The 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Changer can be added to a new Model 70 as an option, or retrofitted to an existing machine. Please Contact Thermwood Retrofits for more information on adding this option to your existing Model 70.
We recently held our 2014 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 round-table informative sessions to discuss sales strategies and also to present the exciting changes and new products we plan to release in the next year.
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.
This year, our top dealership was Tech Con. Second and third places went to Automation Associates, Inc and CNC Automation out of Canada. The award for the dealership with the Most Improved Sales for 2013 went to Thomas F. O’Brien, Inc. The award for top International Sales went to CAM Automatizacion out of Mexico. Congratulations, guys!
Pictured above are: (l-r) Robert Vollmer (Tech Con), Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood), Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood) and Glenn Suss (Tech Con).
Pictured above are: (l-r) Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood), Mark Drone (Automation Associates, Inc) and Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood).
Pictured above (l-r) are: Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood), Andrew Legault (CNC Automation), Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood) and Bob Law (CNC Automation).
Pictured above are: (l-r) Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood), Thomas O'Brien (Thomas F. O’Brien, Inc.) and Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood).
Pictured above are: (l-r) Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood), Pablo Macias (CAM Automatizacion) and Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood).
Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers socialize after hours during the 2014 Dealer Conference.