Thermwood Model 63 5'x45' CNC Router Machining Aluminum Video

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 10, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, aluminum, Video, Model 63

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Three Axis Series are highly flexible, making them ideal for a variety of manufacturing applications. 

Multi-Purpose 63

Thermwood Model 63 5'x45' Machining Aluminum VideoThe Multi-Purpose 63 is a large bed three-axis CNC router with a moving bridge and stationary table. Primarily designed for two dimensional machining of large composite parts, it is also highly recommended for the machining of three dimensional patterns.

Features of the Model 63:

  • Dual 12HP (3,000-24,000 RPM) HSD Spindle
  • Fixed Solid Aluminum Table
  • Longer table sizes available
  • Moving Gantry
  • Optional Aggregate Tooling
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • 4 Position Bar Style Tool Changer
  • Optional Automatic Lubrication
  • Optional 5 Position At the Head AutomaticTool Changer 
  • Optional Drill Bank
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Optional Saw Aggregate
  • Optional 10 Position Rotary Automatic Tool Changer
  • Optional Probe System
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support  


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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.

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Thermwood Heavy-Duty High-Performance Model 45 Videos

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, High Performance, Model 45, Video, 2016, Heavy Duty

dual_spindle_m45_lg.jpgThe Thermwood Multi-Purpose 45 is a heavy-duty, high-performance three axis CNC router available in either single or dual spindles with optional rotary axis used in the machining of cabinets, solid wood, millwork, phenolic, display fixtures and much more.

Features of the Model 45:

  • Fixed table sizes from 5'x5' to 7'x12'
  • Optional Rotary Axis
  • Moving Gantry
  • Single or Dual 12P HSD Spindle (3,000-24,000RPM)
  • 4 Position Bar Style Automatic Tool Changer
  • Optional Single or Dual 18HP HSD Spindle Available
  • Optional 5-Position At-the-Head AutomaticTool Changer Available
  • Optional Nemi Pod System Available
  • Automatic Lubrication (optional)
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor (optional)
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support   

 

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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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2016 Thermwood Dealer Conference

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Dealer Conference, Tech Con, CAM Automatizacion, AAI, Carbon Studio, skf enterprises, 2016

We recently held our 2016 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 Automation Associates, Inc.  Second and third places went to Tech Con and S.K.F. Enterprises.  The award for the dealership with the Most Improved Sales for 2015 went to Cam Automatizacion.  The award for top International Sales went to Carbon Studio/AP Group, LLC out of Russia.  Congratulations, guys!

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1st Place AAI

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Mark Drone (Automation Associates, Inc) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


2nd Place Tech Con

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Glenn Suss (Tech Con), Robert Vollmer (Tech Con) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


3rd Place S.K.F. Enterprises

Pictured above (l-r) are: Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Brent East (Accepting for Dave White of S.K.F. Enterprises) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


Most Improved - Cam Automatizacion

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Pablo Macias (Cam Automatizacion) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


Top International Sales - Carbon Studio

Pictured above are: (l-r) Jason Susnjara (VP Marketing for Thermwood), Ekaterina Malykhina (Carbon Studio/AP Group, LLC) and Dennis Palmer (VP Sales for Thermwood).


Cut Center Demonstration

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers attend a Cut Center demonstration during the 2016 Dealer Conference.

2016 Dealer Conference Training

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers during the 2016 Dealer Conference.

2016 Dealer Conference Training

Thermwood personnel, domestic and international dealers during the 2016 Dealer Conference.

Thermwood Model 77 for Large Format Composite, Aerospace, Pattern/Mold Machining

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Sep 16, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, 5 Axis, Announcements, CNC Router, Model 77, manufacturing

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Five Axis Series combines all the elements needed for trimming of large aerospace and composite materials as well as machining large format patterns and molds/plugs for the aviation and defense industries.

Here we look at the Thermwood Model 77.  This heavy-duty, high-speed, moving gantry machine is ideal for machining large applications utilizing heavy fixtures.

Lenny and Mike with their newly installed Thermwood Model 77 5'x10' 5 Axis CNC Router

Lenny and Mike with their newly installed Model 77 5’x10’ 5 Axis CNC router featuring an enclosed overhead cap cover, 10 position rotary automatic tool changer, 36" Z Axis, gantry lighting system, access doors, Nemi pod table and rear dust extraction booth.

Thermwood Model 77 5x10 CNC Router


Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Change Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM Spindle) (other spindles available)
  • Impact Resistant 5 Axis Head 
  • 36" Z (other sizes available)
  • 10 Position Rotary Tool Change System
  • Full 5 Axis Simultaneous Motion
  • Fixed Drill and Tapped Aluminum Table
  • Conventional Style Vacuum Plumbing
  • Heavy Duty Access Doors
  • Gantry Lighting
  • Overhead Cover Cap
  • Rear Dust Extraction Booth
  • Tool Center Point Programming (TCP)
  • Rapid Speed: 3500 inches per minute
  • Moving Gantry
  • Thermwood Q Core SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • Volumetric 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Chip Collection
  • Multi-Function Nemi Pod Table
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 
Model 77 Options

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Thermwood Announces 3D Additive Manufacturing Program

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Announcements, CNC Router, manufacturing, 3Dprinting, 3D printing, Additive

Thermwood’s 3D Additive Manufacturing System (initial development machine) can make parts up to 10’x10’x5’

Thermwood Corporation, a leading U.S. based manufacturer of CNC routers, has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System, capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components.

Near Net Shape Approach

Thermwood’s systems utilizes a “near net shape” approach where a relatively large extruder, mounted to the machine, is used to heat, melt and deposit, or “print”, carbon graphite filled thermoplastic material to quickly create a structure which is almost, but not quite the exact final shape. That structure, when it cools and hardens is then five axis machined to the final net shape. 

Up to Sixty Feet Long

These new systems will be based on Thermwood’s Model 77, semi-enclosed, high wall gantry machine structures, which are currently offered in sizes up to sixty feet long. American Kuhne LogoFor the plastic extruder, Thermwood turned to American Kuhne, the preferred provider of engineered solutions for plastic, rubber & silicone extrusion, who developed a custom system, which integrates tightly, both mechanically and electronically, with Thermwood’s CNC machine. This allows not only the machine but also the plastic extruder to be controlled and managed by a central CNC control, insuring smooth integration and increasing both capability and flexibility. 

Optional Additive and Subtractive on the Same Machine

With the addition of a second gantry, both the “Additive” and “Subtractive” processes can be performed on the same machine. The second “Subtractive” gantry will be offered as an option. Companies that already have five axis machining capacity and want to work with Additive Manufacturing may only require “Additive” machine capability as they can use existing equipment for the “Subtractive” part of the process. 

Full Six Axis Articulated Additive Deposition Head

The system’s custom 1.75 inch vertical extruder by American Kuhne is fully integrated to provide precise material distribution

Thermwood’s systems will feature full six axis articulated additive deposition head, allowing it to build layered structures on both a horizontal plane as well as planes canted in any direction up to ninety degrees from horizontal. Management believes this capability will be important as technology advances and more complex structures are required. 

Further Details

Thermwood’s initial development machine, which is nearing completion, can make parts up to ten foot by ten foot by five foot high, is equipped with a 20HP, 1 ¾ inch diameter, 24-1 L/D extruder and support equipment capable of processing over 100 pounds of material per hour. Despite the relatively heavy weight of the extrusion system and head, which are both mounted on and move with the machine, the machine generates impressive performance with high acceleration rates and high feed rate capability. 

Ongoing Development

This is an ongoing research and development program and Thermwood Management cannot say when commercial systems might be available to the market, but they believe this technology represents a major opportunity and that “Additive Manufacturing” will become a significant factor in the future of manufacturing. Thermwood believes it is in a unique position to pursue this emerging technology since, at one time, it was a plastic processing company that operated large plastic extruders in a production environment. Thermwood is already a major manufacturer of the “Subtractive” machinery part of the equation and this same technology is the basis of the “Additive” equipment.

Thermwood also designs, builds and programs its own sophisticated CNC controls which it can tailor to any new requirements and also has experience developing sophisticated design and CAD/CAM software packages which are also an important part of this new technology.

 

Thermwood smart-router technology is...

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Router, smart-router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, smart-router series


Just like a smart phone does more than make phone calls, a “smart-router” does much more than route parts. The “more” in a smart-router saves material and labor and makes it really easy to use. A smart-router does cost more but is substantially more profitable, making it a much better overall investment.


Thermwood smart-routers process part programs two ways:

  1. The traditional way by using CNC program output from virtually any design software. Thermwood smart-routers can even run existing programs written for other brand machines (even if those programs contain codes specific to that machine). This means, with a Thermwood smart-router, you can use software configured for almost any machine and you can run programs you already have without reprogramming. Thermwood smart-routers are pretty much compatible with anything.
  1. Instead of using traditional CNC programs developed with software and a PC, Thermwood smart-routers can also use part information directly, and create the actual cutting programs within the machine itself. Major software vendors offer database output to Thermwood smart-routers, and any software that can output DXF files will work with Thermwood smart-routers. You send the design to a Thermwood smart-router and it, rather than you, worries about how to make the parts. This offers significant advantages.

Thermwood smart-routers technology is...


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Thermwood Adds "CNC Access" to its Award Winning Cut Centers!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jun 17, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, CNC Mobile App

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

Now Operate the Cut Center as a CNC router with "CNC Access"

Since the introduction of Thermwood's innovative and award-winning Cut Ready Cut Center, we've received requests to allow access to CNC functions of the Cut Center while also preserving the basic Cut Center functionality and simplicity of operation.

To address these requests, Thermwood is proud to announce we have added “CNC Access” to our Cut Center machine. This gives you the following expanded flexibility: 

  • You can operate the system solely as a Cut Center with no CNC Programming required.
  • You can also operate the system as a CNC router in the traditional manner, running programs generated with virtually any CNC software.
  • Plus, using eCabinet Systems software and following specific design protocols, you can custom design products and add them to the Cut Center libraries and then those items can be machined by the Cut Center with no further programming (Note:  In addition to doing it yourself, Thermwood offers this type of product development as an optional service).

Best of Both Worlds:  Switch Between a CNC router and a Cut Center

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!

We believe this approach dramatically expands the capability and flexibility of the Thermwood Cut Center, without losing its ease of use, yet still providing technical users new options to benefit from this new technology. 

The Bottom Line...

Thermwood Corporation’s Cut Ready Cut Center with new "CNC Access", for the first time, allows people without extensive programming or CNC training to quickly and easily make a wide variety of products including cabinets, closets, furniture, doors, drawers and more. 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 with new "CNC Access" is the machine for you!  

Please call us today at 1-800-533-6901 or click below for more information.


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Thermwood Total Solution

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Jun 05, 2015

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Router, CNC Mobile App, Total Solution, Assistance

What Do You Get With a Thermwood Machine?

When you purchase a CNC router from Thermwood, you get a superior machine, a superior control, superior performance and the best service and support in the business.  Our CNC Experts work with you during every step of the process to insure that you receive the optimum machine configuration for your specific application, and that you gain the knowledge and assistance you need to get into production as quickly as possible.  

You are never on your own with a Thermwood machine, and help is always free for the life of the machine!  Below, we'll go into more detail on each step of the Thermwood Total Solution process:

Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90 5'x12' CNC Router

Thermwood Model 90 5 Axis 5'x12' Dual Table CNC router


Customize Your Solution

custom-cnc_programming_smThermwood's Total Solution means that we can customize your machine operation to suit your specific needs.  Our experienced program techs can create new programs or modify your existing programs, work with you on fixturing and tooling, create custom interfaces for your control and much more.  

Because we are a single-source manufacturer, we can easily modify and hone any part of the machine or control to fit your exact need.  Our ultimate goal is to provide the best solution possible with the lowest learning curve for you. We'll stay by your side during each step of the way. We also provide phone, email and forum support, always free of charge.

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Thermwood Customers IDL Worldwide with their new Model 45 CNC router


Support When You Need It

Our Total Solution also means that support doesn't stop with the sale.  We are by your side during your five-day training course at our state-of-the-art factory as well as during installation at your facility. During installation, you are paired with a dedicated CNC Expert to work with you one-on-one at your facility to answer any programming and operation questions you may have.  Their goal is to make sure your Thermwood CNC machine gets into production as quickly as possible and running at its optimum performance. 

Thermwood Training Class

Thermwood Training Class in Dale, IN

Thermwood Customers learning programming skills during our five-day training class


The Thermwood Total Solution:

Training and Production Support

  • In-Depth Machine Training at our state-of-the-art facility
  • Production Start-Up Assistance at your facility with a dedicated CNC Expert
  • Help from our CNC Experts when you need it via phone/email/forum 

Customizing Your Solution

  • Customizable Control Interface (we can create a custom control interface just for you)
  • Customizeable Machine Operation (modify/create new programs and/or machine hardware)
  • Fixturing and Tooling Assistance 

Better Machines

  • High-Performance, Highly Reliable Siemens Drives Throughout
  • Full Function, High Performance CNC Control (future-proofed with an upgrade path)
  • Designed using State of the Art CAD/CAM
  • Weldments Fully Stress-Relieved
  • Three-Dimensional Laser Compensated

More Features

  • Mobile App - track the operation of your Thermwood CNC router(s) and the programs that run on them from anywhere by using your cell phone, PC or other mobile device
  • Extensive Software Capability (control accepts output and can even combine files from a wide variety of design software)
  • Automatic Tool Management (manages tooling and tool life - not easy without this feature)
  • Maintenance Tracking (manages lubrication and routine maintenance based on actual machine use)
  • Error Reporting (graphically displays location of error and suggests remedy)
  • Maintenance Videos (on-screen videos guide you through adjustment and repair)
  • Dynamic CAD Drawings (view and explode every machine assembly on the control screen)
  • Dynamic On-Screen Manuals (view and search the machine manual from the control screen)

Better Service and Support

  • Free Phone/Forum/Email Support
  • Virtual Service (instantly address virtually anything a service visit can - fast)
  • Free Ongoing Control Updates (not available from others - you're stuck with what you have)
  • Quick Tech Service Visits Directly from the Factory When Needed (single source responsibility)
  • Extensive Spare Parts Inventory with Overnight Shipping

The Bottom Line:

Our systems install fast, start up quick, are easier to use and maintain, produce more and last longer.  The Thermwood Total Solution means that we work with you before you buy, after you buy and into the future to make sure you get the best performance and financial benefit from your Thermwood machine.

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