Thermwood LSAM 2020 Year in Review

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Dec 09, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Video, 3D printing, LSAM, Thermwood LSAM, LSAM MT, LSAM 1010, LSAM 1020, 2020, Review

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The last 12 months have seen an incredible level of disruption in all industries, fueled in large part by the coronavirus pandemic.  COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of the global economy, from manufacturing to supply chains to travel.

The additive industry wasn’t spared, with event cancellations and disruptions to regular business becoming the norm.  Thermwood pivoted in 2020 to continue our focus on innovation and development with our LSAM (Large Scale Additive Systems) line, and have made many new discoveries and advancements in our additive manufacturing program.

Below, we highlight some of the notable LSAM moments from 2020 that leaves us hopeful for the future of large scale additive manufacturing in 2021 and beyond:

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March 5th - Thermwood Announces Another New LSAM Model

Thermwood Introduces the LSAM 1010

To address the need for a lower cost enclosed additive machine, Thermwood developed the LSAM 1010. This system uses the walls from the larger LSAM systems with the gantry, control and sub-systems from the LSAM MT. 

The LSAM 1010 features a fixed 10 foot by 10 foot table. A single moving gantry carries both the print and trim heads as on the MT and, like the MT, it can both print and trim (but not at the same time). The print and trim heads on all Thermwood LSAMs are the same, so all machines can process virtually any reinforced composite thermoplastic materials available today.

With the introduction of the LSAM 1010, it became clear that Thermwood is committed to responding to customer requests and providing its industry-leading LSAM additive manufacturing technology in a variety of configurations to better fit varying customer requirements.


March 17th - Thermwood LSAM 1020 Quickly 3D Prints a Multi-Piece Foundry Pattern

 

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This was a great exercise to demonstrate the capabilities of an LSAM to quickly make a multi-piece foundry pattern out of ABS (20% carbon fiber fill). 

The pattern was printed on an LSAM 1020 in 6 hours and 40 minutes, and machined on a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90 (because of other projects that were pending on the LSAM).

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June 25th - Thermwood Builds Massive Metalworking Machine to Increase LSAM Production

Thermwood Builds Massive Metalworking Machine to Increase LSAM Production

Thermwood designed, fabricated and put into operation the largest machine it has ever built. The metalworking machine, dubbed internally as the M400, weighs 51 Tons (103,000 pounds) and is mounted on a special isolated, double steel reinforced concrete pad. It has a 15 foot wide, 35 foot long floor level steel table that by itself weighs 21,000 pounds.

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August 27th - Thermwood LSAM MT VLP Prints a High Temperature Part

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In August, Thermwood demonstrated it's VLP (Vertical Layer Printing) capabilities on an LSAM MT 1010.  The high-temperature part was printed out of Techmer PM blended 25% carbon fiber filled PSU/PESU. 

Total print time for the project was 16 hours and 40 minutes, and the final weight of the part was 1,190 lbs.  The final part dimensions were 108.6" (x) x 33" (Y) x 45" (Z).

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September 17th - Thermwood and General Atomics Partner on Additive Tool with $50,000 Cost Savings

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In September, Thermwood partnered with General Atomics to produce a CNC trim tool.  The tool was printed from ABS (20% Carbon Fiber Filled) in 16 hours.  Total machining time was 32 hours.  The final part weighed 1,190 lbs, and represented a cost savings of around $50,000 when compared to traditional methods.

Total lead time for the part decreased from 6-8 weeks to less than 2 weeks by utilizing the powerful LSAM system.

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September 24th - Take a Tour of the Thermwood LSAM

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Also in September, LSAM Product Manager, Scott Vaal, took us on an informative tour of the Thermwood LSAM.

In this tour, Scott explains all the different aspects of the Thermwood LSAM and provides insight into this unique solution for large scale additive manufacturing.  

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October 22nd - A New Approach to 3D Printing a Yacht Hull Mold

A New Approach to 3D Printing a Yacht Hull Mold

In October, Thermwood printed a several sections from a 51 foot long yacht hull mold to demonstrate how only a single mold may be needed for the manufacture of larger vessels, such as yachts. 

The printed sections of this test mold were made of carbon fiber reinforced ABS from Techmer PM. ABS was chosen because of its physical properties and relatively low cost compared to other reinforced thermoplastics

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Thermwood Model 45 5'x10' CNC Machining an Aluminum Sign

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Model 45, Video, Demonstrations, Machining

Watch a Thermwood Model 45 5'x10' Machine an Aluminum Sign

The Model 45 is a heavy-duty and versatile three axis CNC designed for composites, plastics, aluminum, cabinets, wood and nested base panels.  Available in either single or dual spindles with optional rotary axis. Available Table Sizes:  5'x'5, 5'x10', 5'x12', 6'x12' and 7'x12'

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Model 45 5'x10' CNC Router

Model 45 5'x10' CNC Router - Learn More


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Thermwood Model 45 5'x10' CNC Machining a Bar Stool Leg Using a Rotary Playback Device and Aggregate Tooling.

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Model 45, Video, Demonstrations, Machining

Watch a Thermwood Model 45 5'x10' Machine a Bar Stool Leg using an Optional Rotary Playback Device and aggregate tooling.

The Model 45 is a heavy-duty and versatile three axis CNC designed for composites, plastics, aluminum, cabinets, wood and nested base panels.  Available in either single or dual spindles with optional rotary axis. Available Table Sizes:  5'x'5, 5'x10', 5'x12', 6'x12' and 7'x12'

Model 45 C Axis Chair Leg

Model 45 5'x10' CNC Router

Model 45 5'x10' CNC Router - Learn More


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Learn How Simple it is to Machine a Cabinet Job on the Cut Ready Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 01, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Demonstrations, Live Demonstrations, Web Demos, Info Spot, CNC Machine, Tour

Cut Ready Product Manager, Jody Wilmes, walks you through the simple steps of running a cabinet job on the Thermwood Cut Center. 

He also provides real-world examples of how the software helps guide you, even if you run into a problem...like breaking a tool.

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Check out some of our previous Cut Center Demo Videos:

Cut Center Intro Final Rev_1.0

CNC Router vs. Cut Center


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Tour the Cut Ready Cut Center


Cut Center Cabinet Selection Final Rev_1_0

How to Design a Cabinet and Add it to the Job


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Take a Tour of the Thermwood LSAM

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Video, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, LSAM 1020

Take a Tour of the Thermwood LSAM

LSAM Product Manager, Scott Vaal, takes you on an informative tour of the Thermwood LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing), a unique solution for large scale additive manufacturing.

LSAM is a complete system that can both print to near net shape and then machine the print to its net shape.  By far, the fastest way to 3D print large tools or parts.

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Stay tuned for the next release in this exciting new series of videos from Thermwood!


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Info Spot #3 - Learn How to Design a Cabinet and Add it to the Job in Cut Ready

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Demonstrations, Live Demonstrations, Web Demos, Info Spot, CNC Machine, Tour

Learn How to Design a Cabinet and Add it to the Job in Cut ReadyLearn how quick and easy it is to design and customize a cabinet in Cut Ready. Just select what you want and Cut Ready will make it!

Walk through the process of designing a cabinet, modifying its parameters (size, material, etc), and then adding it to the job.  

Cut Ready makes this process simple and walks you through each step of the way.  If you are ever unsure, simply press a button and a video will play showing you exactly what to do next.

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Check out the previous two Cut Ready Info Spot Videos


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Info Spot #2 - Take a Tour of the Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Demonstrations, Live Demonstrations, Web Demos, Info Spot, CNC Machine, Tour

Take a Tour of the Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

With this second Info Spot video, Jody Wilmes (Cut Ready Product Manager), takes you on a walk-around tour of the Cut Ready Cut Center to help you learn more about the different aspects of this powerful machine.  

Jody provides an in-depth look and explanation of the features of the Cut Center and how every component has been designed to help make it easy to operate and maintain. 

Cut Center Components Walk Around Final Rev_2_0_trimmed.m4v

Helpful Insight When Choosing an Automated Solution

Jody Wilmes (Cut Ready Product Manager), helps you understand the differences between the Cut Center and a regular CNC machine.

Jody provides an in-depth look at what it takes to successfully operate each machine, and lists some of the additional expenses and things to consider when shopping for an automated solution for your application.

Cut Center Intro Final Rev_1.0


How to Design a Cabinet and Add it to the Job in Cut Ready

Learn how quick and easy it is to design and customize a cabinet in Cut Ready. Just select what you want and Cut Ready will make it!

Cut Center Cabinet Selection Final Rev_1_0

Cut out a Cabinet Job

In this video, we will machine the cabinet job that we created last time.  See how the software tells you what to do, even if you run into a problem...like breaking a tool.

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Please click here to check out our other Cut Ready Info Spot Videos


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What Some of Our Cut Center Owners Are Saying...

See What Our Cut Center Owners Are Saying About how Their Machines Have Improved Their Business.

 


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What is the difference between a CNC Machine and a Cut Center?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jul 16, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, CNC Router, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Demonstrations, Live Demonstrations, Web Demos, Info Spot, CNC Machine

Helpful Insight When Choosing an Automated Solution

Jody Wilmes (Cut Ready Product Manager), helps you understand the differences between the Cut Center and a regular CNC machine.

Jody provides an in-depth look at what it takes to successfully operate each machine, and lists some of the additional expenses and things to consider when shopping for an automated solution for your application.

Cut Center Intro Final Rev_1.0


Take a Tour of the Cut Ready Cut Center

Take a walk-around tour of the Cut Ready Cut Center to help you learn more about the different aspects of this powerful machine.   Jody provides an in-depth look and explanation of the features of the Cut Center and how every component has been designed to help make it easy to operate and maintain. 

Cut Center Components Walk Around Final Rev_2_0_trimmed.m4v

How to Design a Cabinet and Add it to the Job in Cut Ready

Learn how quick and easy it is to design and customize a cabinet in Cut Ready. Just select what you want and Cut Ready will make it!

Cut Center Cabinet Selection Final Rev_1_0

Cut out a Cabinet Job

In this video, we will machine the cabinet job that we created last time.  See how the software tells you what to do, even if you run into a problem...like breaking a tool.

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Please click here to check out our other Cut Ready Info Spot Videos


Cut Center Info Request

What Some of Our Cut Center Owners Are Saying...

See What Our Cut Center Owners Are Saying About how Their Machines Have Improved Their Business.

 

Coming Soon! Info Spot Virtual Demonstrations from Thermwood

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Model 43, Model 90, Model 45, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, Demonstrations, Live Demonstrations, LSAM, Cut Ready 43, Web Demos, Coming Soon, Info Spot

New Plans to Connect With Customers

With IWF cancelled for 2020 - Thermwood has put new plans into place to connect with our customers who won't get to see us live in Atlanta.

We are currently working to produce a series of Info Spot videos featuring our Cut Ready Cut Center, 3 Axis and 5 Axis CNC routers and LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing Systems) that highlight the capabilities of each, in addition to giving tips and tricks to help with tooling and fixturing.

Thermwood Info Spot Virtual Demo Videos Coming Soon!

The Thermwood team is always available to consult in the form of web demos/videos and time studies.  We are also ready to welcome customers to our Dale, Indiana, headquarters for in-person demonstrations, or use the web to stream live demonstrations if preferred.

Thermwood is Open For Business

Thermwood is open for business, and ready to demo your projects on our machines to prove our CNC equipment can machine customer applications more efficiently and with a significant cost savings.

Thermwood is open for business, and ready to demo your projects on our machines to prove how our CNC equipment can machine customer applications more efficiently and with a significant cost savings.


See Our Machines in Action Without a Trade Show

At IWF, we had planned to demonstrate three of our machines.  First, our Cut Ready Cut Center, which allows users to make virtually anything a cabinet shop would want to make, with no programming required.

Thermwood Cut Ready Cut Center

We were also planning to show the heavy-duty Model 45 (composites, plastics, nested base, aluminum, non-ferrous metal and wood) and the high-performance Model 43.

Thermwood MultiPurpose Model 45 5'x10'


Thermwood CabinetShop 43 5'x10' with Optional Labeling System and Unload Rake


See the Cut Center in action in our upcoming Info Spot videos!The Cut Center would really have been the star of our show. Once people see it in action, and understand how easy it is to operate, they love it.   The machine control actually walks the operator through the entire process, using a touch-screen interface to easily select and configure what they want to make.   

It also keeps track of all maintenance items (lubrication, tooling, filters, etc.), and handles selecting the correct tool and nesting the sheets for maximum efficiency. It also automatically prints labels for each part, as well as a diagram to apply them.

Info Spot Videos Coming Soon - Stay Tuned!

With this in mind, our first round of videos, or Info Spots will feature the Cut Center, and walk viewers through everything from understanding the differences between the Cut Center and a regular CNC router to operating the machine and selecting and cutting out cabinets.

Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for the first in this new series of videos from Thermwood!


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Watch a Thermwood LSAM 1020 3D Print a Multi-Piece Foundry Pattern

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Video, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, Pattern, Foundry, LSAM 1020

Thermwood recently completed a 3D printed multi-piece foundry pattern.  The pattern was printed on an LSAM 1020, and machined on a Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90 (because of other projects that were pending on the LSAM).

The pattern was printed out of ABS (20% carbon fiber fill).  Print time for the project was 6 hours and 40 minutes, and the trim time was a little over 47 hours with multiple fixture setups.

Click below to watch a video of the process:

The final pattern after trimming

The final pattern after trimming

The completed and assembled pattern.
The completed and assembled pattern.

About Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood is a US based, multinational, diversified CNC machinery manufacturer that markets its products and services through offices in 11 countries. Thermwood is the oldest manufacturer of highly flexible 3 & 5 axis high-speed machining centers known as CNC routers.

Thermwood has also become the technology and market leader in large scale additive manufacturing systems for thermoplastic composite molds, tooling, patterns and parts with its line of LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) machines that both 3D print and trim on the same machine. These are some of the largest and most capable additive manufacturing systems ever produced and are marketed to major companies in the aerospace, marine, automotive and foundry industries as well as military, government and defense contractors.


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