Thermwood LSAM Concrete Mold Print and Trim Video

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Video, LSAM, 3D Print, Timelapse, Concrete, Mold

Thermwood LSAM 10'x20' recently 3D printed and trimmed a concrete mold out of carbon fiber-filled ABS.  

This part was designed by Gate Precast, for a project to be completed by Additive Engineering Solutions (AES).

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Finished Concrete Mold produced on Thermwood LSAM 10'x20'

The finished part


Concrete Mold shown in Thermwood LSAM Print 3D Software

Concrete Mold shown in Thermwood LSAM Print 3D Software

The part as shown in LSAM Print3D software.


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Talk LSAM at CAMX 2017

We will be exhibiting at the upcoming CAMX 2017 in Orlando, FL (booth #Q23).  If you plan to be in the area, stop by and see LSAM parts and speak to our knowledgeable reps to answer your questions.

About The Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood offers a line of dual gantry additive manufacturing machines which both print and trim parts on the same machine. These are large industrial additive manufacturing machines that can be up to 100 feet long.  

Thermwood LSAM 10'x20'

The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials. 

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.   

3D Printed Boat Hull Pattern Video

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Video, 3D printing, Additive, LSAM, 3D Print, Additive Manufacturing, Marine Tooling, Boat Hull

The video below shows the process of creating a 3D printed boat hull pattern (from which fiberglass boat hull molds are made), on a Thermwood LSAM. 

This achievement was the result of a collaborative effort between Thermwood Corporation,Techmer PM and Marine Concepts.

The tool was printed slightly oversized and then trimmed to final net size and shape using a Thermwood’s large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM®) system.

It was made from Techmer’s Electrafil© ABS LT1 3DP, which has proven ideal for marine tooling applications when processed using LSAM print technology. The entire print, assembly and trim process required less than ten working days to complete. After the printed and trimmed tool was coated and finished, a fiberglass mold was produced using the printed pattern. This effort clearly demonstrates the feasibility, practicality, economics and advantages of using additive manufacturing in the production of boat tooling. 

The final tool was printed in six sections, four major center sections with walls approximately an inch and a half thick and a solid printed transom and bow, which were pinned and bonded together using Lord plural component urethane adhesive before being machined as a single piece on the Thermwood system.

More Information on the process

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Watch a Thermwood Model 43 CNC machining Brazilian IPE with ease!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Model 43, Video, IPE

What is IPE?

IPE (pronounced ee-pay), also called Brazillian Walnut, originates in some parts of Central and South America. It is as hard as nails (up to three times harder than cedar), and is so dense that it often needs to be pre-drilled in order to connect pieces to each other. It has a similar fire rating as steel and concrete, and is one of the densest hardwoods (it won't float in water). It is naturally much more fire resistant than softer woods and resists scratches, mold and insects.

IPE is tough stuff, but the 3 Axis Thermwood Model 43 has no problem with it.

Watch Thermwood Model 43 5'x 10' CNC router machining Brazilian IPE with ease!


About the Thermwood Model 43

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The Thermwood 
Multi-Purpose 43 is a highly flexible, entry-level three axis CNC router made from fully stress-relieved structured steel for nested-based custom cabinets, custom furniture, nonferrous metals, aluminum, acryllic, plastic sheets, etc. 

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Thermwood Adds Thermographic Imaging to its Additive Manufacturing Machines

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, Monitoring, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermographic, Thermwood LSAM, Camera

Thermwood has added thermographic imaging as a standard feature to our large scale additive manufacturing machines (which we call LSAM "L-Sam"). This addition makes it easier to adjust and control the printing process, resulting in the best possible printed structures.  

Know and Control the Temperature

In order to print high quality, void free large scale 3D printed structures, the previous layer must be cool enough to support the new layer without distortioin, but must also be warm enough to fuse completely with the new layer as it is applied. To accomplish this, we must first know and be able to control the temperature of the surface throughout the printing process. There is a narrow range of temperatures for each material where 3D printing is optimal. The goal is to continuously operate within that range.

Real-time Full Color Thermal Image of the Part
 Thermwood LSAM Real-time Full Color Thermal Image of the Part

Thermwood’s new thermographic imaging system shows the operator a full color thermal image of the part as it is being printed. In this image, different colors depict different surface temperatures of the part. With our system, a green color, is assigned to the ideal range of temperatures for the material being printed. The thermal image is displayed on the control screen in a movable, resizable window. The goal is to continuously print on green. 

Easily Adjust Print Speed and Temperature

Easily Adjust Print Speed and Temperature

Once print temperatures are known and the ideal print temperature can be identified, Thermwood’s print head control makes it easy to adjust printing parameters to achieve the ideal print surface temperature. If the part becomes too hot, fan cooling can be increased or print speed can be reduced to allow more cooling time between layers. If the part temperature becomes too cool, print speed can be increased or cooling can be reduced. 

LSAM High-Output Print Heads Are Important

Thermwood’s high output print heads are also important to quality printing of large parts. In the past, trying to print large parts with low output print heads presented a different thermal problem. Slow print speeds prevented the print head from returning to a point before it becomes too cool to achieve a proper layer to layer bond. With Thermwood’s high output print heads (our largest prints up to 500 lbs/hr) this is no longer a problem. Really good quality large thermoplastic composite parts can be made. Our new thermographic imaging system provides temperature guidance and helps the operator to consistently achieve the desired results. 

Three Different Thermographic Camera Mounting Locations

Three Different Thermographic Camera Mounting LocationsThe thermographic camera can be mounted in three different locations. The first is a fixed position on a stand, inside the machine, looking at the part. The second mounting position is on the print gantry. This works well for parts that are too large to view as a single image. The camera can also be mounted to the print head itself, for special applications. Image output from the camera is integrated with Thermwood’s print gantry CNC control and the full color temperature image is displayed on a resizable window right on the control display itself. A touch screen allows the operator to touch any point on the image and read the exact temperature of that point. 

LSAM Produces Solid, Void-free Parts

Thermwood LSAM Produces Solid, Void-free Parts

Using this technology, Thermwood has been able to produce large tools that are solid and void free enough to maintain vacuum without sealing or surface coating. This simplifies production of the tool, allowing accurate machining of the surface without having to deal with distortions that might be caused by variations in the thickness of a coating. 

Print and Trim on the Same Machine

3D Print and Trim on the Same LSAM Machine

Thermwood offers a line of dual gantry additive manufacturing machines which both print and trim parts on the same machine. These machines can be up to 100 feet long with print head output rates from 150 to 500 pounds per hour.  


About the Thermwood LSAM

About the Thermwood LSAM

The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  

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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.



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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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Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90 CNC Router Video - Machining a Bust Out of Low-Density Foam

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 21, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, 5 Axis, Model 90, Video, Foam, Machining

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This part was machined on a Thermwood 5 Axis Dual Table 5'x'5 Model 90 CNC router.  

The bust was machined out of polyurethane low-density foam and took approximately 5-6 hours for the cycle time.  The tool path was completed in MasterCAM X9, and had over 1.6 million lines of code.  


About the Thermwood Model 90

Thermwood Model 90 CNC Router

The Thermwood Model 90 is a heavy-duty, high-speed 5 Axis CNC Router specifically designed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining of thermoformed, composite and fiberglass parts.

It is available in a variety of table sizes including:

Single table sizes 5'x5', 5'x10' and 10'x5' and Dual table sizes from 5'x'5, 5'x10' and 5'x12' with other table sizes available.

This robust system offers a variety of options and features to tackle a multitude of different applications, and is laser calibrated to assure the most accurate absolute positioning and repeatability.


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Thermwood LSAM Time-Lapse Video 3D Printing and Trimming Mold

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM

Time-lapse Video 3D Printing/Trimming a Mold on the LSAM

Here we present a time-lapse video demonstrating the Thermwood LSAM 3D printing two parts of a mold at once and then trimming. 

About the Thermwood LSAM

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The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  


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Time-Lapse Video of Thermwood LSAM 3D Printing Two Parts Simultaneously

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, Video, 3D printing, LSAM, 3D Print, Thermwood LSAM

Time-lapse Video

Here we present a time-lapse video demonstrating the Thermwood LSAM 3D printing two parts simultaneously. 

About the Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood LSAM Time-Lapse Video 3D Printing Two Parts Simultaneously

The Thermwood LSAM is used to produce large to very large sized components from reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Although suitable for producing a wide variety of components, Thermwood is focusing on producing industrial tooling, masters, patterns, molds and production fixtures for a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, foundry and boating.  


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Thermwood 5 Axis High-Performance Heavy-Duty Model 90 Videos

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Tags: Thermwood, 5 Axis, Model 90, High Performance, Video

The Multi-Purpose 90 is a heavy-duty five-axis designed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining, available in single or dual moving aluminum tables.  It is capable of full five axis simultaneous motions with extremely fast accelerations.

Bust machined on Thermwood 5 Axis Model 90

Thermwood Model 90 5 Axis 5'x12' CNC Router
Model 90 5 Axis 5'x12' CNC Router


Available Features:

  • 12HP HSD Tool Change Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM larger spindle sizes available)
  • Continuous C-Axis
  • Impact Resistant Head 
  • Moving Aluminum Table
  • Fixed Gantry
  • 24" Z Standard (available up to 60")
  • Full 5 Axis Simultaneous Motion
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Thermwood QCore SuperControl
  • Tool Center Point Programming (TCP)
  • 5 Axis Chip Collection
  • 10 Position Rotary Tool Changer
  • Enclosure 
  • Gantry Lighting 
  • Multi-Function Gridded Pod Table 
  • In the Leg Tool Changer
  • Bar Style Tool Changer
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor 
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support 

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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!

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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.