Thermwood 2024 Interns

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jun 12, 2024

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, 2024, Interns

๐ŸŽ“ Congratulations to Our Class of 2024 Interns! ๐ŸŽ“
This year, we've had the pleasure of welcoming a talented group of interns into the #Thermwood Family. Your hard work, dedication, and passion have truly shone through, and we couldnโ€™t be prouder of your achievements. As you embark on your next chapter, we wish you all the very best in your future endeavors!

๐ŸŒŸ Adyson Moore - Hancock County High School
๐ŸŒŸ Lenea Elliott - Perry Central High School
๐ŸŒŸ Matthew McKeehan - Perry Central High School
๐ŸŒŸ Nolan Weyer - Perry Central High School
๐ŸŒŸ Lucas Harth - Perry Central High School

A special shoutout to Lucas Harth, who has accepted a full-time position with Thermwood Corporation. Congratulations, Lucas! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“ธ Note: Lenea Elliott is not pictured in the group shot.

2024 Thermwood Interns Group Shot




Discover the Versatility of LSAM 3D Printing!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 28, 2024

Tags: Thermwood, Large Scale, Thermwood LSAM, LSAM Additive Printers

Thermwood LSAM

Did you know that LSAM systems can print in three orientations? Each one offers unique advantages for specific part designs, providing unmatched flexibility on the same machine. Let's dive into the benefits of each orientation:
๐Ÿ”น **๐‡๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ณ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  (๐‡๐‹๐)**: Standard printing from the machine table for everyday needs.
๐Ÿ”น **๐•๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐‹๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  (๐•๐‹๐)**: Print parts as long as the machine table for larger projects.
๐Ÿ”น **๐€๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐‹๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  (๐€๐‹๐)**: Print at a 45-degree angle for complex geometries and unique designs.


LSAM HLP - Horizontal Layer Printing Orientation


LSAM VLP - Vertical Layer Printing Orientation



LSAM ALP - Angle Layer Printing Orientation


Our ๐๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐“๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž-๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ก๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ensures superior print quality by:
๐ŸŒŸ Finishing the beadโ€™s final shape and dimension
๐ŸŒŸ Actively compacting beads to remove voids
๐ŸŒŸ Enhancing interlayer bonding
๐ŸŒŸ Improving consistency in printed composite microstructures
๐ŸŒŸ Preventing excess material build-up on the nozzle


Thermwood's Patented Temperature Controlled Compression Wheel
**๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐‹๐’๐€๐Œ?**
๐ŸŒŸ Market & Technology Leader in LFAM since 2016
๐ŸŒŸ Real Production Systems
๐ŸŒŸ Widest Range of System Sizes & Configurations
๐ŸŒŸ Perfect for creating industrial fixtures, high-temp molds, tooling, foundry patterns, prototypes, and end products with diverse materials
๐ŸŒŸ Save Time, Money, and Materials

Upgrade to Thermwood's LSAM system and revolutionize your manufacturing process!

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Thermwood 2024 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, May 10, 2024

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Scholarship, 2024

Thermwood is proud to announce that we will be awarding six scholarships to dependents of associates for the Class of 2024. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship. 

Since the introduction of these renewable scholarships, Thermwood has awarded over $225,000 to students wishing to further their education. 


Samantha Haefling is the daughter of Paul Haefling and Ellen Haefling of Santa Claus, IN. She is a graduate of Heritage Hills High School.

While in high school she was a member of BETA, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Natural Helpers and St Boniface Catholic Church. Samantha was also a part of the volleyball team.

She plans to major in Business with concentration in Accounting at Indiana University Southeast in the fall.



Kaitlyn Strobel is the daughter of Jeff and Crystal Strobel of Evanston, IN. She is a graduate of Tell City High School.

Kaitlyn has been a member of Key Club, Spanish Club, Pep Club, National Honors Society, Student Council and Class Officer.

She plans to major in Elementary Education at Kentucky Wesleyan in the fall.




Zachary FuquayZachary Fuquay is the son of John and Rachel Fuquay of Boonville, IN. He is a graduate of Boonville High School.

Zachary is a 10 year member of 4H and Camp counselor. He also has been part of the football, wrestling and traps teams. While in high school he has been a member of both National Honor Society and FFA.

He plans pursue a major in meteorology at Western Kentucky University this fall.


Skyler NelsonSkyler Nelson is the son of Ryan and Mary Callahan of Gentryville, IN. He is a graduate of Heritage Hills High School.

He has been a member of Marching band, band and swimming.

He plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College for Psychology.






Katelyn VaalKatelyn Vaal is the daughter of Scott and Courtney Vaal of Jasper, IN. She is a graduate of Jasper High School.

Katelyn has been a member of the soccer and basketball teams and also the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She is undecided on her plans this fall.





MaddiWeir-1Maddi Weir is the daughter of Brandon and Carie Weir of Mount Carmel, IL. She is a graduate of Mount Carmel High School.

Maddi participated in yearbook and softball team.

She is pursuing a major in nursing at Wabash Valley College.






Congratulations Graduates!

Thermwood would like to congratulate all seniors of the Class of 2024 and wish them the very best in their future studies and endeavors! 

2024 Thermwood Dealer Conference and Awards Dinner

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Apr 25, 2024

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Dealer Conference, CAM Automatizacion, AAI, Process & Production Equipment, CLA, 2024


We recently held our 2024 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 informative sessions to discuss sales strategies and also to present the exciting changes and new products we plan to release in the next year.

CLA Demonstration 

The Dealers were able get get hands-on experience quickly building a part with Cut Layer Additive.
1 CLA Product Manager Jody Wilmes put on a Cut Layer Additive Demonstration for the Dealers
The Dealers were able get get hands-on experience quickly building a part with Cut Layer Additive.
2 The Dealers were able get get hands-on experience quickly building a part with Cut Layer Additive.
CLA Product Manager Jody Wilmes gave a demonstration.
3 CLA Product Manager Jody Wilmes gave a demonstration on quickly machining and putting a part together.
The finished part
4 The finished shape quickly machined through CLA and assembled by Jody and the Dealers.

Engineering Demonstration

brian smiddy demonstation-1

VP of Engineering, Brian Smiddy during part of his Engineering demonstration.

Awards Dinner and Fun

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!

Yum!  Huge pork chop and dessert at the Thermwood Dealer Awards Dinner


Yum!  Huge pork chop and dessert at the Thermwood Dealer Awards Dinner

Top Sales Awards for 2023

For 2023, our top dealership was Process & Production Equipment.  Second and third places went to Automation Associates, Inc. and Noah Weidenbenner.  The award for top International Sales went to CAM Automatizacion out of Mexico.  Congratulations, guys!

First Place - 2023 Sales

1st Place - Kevin Varwig (PPE) with Brendan Haas (Account Manager for Thermwood)

Pictured above (l-r) are: Kevin Varwig (Process & Production Equipment) and Brendan Haas (Account Manager for Thermwood).

 Second Place - 2023 Sales

2ND PLACE - ark Drone (Automation Associates, Inc) and Brent East (Account Manager for Thermwood).

Pictured above are: (l-r) Mark Drone (Automation Associates, Inc) and Brent East (Account Manager for Thermwood).

 Third Place - 2023 Sales

Noah Weidenbenner and Brendan Haas (Account Manager for Thermwood).

Pictured above (l-r) are: Noah Weidenbenner and Brendan Haas (Account Manager for Thermwood).

 Top International Dealer - 2023 Sales

Top International Sales - Pablo Macias (CAM Automatizacion) and Andrew Fischer (International Account Manager for Thermwood).

Pictured above are: (l-r) Pablo Macias (CAM Automatizacion) and Andrew Fischer (International Account Manager for Thermwood).

Thermwood LFM 10'x45' CNC Router

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 01, 2024

Tags: Composites, aluminum, Announcements, patterns, LFM

The Thermwood LFM Series are large bed 3 Axis CNC routers with a moving bridge & stationary table designed for two and three dimensional machining of large composite parts & three dimensional patterns.  

LFM Info Request


  • Fixed Stress-Relieved Steel Table (10'x45' Length Shown)
  • (9) 5'x10' High Flow Vacuum Zones (on Model Shown)
  • Moving Gantry
  • 18 HP 24,000 RPM Variable Speed Router
  • 5 Position At the Head Automatic Tool Changer
  • Fast Indexing Speeds of over 3,000 IPM
  • High-Tolerance Tool Length Sensor
  • 11 Programmable Pop-up Pins for Ease of Part Location
  • Total Automatic Lubrication System
  • Touch Screen Ultra 6 SuperControl
  • Remote Start/Stop Pedestal
  • Wireless Probe Position Verification System
  • Three Dimensional Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 1 TB Solid State SATA Hard Drive
  • Air-Conditioned Control Cabinet
  • Solid State Memory and Control System (fully diagnostic)
  • Multi-Core Processor
  • 22" Wide Full Color LCD Monitor
  • Network-ready with Enhanced Network Filter
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Forum and Phone Support

LFM Info Request

Thermwood LSAM Additive Printer 510 LIVE Printing at JEC World 2024

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jan 04, 2024

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Trade Shows, Purdue, Live Demonstrations, Large Scale, Thermwood LSAM, SABIC, LSAM Additive Printers, Airtech, Techmer PM, JEC World

Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood LSAM Additive Printer 510 LIVE Printing at JEC World 2024

Thermwood will be LIVE printing an autoclave capable tool for composite layup of an airplane engine air inlet duct on an LSAM Additive Printer 510 in the LIVE Demo Area located in Hall 6 at JEC World 2024 in Paris, France on March 5th-7th. We will print a new tool each day with material from a different material supplier (Sabic LNPโ„ข THERMOCOMPโ„ข AM EC004EXAR1, Airtech Dahltram I-350CF, and Techmer PM PESU-1810).

Daily Interactive Demonstration

In addition to LIVE printing throughout the day, we will also present an interactive demonstration once per day that will allow participants to see a real-world application of creating high-temp tooling with an LSAM system. Topics covered will be the collaborative projects, ongoing research initiatives and illuminating case studies that help accelerate advancements in comprehensive knowledge and future innovation within the field.  Participants will have the unique opportunity to pose questions to our industry experts and gain valuable insights into how LSAM can elevate and optimize their production process. This live demonstration will help bridge the gap between theory and practical application and help understand the full potential of LSAM and how it can help enhance productivity and innovation. We will also have our regular booth staffed by our knowledgeable sales team that can help answer any questions you might have (Hall 6 P52).

LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue ADDITIVE3D Software on Display

Eduardo Barocio, Assistant Director of Additive Manufacturing at Purdue University's Composite Manufacturing & Simulation Center will also be on hand to demonstrate their Additive3D software, a powerful tool that not only simulates workflow, but also predicts the printing and as-manufactured performance of parts produced through extrusion deposition additive manufacturing.  

Additive3D Software from LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University

About the LSAM Additive Printer

The LSAM Additive Printer systems are single gantry, moving table configurations and are available in two table sizes, 5โ€™x5โ€™ and 5โ€™x10โ€™. The 5โ€™x10โ€™ table is available in two configurations, 5โ€™ wide with 10โ€™ of front to back motion and 10โ€™ wide with 5โ€™ of front to back motion. Choice of configuration depends on several factors, fitting it existing factory floor space is one factor.

The specially designed, highly rigid tab and slot, structural steel gantry also incorporates a fume extraction system that pulls print fumes through specially designed activated charcoal filters to remove them and โ€œsweetenโ€ the air.

LSAM Additive Printers use the exact same print head mechanism as all the others, including the largest LSAM Systems which means that they produce the same amazing print quality that has made LSAM the leader in large scale additive printing. They also use the same highly advanced Ultra 6 control with all its exclusive, patented print features and capability.

The systems come standard with a single hopper polymer dryer for applications that donโ€™t change print material very often. For installations that print a wider variety of materials, a dual hopper dryer is available as an option.

An enclosure that surrounds the machine is also available. The machine with the full enclosure can also be built to meet European CE standards.

Thermwood Model 77 5 Axis 10'x30' CNC Router

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Nov 20, 2023

Tags: aluminum, 5 Axis, Announcements, Model 77

The Model 77 is a heavy-duty high-walled contained system for the machining of large composite and aerospace materials.  
Available Table Sizes:  5'x10', 10'x10', 10'x20', 10'x30', 10'X40' and up in 10' increments in length Table Extensions available up to 100' (18m)


  • Open Format for Roll In/Roll Out Fixturing
  • Moving Gantry
  • 60" Z Axis
  • 12 HP 24,000 RPM Variable Speed Router
  • 12 Position Under Gantry Automatic Tool Changer
  • High-Tolerance Tool Length Sensor
  • Cold Air Gun
  • Gantry Lighting System
  • Wireless Probe Position Verification System
  • Three Dimensional Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • Fixture Placement Compensation
  • Constatnt Tip Speed Machining
  • Tip Center Rotation
  • Programmable and Controlled Five-Axis Motion
  • 1 TB Solid State SATA Hard Drive
  • Air-Conditioned Control Cabinet
  • Solid State Memory and Control System (fully diagnostic)
  • Multi-Core Processor
  • 22" Wide Full Color LCD Monitor
  • Network-ready with Enhanced Network Filter
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Forum and Phone Support 
More Info on the Model 77:

Model 77 Info Request

Thermwood Unveils a New Additive Way to Make Metal Molds

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 25, 2023

Tags: plastics, Announcements, molds, thermoforming, Additive Manufacturing, CLA, injection molding, metal molds, blow molding, Cut Layer Additive

Molds, for plastics processes, such as thermoforming, blow molding, rotational molding and reaction injection molding are commonly made of aluminum. Often, they are large.

Thermwood has developed a simplified, low cost way of making these large molds, using its new Cut Layer Additive process.


How Does This Work?

Cut Layer Additive works by laminating layers, cut from thick sheets of material, such as aluminum, to create a structure. In addition to building highly efficient structures, the process offers unique capabilities that make it ideal for large plastic molds.

The most important element of a mold is the mold face, essentially the cavity that defines the size and shape of the part. Itโ€™s the one thing you absolutely have to have.

Depending on the process, other functions may also be needed, such as vacuum, venting and/or temperature control. Adding these functions usually increases complexity and cost, sometimes significantly.

Thermwoodโ€™s new approach incorporates these functions in a mold face that is only a couple inches thick. So, the entire mold, including all required functions, is just the mold face.

Itโ€™s simple and less expensive. Cut Layer Additive makes it possible.  In this process, the mold face is built using machined aluminum layers, stacked and permanently attached. Since, prior to assembly, each layer is machined individually in a nest, it is possible to include holes or slots so that, when assembled, they match up, creating internal channels or chambers. These void areas in the mold are then accessed by boring holes from underneath into the opening. 

Design Flexibility is Incredible

A channel with an access hole on each end can be used to circulate temperature-controlled liquid, to control mold temperature.

An internal chamber can be also be used for vacuum. Small holes are drilled into the chamber, as is normally done with thermoforming molds. Vacuum applied to the chamber then forms the part.

Thin slots can be machined between layers to provide vents, should they be needed for certain processes.

Design flexibility is incredible.

In this way, all required functions can be included in a relatively thin mold face.

For mounting, selected mold layers are extended downward to create standoffs supports.

This means large molds can now be produced at surprisingly low cost.  This new approach also supports some advanced features.

Inner views of layers of the mold with holes and slots in place

Inner views of layers of the mold with holes and slots in place

Inner views of layers of the mold with holes and slots in place

Because you can create a multitude of channels or chambers inside the mold face, you can easily do things that are not normally possible. For example, you can circulate liquid at different temperatures through different parts of the mold, or you can create vacuum chambers under different areas of the mold and regulate the flow and timing of vacuum to those areas to aid in forming difficult parts.

There are few, if any, restrictions as to the size or geometry of molds that can be produced using this approach.

Although the basic idea is quite simple, there are a lot of details that must come together to make it all work. Programing all these details using traditional CAD would be difficult at best. The effort would likely make the whole approach impractical.

With Cut Layer Additive, the basic mold doesnโ€™t require programming, at least in the usual sense.

Machine Intelligence in the Cut Layer Additive machine actually knows how to make these kinds of molds, so all you need to do is tell it what you want.

This is done in two steps, show it the shape and tell it how you want it made.

Just show it the shape and tell it how you want it made.

The basic shape of the part is all CLA needs

CLA just needs a CAD file of the basic shape

You show it the shape by sending it a CAD file. Not a detail file, just the basic shape you want. Donโ€™t worry about the inside just yet.

In telling it how you want it made, you need to tell it the material you want to use, how thick you want the face, where you want channels, where you want standoffs, and any other details of what you want.

This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. You simply answer questions about how you want it made. The system guides you and makes the entire process rather easy. This part can often be done in less than five minutes.

CLA can add in holes and slots to each layer to create channels and chambers

CLA can add in holes and slots to each layer to create channels and chambers

To make molds, Thermwood has added the ability to add holes and slots to each layer to create channels and chambers. New features, while you are defining the part, make this rather easy to do. It does take a bit more effort than just making a cut layer part, but overall, itโ€™s straightforward and the results are stunning.

Truly sophisticated molds are now possible at low cost, with zone temperature control, zone vacuum and more. Cut Layer Additive does it using a tiny fraction of the time it would otherwise take.

It makes the whole thing practical.

CLA can quickly create the mold with holes and slots that couldn't be made any other way. 

CLA can quickly create the mold with holes and slots that couldn't be made any other way. 

Attend CAMX 2023 FREE and see CLA for yourself

CLA will be on display at CAMX 2023 Oct 31st-Nov 2nd in Atlanta, GA!  Visit Thermwood Booth #FF18 to see molds and tools produced on CLA, experience live demonstrations of the software and speak to our representatives to help answer your questions on this exciting new addition to the world of additive manufacturing!

Use the code 119734 to register and attend CAMX 2023 Free from Thermwood at the link below:

CAMX 2023


DOE Funds 3D Printing of Wind Blade Tooling Program

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 13, 2023

Tags: Announcements, Purdue, LSAM, Dimensional Innovations, LSAM Additive Printers, Techmer PM, LSAM AP

The Thermwood LSAM Additive Manufacturing LaboratoryPurdue's Thermwood LSAM Research Lab includes an LSAM AP 105 Printer and LSAM Trim 105 5 Axis CNC router.

Award to Develop Additive Manufacturing of Modular Wind Blades

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an award of $2,849,000 to the Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center (CMSC) of Purdue University and its industry partners, including Thermwood, TPI Composites Inc.Dassault Systรจmes, Dimensional Innovations and Techmer PM.

The DOE-funded Purdue program, โ€œAdditive Manufacturing of Modular Tools with Integrated Heating for Large-Scale Wind Blade Manufacturing,โ€ is led by Eduardo Barocio, director of the Composites Additive Manufacturing and Simulation (CAMS) Industrial Consortium.

Eduardo Barocio, director of the Composites Additive Manufacturing and Simulation (CAMS) Industrial Consortium

Eduardo Barocio, director of the Composites Additive Manufacturing and Simulation (CAMS) Industrial Consortium

โ€œThe primary goal of the program is to develop the foundation for automation in manufacturing of tooling for large-scale wind blades that can accommodate continuous changes in blade geometry and scale,โ€ Barocio said. โ€œThis will be accomplished through modular construction, wherein modules are 3D printed with carbon fiber/thermoplastic composites by a technology called extrusion deposition additive manufacturing, which was first developed at the DOEโ€™s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.โ€

Specific targets for the program include developing a module design for wind blades equal to or greater in length than 80 meters; reducing the time required to manufacture and assemble wind blade tooling by at least 40% over conventional tool manufacture; enhancing tool performance by at least 15%; effecting weight reductions of by a minimum of 25% over conventional tools; and lowering the manufacturing cost of a wind blade tool by at least 35%.

Barocio is founder and director of the Thermwood LSAM (Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing) Research Lab at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute in Purdue Research Park. He is also founding director of the Composites Additive Manufacturing and Simulation Industrial Consortium, whose mission is to shape the future of large-scale additive manufacturing by providing education, simulation tools, characterization and best practices.

โ€œThe proposed program provides the foundation for automated manufacturing technology in wind blade tooling manufacture,โ€ Barocio said. โ€œThese same technologies can be applied to manufacturing of all the elements of the wind energy system and, as such, the program provides a pioneering development that can leverage technology within the United States for a major source of clean energy, wind.โ€

The program will develop and demonstrate seven specific innovations. These include automating the 3D printing of large-scale modules and developing robust joining technology and inline heating elements deposition for conduction heating. Others include 3D printed cooling channels for convective cooling; new composite materials systems for economy and performance; support frame weight reduction; and tool deformation prediction and control, with decision making by a digital twin for 3D printing design and manufacturing.

Overall, the DOE awarded $30 million for 13 projects across 10 states that will reshape the design, materials and sustainability of large wind blades for offshore and land-based applications.  Large wind blades face significant challenges in design and materials, particularly for offshore applications. The selected projects will tackle these challenges, focusing on sustainability, efficiency and technological advancements to make wind energy more viable and effective.

Advanced lightweight composite materials have emerged as pivotal in enhancing wind power generation and vehicular applications. The DOE projects were picked for their potential to bolster the manufacturability and robustness of these composite materials, which are essential to the future success of wind energy technologies. The projects focus on three primary challenges: large wind blade additive manufacturing, additive manufacturing of wind turbine components and advanced manufacturing, materials and sustainability for large wind blades.

โ€œThese projects, alongside the Purdue program, will address the remaining challenges in wind turbine manufacturing and build on previous work in automation, digitalization, wind blade sustainability and modular blade construction and joining,โ€ said R. Byron Pipes, executive director of the Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center at Purdue. โ€œSuccessful demonstration of automation in the manufacture of alternate energy systems can enhance their wider use while sustaining the industry in the United States.โ€

Thermwood mourns the loss of representative Don Jones

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 06, 2023

Tags: Announcements

Thermwood Representative Don Jones Has Passed Away.Thermwood Representative, Donald โ€œDonโ€ Jones, 80, of Denton, North Carolina passed away on Monday, August 21, 2023 surrounded by family and friends.

For approximately 40 years, Don represented Thermwood CNC equipment, initially through J & G Machinery, then as the visionary founder and President of Cutting Edge Machinery. His dedication and passion for the industry were evident to all who had the privilege of working alongside him.

Don was born to Lewis and Alice (Proctor) Jones, September 15, 1942 in Guilford County, NC. He graduated from Ledford High School in 1960 and was voted most likely to succeed. Don was married to the love of his life, Gale (Knight) Jones, for 45 years.

Don was known not only for his professional achievements but also for his warmth, wisdom, and delightful sense of humor. His easy-going manner and quick wit endeared him to all who had the privilege of crossing his path.

While we mourn his passing, we find solace in knowing that Don's legacy will continue. His son, Vann, will proudly carry forward the mantle of Cutting Edge Machinery as Advanced Cutting Edge, LLC and Thermwood representation, ensuring that Don's vision and dedication live on.

Don leaves behind a lasting impact on our hearts and in the industry he so passionately served. His memory will be cherished by family, friends, and colleagues.

Thermwood Corporation is grateful for Donโ€™s many years of association and is honored by his longstanding dedication in representing the company.