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Thermwood invites you to join us at IWF 2022 with 60% off Advanced Registration

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Aug 08, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Trade Shows, Model 45, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, IWF, Discount, AutoProcessor 43, 2022

Thermwood invites you to join us at IWF 2022 with 60% off Advanced Registration

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 to Register for IWF with 60% off Advanced Registration courtesy of Thermwood, and plan to stop by our booth #B6213 to see our superior technology in action!

For IWF 2022, Thermwood Corporation, an innovator in the design and manufacture of American Made 3 and 5 Axis CNC Routers, is proud to demonstrate three systems. We’ll have our all new AutoProcessor 43 510, our powerful Cut Ready Cut Center and our heavy-duty Model 45 510 machining on site.

AutoProcessor 43

Thermwood AutoProcessor 43 will be at IWF 2022

The AutoProcessor 43 5'x10' is an all-new complete, nested-based, CNC routing system for machining cabinet boxes, custom furniture and basically any nested type of sheet product.

It is fully automatic from labeling and positioning of the sheets, to machining and off-loading the machined parts.



With each cycle, the machine simultaneously and automatically:

  1. Labels each part area on the sheet
  2. Moves and automatically positions the sheet on the table
  3. Machines the material while labeling the next sheet
  4. Simultaneously off-loads the finished parts and reloads the next sheet
  5. Continuously repeats the process

AutoProcessor 43


 

Cut Ready Cut CenterCut Ready Cut Center

Thermwood will also be demonstrating the award-winning Cut Ready Cut Center. This powerful system helps you quickly and easily create most products a cabinet shop would want to make without a CNC programmer (cabinets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings, stair stringers and much more). Just tell it what you want to make via a simple touch-screen interface, and it makes it. Or, you can operate it as a traditional CNC router.  

Most people can operate it with little or no training or guidance. It is complete, fully contained with all the ancillary equipment smoothly integrated into a package that almost runs itself.  

Super Easy CNC - Make Cabinets, Closets, Doors and Much More!jody_video_thumbnail_easy_cnc_8_8_22If you build custom cabinets, and want to automate your machining...you really only have two choices. You can do it the easy way…or the hard way.

Designed and engineered in America, the Cut Ready Cut Center is made to simplify and automate your production.

It allows you to remain a cabinet shop, focused on making custom cabinets, instead of a software company, worried about learning difficult and expensive software. 

The Cut Center takes care of both the big and small details so you don't have to!

Making product on the Cut Center requires neither a CNC programmer nor a trained machine operator.   Pretty much anyone can run a Cut Center, and make anything a cabinet shop might need (cabinets, closets, doors, moldings, stair stringers, furniture...and much more)!

Cut Center Info Request


Model 45 

Thermwood Model 45 CNC Router

We will also be machining solid wood and aluminum and plywood sheet stock on the 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.

Thermwood Model 45 Machining an aluminum sign 


Check us out in Booth #B6213

Thermwood machines just work!

We'll be demonstrating live on all three machines during the show, as well as operating an eCabinet Systems kiosk.  Our eCabinet Systems expert will be designing nested-based applications on the fly to send to be machined.  In addition to our Cut Center live demonstrations, we will also have two Cut Ready kiosks, where you can explore the software and see just how easy it is to design most things a cabinet shop would want to make. 

Please visit our booth (#B6213) and speak to a Thermwood representative to learn more about these powerful and affordable additions to any shop!

Thermwood to Demonstrate the All New AutoProcessor 43 510, the Powerful Cut Ready Cut Center and the Heavy Duty Model 45 510 at IWF 2022

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jul 20, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Trade Shows, Model 45, Cut Ready, Cut Center, Video, IWF, AutoProcessor 43, 2022

Thermwood Booth #B6213

For IWF 2022, Thermwood Corporation, an innovator in the design and manufacture of American Made 3 and 5 Axis CNC Routers, is proud to demonstrate three systems. We’ll have our all new AutoProcessor 43 510, our powerful Cut Ready Cut Center and our heavy-duty Model 45 510 machining on site.

AutoProcessor 43

Thermwood AutoProcessor 43 will be at IWF 2022

The AutoProcessor 43 5'x10' is an all-new complete, nested-based, CNC routing system for machining cabinet boxes, custom furniture and basically any nested type of sheet product.

It is fully automatic from labeling and positioning of the sheets, to machining and off-loading the machined parts.



With each cycle, the machine simultaneously and automatically:

  1. Labels each part area on the sheet
  2. Moves and automatically positions the sheet on the table
  3. Machines the material while labeling the next sheet
  4. Simultaneously off-loads the finished parts and reloads the next sheet
  5. Continuously repeats the process

AutoProcessor 43


 

Cut Ready Cut CenterCut Ready Cut Center

Thermwood will also be demonstrating the award-winning Cut Ready Cut Center. This powerful system helps you quickly and easily create most products a cabinet shop would want to make without a CNC programmer (cabinets, furniture, doors, drawers, moldings, stair stringers and much more). Just tell it what you want to make via a simple touch-screen interface, and it makes it. Or, you can operate it as a traditional CNC router.  

Most people can operate it with little or no training or guidance. It is complete, fully contained with all the ancillary equipment smoothly integrated into a package that almost runs itself.  

What are the Differences Between a Cut Center and a CNC Router?What are the differences between a Cut Center and a CNC Router?

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

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.

Cut Center Info Request


Model 45 

Thermwood Model 45 CNC Router

We will also be machining solid wood and aluminum and plywood sheet stock on the 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.

Thermwood Model 45 Machining an aluminum sign 


Check us out in Booth #B6213

Thermwood machines just work!

We'll be demonstrating live on all three machines during the show, as well as operating an eCabinet Systems kiosk.  Our eCabinet Systems expert will be designing nested-based applications on the fly to send to be machined.  In addition to our Cut Center live demonstrations, we will also have two Cut Ready kiosks, where you can explore the software and see just how easy it is to design most things a cabinet shop would want to make. 

Please visit our booth (#B6213) and speak to a Thermwood representative to learn more about these powerful and affordable additions to any shop!

Thermwood 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jun 16, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Scholarship, 2022

Thermwood is proud to announce that we will be awarding four scholarships to dependents of associates for the Class of 2022. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship. 

Since the introduction of these renewable scholarships, Thermwood has awarded over $200,000 to students wishing to further their education. 


Olivia Lopez

Olivia Lopez is the daughter of Daniel and Tena Lopez of Holland, IN.  She is a graduate of Southridge High School.

She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Freshman Mentor Program, Christian Motorcyclists Association, and tennis team. She is also passionate about creative writing.

Olivia plans to major in Forensic Science at Maryville University in the fall.  

 

 


Emma Haefling

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

During high school Emma was part of the Beta Club, Student Council, HH Riley’s Dance Marathon, and Volleyball team. She has been awarded the Top 10% of Class, the Captains & Patriot award for Volleyball, Science Fair awards, and Behavioral Science for 2022 Science Bowl.

She plans to major in Biology (Genetics) at Ball State University this fall.


Andrew MeeceAndrew Meece is the son of Natalie and Jeff Meece of Huntingburg, IN. He is a graduate of Southridge High School.

He has been a member of the Raider Band and Choir during high school. He is also an active member of the Zoar Methodist Church.

Andrew plans to attend Asbury University to major in Biblical Theology.

 

 

 

 



Emma TretterEmma Tretter is the daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Vonderheide of Jasper, IN. She is a graduate of Northeast Dubois Jr/Sr High School.

She plans to major in Design Technology at Ivy Tech Community College Evansville in the fall.

 

 

 



Thermwood would like to congratulate all seniors of the Class of 2022 and wish them the very best in their future studies and endeavors! 

Large Composite Stretch Form Tool Advances Additive Manufacturing Technology

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jun 15, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, tooling, LSAM, Thermwood LSAM, LSAM 1020, Spirit Aerosystems, Additive tooling

THE DETAILS: 

It was determined that carbon fiber filled polycarbonate would provide sufficient strength to withstand the significant forces used in the stretch form process, however unlike traditional lubrication methods, Techmer PM blended a new polycarbonate formulation that contained an internal lubricant in addition to the carbon fiber, eliminating the need for any additional lubrication.

THE PROCESS: 

The tool was printed on Thermwood’s LSAM 1020 dual gantry print and trim system. While this machine is equipped with Vertical Layer Printing and could have printed the tool in one piece, because it requires that you to wait for each printed layer to cool enough before adding the next layer, it would have required 58 hours of continuous print time to produce a one-piece tool. Instead they decided to print the part in four sections, two at a time for a total print time of 29 hour and 20 minutes, cutting the print time in half. Printing required 3,613 pounds of material.

The Four Parts Printed

The Four Parts Printed

The four parts then needed to be machined and assembled.

Layout of the assembly

Layout of the Assembly

All surfaces of the parts except for the front working surface were then machined in place.

Initial Machining

Initial machining.  The holes in the center of each side are for center-of-gravity brackets used for part handling during assembly.

The mating faces were then machined flat except for slightly raised bosses which insured proper gapping for the adhesive. Adhesive is only one part of a multi part approach used to permanently and securely attach the parts to each other. These are all highly accurate, precision surfaces.

Flat Face has raised bosses to provide proper adhesive gap.

Flat Face has raised bosses to provide proper adhesive gap

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

Draw bolt holes and slots were machined into the back of the tool which allow the parts to be bolted together in addition to the adhesive.

Machined area for draw bolts

Machined area for draw bolts

In addition to adhesive and draw bolts, alignment holes and countersink holes were machined into the center sections of the tool.

Alignment and countersink holes

The 6-inch long alignment pins for these holes are machined with adhesive channels providing not only alignment between parts but also another level of permanent attachment.

Heavy duty alignment pins offer another attachment layer

Heavy duty alignment pins offer another attachment layer

The next level of attachment uses brackets positioned inside the structure near the front surface, which are attached to each other using tensioned aircraft steel cables, securely holding the front surface of the four parts together.

Brackets with temporary straps which were replaced by tensioned steel cables

Brackets with temporary straps which were replaced by tensioned steel cables

The parts were then final assembled using another unique approach. Each part is relatively heavy and because of relatively short open time for the adhesive, there is a limited amount of time available during assembly to apply the adhesive and mate the parts securely together. The parts need to be pushed together while aligned, literally within a few thousandths of an inch and need to be mated absolutely even and square. This turned out to be fairly easy using the Vertical Layer Print table mechanism installed on the LSAM machine.

The parts were carefully hand fitted together. Then, one part was attached to the machine table and the other to the mechanism that moves the vertical table. The vertical table drive then moved the parts apart about 20 inches, adhesive was applied and the vertical table mechanism pushed the parts back together again, square and perfectly aligned.

Adhesive being applied to separated pieces.

Adhesive being applied to separated pieces

Draw bolts and cables were permanently attached and after the adhesive fully cured, the completed tool front surface was machined to final dimensions using the LSAM trim head. When Spirit AeroSystems measured the final working surface it was within +/- 0.005”, well within their requirements. Total of all machining including the final working surface was 118 hours and 58 minutes.

THE RESULTS:

Front surface measured to within +/- 0.005”

Front surface measured to within +/- 0.005"

Spirit AeroSystems then stretched 10 skin panels of 0.050” thick 2024 T3 aluminum to 5% elongation. The press controller showed that each jaw gripping the aluminum sheet had ~100 tons of load on it, so ~200 tons in total. Everything was kept under the same conditions as if running a production part and although the printed tool was considerably lighter in weight than their traditional tools, it appeared to perform in a similar manner.

Skin panel being stretched

Skin panel being stretched

THE BOTTOM LINE:

This is a first step. There are additional tests to be performed and more data to be collected, but it does appear that large 3D printed composite stretch form tools can be produced using currently available material and current equipment, saving considerable time and money and opening yet another application for this exciting new technology.

ABOUT SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS:

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets.  Also, Spirit serves the aftermarket for commercial and business regional jets.

ABOUT THERMWOOD:

Thermwood is a US based, multinational, diversified machinery manufacturer that has become the technology lead in large scale additive manufacturing of thermoplastic composite molds, tooling, patterns and parts with its line of LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) systems that both 3D print and trim on the same machine.  

LSAM Info Request

Thermwood CNC Routers and Tooling Recommendations for the Plastics Industry

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Jun 09, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, tooling, Model 43, Model 90, Model 67, Model 70, Model 77, Model 45, Recommendations

Thermwood 3 Axis CNC routers handle plastic sheet processing, billets and panel processing (Model 43 and Model 45). Our 5 Axis CNC routers handle trimming of thermoformed parts, molds and composite machining (Model 67 and Model 90). We also offer the Model 70 and Model 77, which are primarily used for large scale plastic work.

Our machines can work with a wide variety of materials including Starboard, PCV, HDPE, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PETE, LDPE, PP, PS (Styrofoam), Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Nylon and more.

Some of the basic tooling we use and recommend:

  • For Trimming Operations/Sheet Operations - Single O Flute Up-spiral is used for chip evacuation.
  • For Finishing – 2 or 3 Flute Slow Helix Up-spiral is used.
  • For Composites, we recommend solid PCD or diamond-coated tooling.
  • For Fiberglass Trimming, we recommend using a burr style bit for best results.

For more information, visit www.thermwood.com or give us a call at 1-812-937-4476. Our CNC experts will evaluate your production needs to help determine how you can reduce costs and increase efficiency. We also offer free live demonstrations of our equipment and software using your application and product details. This can help identify inefficiencies and areas of your current process that our machines could help improve.

Thermwood Model 45 Trimming Plastic Sheet (HDPE)

Model 45 Trimming Machining a Plastic Sheet of HDPE

 

 

Ready for Day 1 of Rapid + TCT 2022 in Detroit!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 17, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Thermwood LSAM, LSAM Additive Printers, RAPID + TCT

The calm before the storm! LSAM Product Manager, Scott Vaal in front of the LSAM AP510 at the Rapid + TCT 2022 #Thermwood booth 2213. The show starts in less than 1 hour - come see us printing Techmer PETG LIVE!

Ready for Day 1 of Rapid + TCT 2022 in Detroit!

ABOUT THE LSAM ADDITIVE PRINTER

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Thermwood Corporation, manufacturer of some of the largest composite thermoplastic additive manufacturing systems operating in industry today, has announced the availability of a new line of lower cost “print only” LSAM systems, called LSAM Additive Printers.

Thermwood’s current LSAM line of large scale, dual gantry, “print and trim”, near-net-shape additive manufacturing systems use an advanced print technology that produces high quality, fully fused products from a wide variety of reinforced composite thermoplastic polymers, including materials that process at high temperature like PSU, PESU, and PEI.

These systems are being used primarily to produce molds and tooling, most for aerospace and industrial production applications.

SMALL BUT POWERFUL

NEW 30MM PRINT HEAD

To accommodate the request for a lower cost system, Thermwood refined and updated the gantry structure of its highly successful 5 axis CNC routers.  This machine was re-engineered to use the incredibly strong “slot and tab” structural steel approach used on flagship LSAM machines. The same table, base structure and servo drives used on their five axis CNC routers could be used pretty much as is. With these changes the “LSAM Additive Printer” was born.

Although smaller than the flagship systems, it is capable of producing large parts at temperatures up to 450° C, with overall size limited primarily by the table size and working envelope. 

Available Sizes

The new LSAM Additive Printers are all fixed gantry, moving table designs with table sizes of 5’x5’ and 5’x10’ and are capable of printing parts up to 4’ high.  The 5’x10’ machines are available in two styles, 5’ wide with 10’ of front to back motion or 10’ wide with 5’ of front to back motion. Maximum table print weight is 1,000 pounds, however, the 10’ wide 5’ deep machine is available with a dual servo drive which doubles the weight carrying capability. It is planned to equip the 5’ wide 10’ deep version with a Vertical Layer Printing option which will allow it to vertically print parts up to ten feet tall.

Trimming Printed Parts

For trimming printed parts, Thermwood recommends our new LSAM Additive Trimmer, which is available in the same table sizes as these new LSAM Additive Printers.  It is available with up to 5’ of vertical travel, allowing it to trim completely around and over the top of the largest part the LSAM Additive Printer can print. As an added benefit, with both an LSAM Additive Printer and an LSAM Additive Trimmer, you can print and trim at the same time.

Although having a new LSAM Additive Printer plus an LSAM Additive Trimmer requires purchasing two machines, the combined cost of both is just over a third of the cost of an LSAM 1020 (which is currently the smallest flagship LSAM system that can both print and trim at the same time). The LSAM 1020 does have a much larger table, faster print head and the ability to do vertical layer printing up to 20 feet long, however, if you don’t need those capabilities, the new LSAM Additive Printers may be an answer. If you already have trim capability, the cost can be even lower.

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Same Powerful Features

The same powerful, feature rich LSAM control used on the large flagship LSAM systems, along with all its unique patented additive print features is standard on the new LSAM Additive Printers. A system for drying and conveying pelletized polymer material is also included as is a liquid chilling system to maintain temperature control on vital systems. This is especially important when processing high temperature materials.

Optional Enclosure

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

LSAM Additive Printer (10'x5') table with optional enclosure

Optional Dual Hopper Dryer

The machine comes standard with a single hopper material dryer, however, an optional dual hopper dryer is also available for applications that change materials often.

Thermal Sensor Layer Automation System

Thermwood’s new Thermal Sensor Layer Automation System is also available on the LSAM Additive Printers. This is an exciting new system that automates the print process to easily and automatically obtain the highest quality layer to layer fusion.

Thermal Sensor Layer Automation System

With this system, a servo controlled thermal sensor, which travels with and rotates around the print nozzle, measures the temperature of the bead an instant before a new bead is added. This data is sent to the control which automatically adjusts print speed to print at the precise temperature that results in the best bead fusion for that particular polymer. Thermwood’s

LSAM print technology already produces the best quality, strongest large scale additive parts and this system not only makes it better but also easier.

Same Powerful Print 3D Slicing Software

The same Thermwood LSAM Print 3D slicing software used on all the other LSAM systems is used to program LSAM Additive Printers. Several levels of software training are available.

The Bottom Line

This new LSAM Additive Printer is intended to introduce LSAM additive technology to a whole new level of application and customer. It targets companies that want to print top quality, large composite thermoplastic parts, but don’t really need, nor can they cost-justify, the really large LSAM systems. These new systems also target companies who already have sufficient trimming capability and may only need a quality print function. Applications include industrial fixtures, molds (including high temperature molds), tooling, foundry patterns, and hundreds, if not thousands of similar applications.

With the addition of the LSAM Additive Printers, Thermwood now offers the largest selection of large scale additive manufacturing systems for thermoplastic composite materials in the industry with models available for just about every application and budget.

LSAM Broad Line of Additive Manufacturing Systems

LSAM Info Request

2022 Thermwood Dealer Conference and Awards Dinner

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, May 11, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Dealer Conference, CNC Automation, AAI, Rind Routing, Process & Production Equipment, 2022

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We recently held our 2022 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.

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!

Huge Pork Chop during Thermwood 2019 Dealer Awards Dinner
Yum!  Huge pork chop at the Thermwood Dealer Awards Dinner


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Thermwood Dealers and Personnel enjoying the awards ceremony


Top Sales Awards for 2021 

For 2021, our top dealership was Automation Associates, Inc.  Second and third places went to CNC Automation and Process & Production Equipment.  The award for top International Sales went to Rind Routing out of South Africa.  Congratulations, guys!

First Place - 2021 Sales

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


 Second Place - 2021 Sales

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Pictured above are: (l-r) Mike Iubelt (International Account Manager for Thermwood - accepting the award for CNC Automation) and Jason Susnjara (Executive VP for Thermwood).


 Third Place - 2021 Sales

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Pictured above (l-r) are: Kevin Varwig (Process & Production Equipment) and Jason Susnjara (Executive VP for Thermwood).


 Top International Dealer - 2021 Sales

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Pictured above are: (l-r) Mike Iubelt (International Account Manager for Thermwood - accepting the award for Rayno Von Schlicht (Rind Routing Services - South Africa) and Jason Susnjara (Executive VP for Thermwood).

 LSAM Research Lab at Purdue Enables CERN Particle Collider Upgrade Prototyping

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Apr 12, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Purdue, Thermwood LSAM, Thermwood LSAM Research Laboratory

Purdue CMSC, in collaboration with Purdue Silicon Detector Laboratory (PSDL), is designing, prototyping, testing, and fabricating composite support structures for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) CMS and ATLAS experiments. This is part of the particle collider’s High Luminosity upgrade, with installation of final components in 2026-27. The Thermwood LSAM 105 Additive Printer and five-axis LSAM Trim router at the Purdue LSAM Research Laboratory have enabled rapid large-scale printing and machining of trimming fixtures for the high precision composite tube structures. The 1m long, 208mm radius trimming fixture was printed on the LSAM with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) reinforced with 20% by weight of carbon fiber.

Thermwood LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University

This 914mm long prototype of the CMS upgrade inner tracker support tube will allow project partners at national labs, universities around the world, and CERN to begin installation tests of their structural and detection components. Individual components installed into this support tube are expected to be positioned within +/- 0.5mm or less, so accurate machining of interface features is critical. This kind of precision at large scale is made possible, economical, and convenient with the aid of systems like LSAM.

Printing Details

Printing Details

Since critical surfaces would be machined later, and to increase production speed for the prismatic geometry, the tool was split into two vertically-printed segments. The halves were bonded with adhesive and dowel pins for joint strength and stability.

Printing Details - closer look

Machining Details

The faces that would become the trimming fixture base were machined to the flatness required for fixturing later. The printed, bonded fixture was then mounted on pedestals in the LSAM Additive Trimmer and the surface was machined to fit the nominal inner surface shape of the composites half-cylinders to be trimmed. Edge finding and reference features were machined into the trimming fixture to allow proper centering of the cured composite part.

Printing detail - closeup

Using this printed and machined fixture, the composite part edges were trimmed, interface holes drilled, mating surfaces machined flat and a scarf joint for joining the two half cylinders was created. The precision trimmed composite halves were then able to be bonded together.

Machining on the LSAM Trim

LSAM Trim Machining - closeup

Final Result

The final tube, 3.2m long, has to support 140kg of mass while only allowing sub millimeter deflections to occur. Purdue CMSC and PSDL will also be designing, fabricating, or testing other composite support structures for the CERN LHC upgrade as small as 0.5mm sheet goods and as large as 2.4m x 5m sandwich panel tubes. It is planned for the LSAM system to be utilized to create tooling and some final components for these other structures.

Finished result! 

About CMSC

The Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center (CMSC) of the College of Engineering and the Purdue Polytechnic are located in over 30,000 square feet of the Indiana Manufacturing Institute building. CMSC consists of faculty experts in composites manufacturing, a professional staff of doctoral degree engineers, a support staff and research students in doctoral, masters and bachelor’s degree programs of the Schools Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering, as well as, the Department of Aviation Technology in the Polytechnic.

LSAM RESEARCH LAB AT PURDUE UNIVERSITY CMSC

A comprehensive set of laboratories is available at the IMI for the study of composites manufacturing processes, characterization of composite materials, and the validation of simulation software essential to development and verification of the digital twin concepts in composite manufacture and performance. Focus specialties include extrusion deposition additive manufacturing, composites autoclave processing of continuous fiber systems, compression and injection molding of discontinuous fiber composites, prepreg impregnation, infusion molding, sheet forming, complex mold-forming and hybrid continuous/discontinuous fiber systems. Workflow simulations are being developed to provide for end-to-end digital twins of these manufacturing processes. Accordingly, manufacturing informed performance predictions are a direct outcome of these workflow analyses.

About Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood Corporate HeadquartersThermwood 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.

 

Meet the All New AutoProcessor 43

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Mar 09, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, New, 3 Axis, Announcements, cabinets, nested based, Furniture, AutoProcessor, AutoProcessor 43

Thermwood's AutoProcessor 43 Machining Center is an all-new complete, nested-based, CNC routing system for machining cabinet boxes, custom furniture and basically any nested type of sheet product.

Thermwood AutoProcessor 43

 

HubSpot Video

AutoProcessor 43

The AutoProcessor 43 is fully automatic from labeling and positioning of the sheets, to machining and off-loading the machined parts.

With each cycle, the machine simultaneously and automatically:

  1. Labels each part area on the sheet
  2. Moves and automatically positions the sheet on the table
  3. Machines the material while labeling the next sheet
  4. Simultaneously off-loads the finished parts and reloads the next sheet
  5. Continuously repeats the process

Standard Features

The AutoProcessor 43 is loaded with Standard Features and Optionsap_43_composite_2022.fw

  • 5'x10' (1.5m x 3.0m) Fixed Table
  • Moving Gantry
  • 10 Position Automatic Rotary Tool Change System
  • 12 HP (9kw) ISO Electro Spindle
  • High-Flow Vacuum Table
  • Automatic 6000 LB Lift Table for Loading
  • Simultaneous Automatic Labeling System
  • Automatic Dust Extraction During the Unload Raking Process
  • Automatic Pop Up Pins
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Automatic Lubrication System
  • Automatic Sheet Load/Unload System
  • Automatic Sheet Positioning System
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • 3D Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • SuperControl
  • Control Nesting
  • 5 Spindle Drill Bank (Optional)
  • Unload Sorting Table (Optional)
  • Touch Screen Control (Optional)
  • Made in America

Well Equipped with Features/Options

12 HP Spindle

12 HP (9KW) SPINDLE

A direct driven spindle with a speed range up to 24,000 RPM.  the High Frequency Spindle is cooled with an electric fan for quieter running and contains ceramic bearings for longer life and for less maintenance.  The 12 HP (9kw) spindle provides the user with a heavy duty, precision spindle for high performance and reliability.  Standard

 

 

 

10 Position Rotary Automatic Tool Changer

ROTARY AUTOMATIC TOOL CHANGER

10 Position Rotary Automatic Tool Changer Includes (10) ISO-30 Tool Holders and collets.  Max tool size is 2" (50mm) in diameter and 3.25" (83mm) in length.  Standard (optional HSK63F)

 

 

AUTOMATIC CNC LABELER SYSTEM

AUTOMATIC CNC LABELER SYSTEM

The Automatic CNC Labeler System labels the sheet before the machining operation.  The labels assist with sorting and assembling finished parts.  Optional

 

 

Automatic Load/Unload System

AUTOMATIC LOAD/UNLOAD SYSTEM

Automatically loads sheets up to 60" x 120" (1.5m x 3.0m) to assist operator with unloading the machine and automatically position the sheet.  Each individual sheet is elevated and positioned by a series of programmable vacuum cups.  A steel rake is mounted in front of the router motor and travels with the machine gantry allowing parts to be removed off the front of the table.  Dust extraction/table sweep occurs during the rake process.  Standard

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FIVE SPINDLE DRILL BANK

The drill unit is a vertical boring head with five vertical spindles.  The spindles are on 32mm centers.  The drill unit can be independent.  Optional

 

Vaccum Pump

VACUUM PUMP

Universal Vacuum System is a unique method for holding panels to the table top for machining.  A sheet of MDF is used as a work surface on the top of the table.  The high flow pump vacuums through the work surface, holding the part to the table.  Pumps are available in different sizes.  Optional

About Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood Corporate HeadquartersThermwood 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.

Thermwood Announces Promotions

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Feb 01, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Employees, Promotions

Thermwood, who has been producing CNC routers for over 52 years has announced several promotions for long-time employees.  Please join us in congratulating these gentlemen and welcoming them to their new positions!  

Thermwood Promotes Jim Bullis to Vice President of Sales

Jim Bullis - Vice President of Sales

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jim Bullis to the Vice President of Sales position. In his new role, Jim will oversee the sales and operations of the Machining Products Division at Thermwood. 

Jim is a long-standing employee with over 26 years of experience at Thermwood. He has held numerous positions, initially starting as a Field Service Technician to Trade Show Manager and over the last 19 years as an Account Manager.

Jim resides in Southern Indiana with his wife, Jessy and children.

 

Thermwood Promotes Brendan Haas to Account Manager

Brendan Haas - Account Manager

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Brendan Haas to an Account Manager position within the Machining Products Division. In his new role, he will be responsible for sales and dealer relationships over his designated areas, which is approximately half of the US.

Brendan initially started at Thermwood as a Field Service Technician, and over the last three years, as an Upgrade Specialist in the Retrofit Department for Technical Services.

Brendan and his wife, Kateland reside in Holland, IN. 

 

Thermwood Promotes Pete Riddle to Upgrade Services Specialist

Pete Riddle - Upgrade Services Specialist

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Pete Riddle to Upgrade Service Specialist in the Retrofit Department. In his new role, Pete will be responsible for sales of upgrades, retrofits, refurbished machines and the Advanced Support Program.

Pete is a long-standing employee with approximately 21 years of experience at Thermwood. He has held numerous positions, initially as a Field Service Technician and then as Programming Support and for the last 11 years as Training Instructor.

Pete and his wife, Susan reside in southern Indiana.


About Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood Corporate HeadquartersThermwood 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.