Thermwood Honors Retiree Denny Palmer For His Years of Service

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Jan 28, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Thanks, Retirement

Thermwood thanked Denny Palmer, Vice President of Sales, with a luncheon today to celebrate his 37 plus years of service with the company. 

Have fun in your next chapter, Denny!

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President David Hildenbrand thanking Denny.

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Congratulations Denny on your retirement!

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Denny with his son Eric, daughter Kate and her husband and family. 

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Denny with (l-r) International Account Manager Mike Iubelt, Account Manager Brent East, Sales Coordinator Twilan Moore, Account Manager Jim Bullis and Demonstration Technician Matt Seger.

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Thermwood employees enjoying a lunch in Denny's honor.

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Thermwood employees enjoying a lunch in Denny's honor.

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Denny with his plaque made by Deer Creek Customs

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Denny and Executive VP Jason Susnjara

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Denny and Account Manager, Jim Bullis

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Denny saying goodbye to Jimmy Glenn

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Denny saying goodbye to Gordon Wright

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Classic Denny Expression!

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21 Reasons Thermwood LSAM Dominates Large Format Additive

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 18, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Thermwood LSAM, Patented, VLP, ALP, HLP, Compression Wheel

Virtually all, if not all, large format, FDM additive systems, sold to industry in the last several years have been Thermwood LSAMs.

Watch the video below to learn 21 reasons why:

 

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Thermwood Receives 32 Additive Manufacturing Patents as an Early Christmas Gift

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Local Motors, Thermwood LSAM, Patented, Boeing, Navair, Al Davis Torch, General Atomics

Thermwood routinely applies for patent protection on additive manufacturing technology it develops for its LSAM large format additive systems. During COVID, we received electronic copies of patents that were granted, however, the official hard copies were withheld.

A couple of days before Christmas 2021, we received a package containing the official hard copy of 32 additive manufacturing patents. This was certainly a one-day record for Thermwood and a welcome sight!

Thermwood Receives 32 Additive Manufacturing Patents

In addition to these latest patents, Thermwood already has a large portfolio of earlier issued patents covering the unique, large format (5x10 foot table and larger) 3D print technology it has developed. This LSAM technology is currently the most widely used large scale additive print technology operating in industry today. It’s used in a wide variety of industries including aerospace, transportation, heavy equipment, foundry and large decorative structures. It is being used to produce a diversity of products including aerospace patterns, molds and tooling, heavy equipment foundry patterns, bus chassis, large valve body foundry patterns and trim tooling. It was even used to print the tallest 3D printed structure in the world, the 92 foot tall Al Davis Memorial Torch at Allegiant stadium in Las Vegas.

Al Davis Memorial Torch Printed on Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood offers this unique patented technology on a wide variety of equipment, the largest, most diverse product offering of its kind available today. It includes a broad selection of machines, including single and dual gantry, fixed and moving table configurations, with both print-only and print-and-trim systems, from 5 by 10 foot to 20 by 60 foot print envelopes. We are working on even larger machines but that’s for another day.LSAM offers the broadest line of large scale additive systems available in the market today

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The primary focus of the patented LSAM technology is to reliably and repeatedly produce the highest quality, best fused, most homogeneous printed structures possible from a variety of reinforced thermoplastic polymer composites including those intended to operate at elevated temperatures. Although it is nice to have been granted these patents, it is even nicer to finally have the official hard copies in hand.

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Thermwood Adds Angle Layer Printing to its LSAM Large Scale Additive Systems

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Nov 30, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Thermwood LSAM, VLP, ALP

Thermwood has added a third print orientation to its LSAM Large Scale Additive Manufacturing systems.

LSAM systems currently can print both horizontal and vertical layers if equipped with the Vertical Layer Print (VLP) option, available on most Thermwood LSAM machines. This new addition adds Angle Layer Printing (ALP) to the VLP option. Angle Layer Printing is the ability to print at a 45 degree angle.

LSAM Angle Layer Printing (ALP) shown

LSAM Angle Layer Printing (ALP) shown


LSAM Regular Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) shown

LSAM Regular Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) shown


LSAM Horizontal Layer Printing (HLP) Shown

LSAM Horizontal Layer Printing (HLP) shown


Maximum Print Flexibility

Each print orientation has advantages and limitations for a particular part design. Offering all three on the same machine, for the first time, means maximum print flexibility. All print orientations use the complete LSAM print head including exclusive LSAM print features such as the patented compression wheel and Thermal Sensor Layer Automation.

This helps maintain an even layer temperature throughout the print.  LSAM automatically adjusts the individual layer temperature to provide for superior layer fusion (as seen below).

Thermal Sensor Layer Automation

LSAM machines are currently operating in regular daily industrial production with many existing systems already equipped with Vertical Layer Print capability. The Vertical Layer Print (VLP) option has been replaced with a VLP/ALP option on new machines which offers both vertical and angle layer print capability, in addition to the standard horizontal layer print.

Angle Layer Print (ALP) can be easily and inexpensively added to machines operating in the field that already have the VLP option.

If a machine was purchased without VLP, the entire new VLP/ALP Print option, can be added to most machines already in operation. It can be done in the field, but is a bit more involved.

Angle Layer Printing Video

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Broad Line of LSAM Systems Available

Thermwood’s LSAM large scale additive systems are the most widely used large scale composite thermoplastic additive equipment in industrial production today. Virtually all, if not all, large scale additive systems installed in the last several years have been Thermwood LSAMs. Processing a variety of reinforced composite polymers from room temperature ABS and PC to high temperature material such as PSU, PESU and PEI, they are used to produce molds and tools for the aerospace industry, patterns for the foundry industry and for a variety of other unique applications.

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LSAM systems are available in sizes from 5x10 foot to 15x60 foot in a variety of configurations including print only and full print and trim, making it the broadest product offering in the large scale additive arena. Print heads are available that can print thermoplastic composite material at rates from 200 pounds per hour to over 500 pounds per hour.

They have a variety of exclusive features including a temperature controlled compression wheel and automatic thermal layer speed control, both of which help assure the best possible fusion between printed layers.

With the addition of Angle Layer Print, these systems have become even more capable and more flexible.

Finished LSAM Angle Layer Print (rear view)

Finished LSAM Angle Layer Print (rear view)

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Finished LSAM Angle Layer Print (front view)

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Take a Tour of the Thermwood Model 90

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Oct 06, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Model 90, Tour

The Model 90 is a heavy-duty, high-speed five-axis CNC router specifically developed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining, and is available in single or dual moving aluminum tables with a fixed gantry.  This robust system offers a variety of options and features to tackle a multitude of different applications.

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THERMWOOD LSAM Additive Printer 510 will be LIVE Printing High Temp Autoclave Aerospace Tooling at CAMX 2021!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Oct 01, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Trade Shows, Large Scale, Thermwood LSAM, SABIC, LSAM Additive Printers, Airtech, High Temperature, Techmer PM, CAMX

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THERMWOOD LSAM Additive Printer 510 will be LIVE Printing High Temp Autoclave Aerospace Tooling at CAMX 2021!

Thermwood will be printing high temp autoclave aerospace tooling on an LSAM Additive Printer 510 LIVE at CAMX 2021 in Dallas, TX, October 19th-21st in Booth #M44B.  LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue ADDITIVE3D simulation software will be on display as well in adjacent Booth #M44, with Purdue representatives on site for demonstrations.  We will be printing a different material each day, donated by AIRTECH, SABIC AND TECHMER PM.  This promises to be an exciting demonstration of the LSAM Additive Printer Large Scale Additive System! 

THERMWOOD LSAM Additive Printer 510 will be LIVE Printing High Temp Autoclave Aerospace Tooling at Rapid + TCT 2021

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Free CAMX 2021 Exhibit Pass & 15% off Conference Registration Fee

Click the link below to Be Our Guest and register for a Free CAMX Exhibit pass and 15% off the Conference Registration Fee.

Free Exhibit Hall Pass Code: FREEEX021

15% off Full Conference Registration Code: FREEFULL21

CAMX 2021 Thermwood Free Exhibit Hall Pass Link

Make plans now to visit the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center and stop by Thermwood Booth #M44B to witness this live and in-person!


Thermwood LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University

LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue ADDITIVE3D Software on Display

Representatives from the recently announced Thermwood Research Laboratory at Purdue University (located in Purdue University's Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center - CSMC) will also be on hand to demonstrate their ADDITVE3D simulation software.

Additive3D Software from LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University


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AIRTECH High Temp Material - Tuesday, October 19th

On Tuesday, October 19th, we will be printing AIRTECH PEI DALTRAM I-350CF


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SABIC High Temp Material - Wednesday, October 20th

On Wednesday, October 20th we will be printing SABIC LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ AM EC004XXAR1 ULTEM compound.


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TECHMER PM High Temp Material - Thursday, October 21st

On Thursday, October 21st, we will be printing TECHMERPM PESU 1810 3DP.


 

Are Voids and Porosity a Problem in Large 3D Printed Parts?

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, LSAM, Voids, Porosity

Experts say so at industry seminars, however, major aerospace companies 3D print molds every day that don’t have void or porosity problems. How can this be?

Watch the 8 minute video below and learn the simple answer.

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Thermwood Sponsors Racer in SCCA Runoffs

Posted by Duane Marrett on Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Race Car, Sponsor, SCCA

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Thermwood Sponsors Racer in SCCA Runoffs

Dale, Indiana based Thermwood Corporation will enter into an LSAM/Thermwood sponsorship arrangement with Columbus, Ohio based Alliance Autosport for one of Thermwood’s own employees. The employee will be racing in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) “Runoffs” at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the last week of September and into October.

The Runoffs is the SCCA’s annual winner-take-all national championship. The competition brings together the best qualified amateur racers from all over the US and Canada to compete across 26 different race car classes for the 58th consecutive year.

The young driver, Gabe Fehribach, is a member of Thermwood’s engineering team. Gabe fulfilled his Runoffs qualification requirements earlier this year after racing at such storied venues as VIRginia International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and Watkins Glen International, among others.

Thermwood Sponsors Racer in SCCA Runoffs

Following three days of qualifying beginning September 28th, Gabe will compete with his winged, open-wheel SCCA Enterprises Formula Enterprises 2 race car the morning of Friday, October 1st against 28 other drivers all running the same spec chassis, Sunoco fuel, Hoosier tires, and Mazda power unit.

Tickets for the three days of racing beginning October 1st can be purchased through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway website.

For more information on Thermwood, the SCCA Runoffs, Alliance Autosport, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, visit these websites:

http://www.thermwood.com
http://www.scca.com/runoffs
http://www.allianceautosport.com
http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Thermwood Sponsors Racer in SCCA Runoffs


 

THERMWOOD LSAM Additive Printer 510 will be LIVE Printing High Temp Autoclave Aerospace Tooling at Rapid + TCT 2021

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Sep 02, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Trade Shows, Large Scale, Thermwood LSAM, SABIC, LSAM Additive Printers, RAPID + TCT, Airtech, High Temperature, Techmer PM

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THERMWOOD LSAM Additive Printer 510 will be LIVE Printing High Temp Autoclave Aerospace Tooling at Rapid + TCT 2021

Live Printing

Thermwood will be printing high temp autoclave aerospace tooling on an LSAM Additive Printer 510 LIVE at RAPID + TCT 2021 in Chicago, IL September 13th-15th.  LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue ADDITIVE3D Software will be on display as well, with Purdue representatives on site for demonstrations.  We will be printing a different material each day, donated by SABIC, TECHMER PM and AIRTECH.  This promises to be an exciting demonstration of the LSAM Additive Printer Large Scale Additive System. 

Free Rapid + TCT Expo Pass & $100 off Conference Registration Fee

Click the link below to Be Our Guest and register for a Free Rapid + TCT Expo pass and $100 off the Conference Registration Fee.

Use Promo Code: 10016220

Free Rapid + TCT Expo Pass & $100 off Conference Registration Fee

Make plans now to visit the McCormick Center and stop by Thermwood booth #E7628 to witness this live and in-person!


Thermwood LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University

LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue ADDITIVE3D Software on Display

Representatives from the recently announced Thermwood Research Laboratory at Purdue University (located in Purdue University's Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center - CSMC) will also be on hand to demonstrate their ADDITVE3D simulation software.

Additive3D Software from LSAM Research Laboratory at Purdue University


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SABIC High Temp Material - September 13th

On Monday, September 13th we will be printing SABIC LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ AM EC004XXAR1 ULTEM compound.


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TECHMER PM High Temp Material - Tuesday, September 14th

On Tuesday, September 14th, we will be printing TECHMERPM PESU 1810 3DP.


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AIRTECH High Temp Material - Wednesday, September 15th

On Wednesday, September 15th, we will be printing AIRTECH PEI DALTRAM I-350CF


 

Large Scale Additive Manufacturing Book Published

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Aug 19, 2021

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Large Scale, Thermwood LSAM, Boeing, Book, Additive Manufacturing Guide

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A Manager's Guide to Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

A Manager's Guide to Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

This 315 page book, currently available as either an eBook or paperback hardcopy, is intended to help non-technical managers understand the basics behind a new technology that is revolutionizing production of large composite molds, tools and other industrial and commercial products.

Where to Purchase

This book is currently available from Amazon either as an electronic file or as a printed hardcopy.

PURCHASE ON AMAZON

 

 

Who This Book is For

If you are a manager in an industrial company who might benefit from large scale additive technology, or, if your company is actively exploring this technology, this book will give you the background you need to participate and make better decisions. It will also help you cut through the confusion and crosstalk that often accompanies a new technology like this.

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Industrial additive manufacturing is currently being used successfully every day to produce some of the largest composite parts ever made. These include large aerospace molds and tools, foundry patterns for various industries, chassis for electric busses and what is likely the tallest 3D printed structure ever made. Although the process results in substantial savings and dramatically reduces lead time, much of industry today still doesn’t understand or trust it.

In this book, the author, who was instrumental in developing the technology actually being used in industry today, explains in everyday, no nonsense language what it is, how it works, what actually works, what doesn’t and why. He provides a guide for non-technical managers to help them understand the basics so they can evaluate how this new technology might impact their company.

He explores all aspects of this process in clear, easy to understand language including the print process, polymers, software, trimming, cost savings, time savings, computer simulation and the practical, real world, aspects of getting into large scale additive. He includes sometimes humorous vignettes about surprises, missteps and stumbles during initial technology development and how they were handled.

About the Author

Author Ken SusnjaraThe author, Ken Susnjara, is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Thermwood Corporation, the leading supplier of large scale additive systems for the production of thermoplastic composites. With almost 100 patents to his name, he was instrumental in the development of the underlying technology behind the most successful large scale additive systems today.