Thermwood 5 axis CNC for trimming, patterns, molds, aerospace, composites and more

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Tags: Thermwood, Composites, aluminum, Woodworking, 5 Axis, aerospace, molds, patterns, plastic trimming, 5 axis plastics, defense

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Five Axis Series are designed for trimming formed parts, patterns or molds using five-axis simultaneous motions.  

Whether you are interested in a moving table for high-speed plastic trimming, a fixed table for large aerospace/aviation applications or a machine for other applications ranging from patterns and molds/plugs to trimming & machining production products for various industries such as composites using large/heavy fixtures, aluminum and non-ferrous metalswoodworking, automotive, or the defense industries, we have a solution for you.

Multi-Purpose 67

The Multi-Purpose 67 is a versatile five axis CNC router available with a variety of either single or dual moving aluminum table sizes.

Thermwood Model 67 7x10 CNC Router

Model 67 7x10 Single Moving Table

Thermwood Model 67 10x5 CNC Router

Model 67 5x10 Dual Moving Tables


Thermwood Model 67 Large Sculptures at John Cox's Creature Workshop


Thermwood Model 67 5 Axis CNC Trimming Plastic

Multi-Purpose 90

The Multi-Purpose 90 is a heavy-duty, high-speed five-axis CNC router designed for trimming and pattern machining, available in single or dual moving aluminum tables.

Thermwood Model 90 5x12 Dual Table CNC Router

Model 90 5x12 Dual Moving Tables

Thermwood Model 90 10x5 CNC Router

Model 90 10x5 Single Moving Table


Thermwood Mastercam Solidworks Walkthrough Machining Aluminum Shield on 5 Axis Model 90


Thermwood Model 90 Machining Bust in Low-Density Foam


Model 90 5'x5' 5 Axis CNC Router Machining Carbon Fiber Prosthetic Component


Model 90 5'x5' 5 Axis CNC Router Machining Medium Density Foam Tray

Multi-Purpose 77

The Multi-Purpose 77 is a heavy-duty, high-speed contained system for the machining of large materials (various sizes available). 

Thermwood Model 77 10x10 with canopy shown


Thermwood Model 77 10'x10' CNC Machining


Thermwood Model 77 5 Axis Pattern/Modeling RenShape


Thermwood Model 77 10'x10' CNC Machinine Carbon Fiber

Multi-Purpose 70

The Multi-Purpose 70 is a heavy-duty CNC router designed for applications utilizing large/heavy fixtures (various sizes available).

Thermwood Model 70 10x20 CNC Router

Model 70 10x20 Fixed Table

Thermwood Model 70 10x10 CNC Router

Model 70 10x10 Fixed Table


Thermwood Model 70 10 Position Rotary Automatic Tool Changer


Thermwood Model 70 Continuous C-Axis Rotation Modeling


Thermwood Model 70 5 Axis Demonstrations

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Universal Plastics - Forming Customers for Life

Posted by Jason Susnjara on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Tags: CNC, plastics, tooling, Model 67, aerospace, molds, medical, plastic trimming, vacuum forming, thermoforming, 5 axis plastics, pressure forming

Thermwood CNC machines are used across a wide variety of Industries.  One Thermwood Customer – Universal Plastics and Mayfield Plastics - are involved in the thermoforming of plastic materials.

Since Universal Plastics was founded in 1965, they have been a leader in the thermoforming industry.

The Universal plant has over 95,000 square feet and over 80 employees.  As Universal Plastics has grown, they have refined and further developed the thermoforming process to allow the manufacture of large and complex products that could never have been conceived in the previous generation. Today’s thermoformed products can match the quality and finish of injection molding, in high performance plastics, and in sizes that dwarf the capabilities of most molders.

Universal Plastics with one of their Thermwood CNC Routers

Universal utilizes Thermwood CNC machines for trimming of complex thermoformed parts as well as producing thermoforming tooling.  In fact, Universal and Mayfield Plastics have purchased 10 Thermwood C67 machines in the last seven years.

Thermoforming tooling can be built from wood, composite, cast aluminum, or machined aluminum billet. Temporary molds are commonly built of wood or composites, which can be easily machined. Permanent tools are either machined or cast aluminum, depending on the depth of the tool. Thermoforming tools can be modified easily, so changes can be made quickly and for much less money than the hardened steel tooling typical of molded parts.  For this reason alone, thermoforming is often the better process if your design hasn’t been solidified.

Universal believes quality parts are a direct result of quality tools, and take great pride in making quality machined or cast aluminum tools that deliver consistent quality products year after year. Our 5 full time toolmakers have a combined 100 years’ experience in tool and fixture making and they build many of tools in-house.

Mold makers use cast aluminum molds for larger quantities production. Aluminum molds are designed by CAD designers.  Once designed, these mold designs are transferred to Thermwood CNC routers that produce the patterns required for the final mold.

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Also of note, the Western Mass Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association conduct several tours of member companies each year to give the membership a view of the diversity of the companies that do machining.  About 25 members of the WMNTMA visited Universal in February for a tour of their facility and in particular, to review the mold making and machining capabilities. Universal produces about 30% of their tooling and the balance is purchased from tool vendors around the country and area.

The Western Mass chapter has machine shops as well as vendors to the machining industry in their membership.

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