SAMPE 2017 is Right Around the Corner!

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, May 09, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, 3 Axis, 5 Axis, Trade Shows, SAMPE, LSAM, RUAG

Thermwood at Sampe Seattle 2017

SAMPE 2017 is right around the corner.  This year’s SAMPE event is located at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington.  Dates for the event are May 22nd–25th.  Thermwood will be exhibiting at this event in Booth F24, Hall A.  You can register for the event at


Thermwood LSAM Additive Manufacturing SystemThermwood will be featuring our new Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system showing videos along with finished parts.  The LSAM is a one of a kind system that features a print gantry for printing a variety of materials including ABS,PPS and ULTEM with carbon fiber and a trim gantry for the subtractive process.  The LSAM is used for the production of tooling, molds, masters, patterns, fixtures and plugs used in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, boating, foundry and thermoforming.


New APM System

Thermwood APM Insertion System

Thermwood will also feature our new three axis APM system for machining and automatically inserting potted fasteners for the satellite industry.  This new system was brought to the industry in conjunction with RUAG Space.  The APM system machines and drills the panels, then automatically inserts the fasteners using a patented approach.

Three and Five Axis Machining Centers

Thermwood 3 and 5 Axis CNC Machining Centers

Of course we can’t forget the Thermwood line of three and five axis CNC machining centers.  We have a large variety of different sizes and configurations ideally suited for the production, fabrication & trimming of wood, plastics, non-ferrous metals, composites and other advanced materials.  These applications range from machining patterns and molds/plugs to trimming & machining production products for various industries such as woodworking, automotive, aerospace/aviation, military/defense and many more industries.

Although we won’t have any machinery at this event, we will have videos and parts for touch and feel.  We will also have representation there to help with any questions that you might have.

About Thermwood

Thermwood Corporate Headquarters

Thermwood is a US based company with dealers and distributors worldwide.  In addition to machine manufacturing and software development, Thermwood has a technical service organization that provides support, machine installation, training, retrofits, custom programming and production assistance.  Please visit, call 1-800-533-6901 or email for more information. 

Thermwood Partners with RUAG to Develop Advanced Satellite Production System

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Tags: Thermwood, Announcements, Partnership, RUAG, Satellite

Thermwood Corporation

Thermwood Corporation of Dale, Indiana has entered into an agreement with RUAG Space to supply advanced equipment that applies RUAG’s revolutionary new insert placement technology. RUAG Space, headquartered in Switzerland, is the leading supplier of products for the space industry in Europe, while also building a strong US presence. 

Following the JEC innovation Award in Houston in 2015, RUAG Space has been able to land its first substantial order based on its insert placement technology. This contract anticipates the delivery of structures for 900 mega constellation satellites by the end of 2020.   This represents the largest mass production of satellite structures in history. 

In November, 2016 RUAG officially opened a new manufacturing facility near Cape Canaveral in Titusville (FL). RUAG Space plans to start manufacturing the satellite structures in early 2017. Comparable to an automotive chassis, this structure serves as the backbone for all other modules on the satellite. 

Ruag Manufacturing Facility in Titusville, FL

This new facility will utilize Thermwood’s new machining and insertion system in a 24/7 manufacturing environment. Apart from the purchase agreement for the next generation of automated machining, potting and insert machines, RUAG also signed an exclusive agreement for North America with Thermwood to provide to third parties this new platform for automated insert placement. The inserts and process licenses will be available from RUAG Space. 

Thermwood systems are used in the aerospace industry worldwide to process a large variety of applications for aircraft, spacecraft and the military. Thermwood also offers large scale additive manufacturing systems to these same industries.

Thermwood APM Insertion System for RUAG

About Thermwood Corporation:

Thermwood Corporation, located in Southern Indiana and established in 1969, offers both three & five axis CNC machining centers ideally suited for the production, fabrication & trimming of wood, plastics, non-ferrous metals, composites and other advanced materials.  Thermwood also offers a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system for 3D printing reinforced thermoplastic composite materials for producing industrial tooling, molds, patterns, masters, plugs and fixtures for various industries.  Thermwood is deeply involved in CNC and Additive Manufacturing technologies and development, incorporating a high level of smart control technology in its products. 

About RUAG Space:

RUAG Space is Europe’s leading supplier of space products to the industry. With 1,200 people employed at 10 locations in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Finland and the USA the RUAG Space Division achieved some total sales of 310 million Swiss Francs in 2015. RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defense for use on land, in the air and in space. 55% of RUAG’s products and services are destined for the civil market and 45% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Berne, Switzerland. It has production sites in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Australia and the USA.  

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