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Trimming Machines

GEISS, a worldwide leader in technology, quality and performance, manufactures trimming machines that can be exactly adapted to meet your specific requirements.

Depending on requirements, the GEISS trimming machines are available in any nominal size and different versions. The smallest machine size provides the same productivity and rigidity as the larger ones. The nominal size is equal to the block size trimmed with 5-axis in all machines. The machine size 2000 x 1000 mm is the most built standard size.

GEISS customers can be assured that all programs are interchangeable and compatible to enable transfer to newer control systems among all machine sizes.

Areas of application include: thermoplastics; glass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites; compression molded parts of GMT and SMC; molded parts of foam; honeycomb lightweight materials; pattern making foams in tool making and prototyping.

For more information, contact Michael J. Roche, Geiss LLC, 42 Ozick Drive, Unit 6, Durham, CT 06422, 203-988-9426, E-mail:, Web:

New Generation Router

SCM North America announced the New Morbidelli X200 CNC Router, a new generation of SCM CNC Machining Center designed to increase flexibility and productivity when machining plastics and other advanced materials. The X200 includes a number of new technologies focused on improved edge finish and faster processing of parts.

It offers an exclusive, new “dynamic vacuum” that moves with the router head and focuses full vacuum on the area being machined providing unparalleled stability for faster cutting speeds and smaller hard to hold parts.

The router has superior and exclusive safety guards to protect your employees, there are no fences or photo cells to restrict full access to the table. The CNC managed dust shroud provides exceptional chip collection & cleaner machined parts.

The dual working zones allows “pendulum machining” for continuous machining without having to stop the router to remove machined parts and the precision engineered heavy duty base and moving gantry with dual drive motors offer rapid movement and maximum stability.

The router is equipped with a powerful 19HP HSK 63 Electrospindle with on board tool changer.

SCM Group is a leading manufacturer of CNC Routers, Machining Centers, Panel Saws, Sanders and other products for the plastics market.

For more information, contact Phil Bryant, SCM North America, 2475 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096, 404-759-3534, E-mail:, Web: www.

3- & 5-Axis Machining Centers

Thermwood, located in Southern Indiana and established in 1969, offers a broad line of both 3- and 5-axis CNC machining centers ideally suited for the production, fabrication and trimming of wood, plastics, composites, non-ferrous metals, composites and other advanced materials.

Some of these applications consist of nested-based panel production, solid wood, roller holddown machines for upholstery frames as well as the award-winning Cut Ready Cut Center, which doesn’t require any programming. Other applications range from machining patterns and molds/plugs to trimming and machining production products for industries like woodworking, automotive, aerospace/aviation, foundry, boating and defense.

For more information, contact Duane Marrett, Thermwood Corporation, 904 Buffaloville Rd., Dale, IN 47523, 800-533-6901, E-mail:, Web:

New Heavy Hitter Desktop

ShopBot Tools, one of the largest makers of digital fabrication tools in the U.S., has announced the launch of the ShopBot Desktop MAX

ATC, the newest addition to their desktop tool line. The Desktop MAX ATC has all of the same capabilities of the popular Desktop MAX but has the additional power and efficiency of an Automatic Tool Changer (ATC). Like their other desktop tools, it utilizes a unique frame and bed design (36”x 24” cutting area) which is completely open underneath. There are two different deck options: a universal vacuum hold down deck or an aluminum deck, which can be partially or completely removed for a wide variety of end-milling and edge work. It also features a dual-motor gantry design, providing impressive stability and precision.

An ATC reduces production time by quickly and robotically changing cutters between tool paths,eliminating the need to change and zero tools individually. “The MAX ATC is a factory at your fingertips,” offers Ryan Patterson, one of the Engineers on the team that developed the Desktop MAX ATC. “It’s out of the crate ready to add to a production line in any size shop and can be set up with a variety of accessories for virtually any custom application.”

ShopBot's expanding array of CNC tools are used in prototyping, full production cutting, carving, machining, and milling in a variety of materials, including wood, MDF, plastics, foams, and soft metals. The full line of tools from ShopBot is oriented to be used for both standard and specialty operations. ShopBot's CNC tools deliver professional power and precision typically associated with more expensive CNC tools.

The tool ships fully assembled and uses 110v household power, it comes standard with a six position tool bank, 6: ISO20 tool holders and 6: 1/4” collets. Customers will need an air source to provide 4cfm @90PSI in order to utilize the automatic tool changer. The MAX ATC ships with ShopBot Control System software and comes bundled with two powerful software programs to create CNC projects. It also includes a simple, quick start set-up guide.

For more information, contact Jen Nix, ShopBot Tools, Inc., 3333B Industrial Drive, Durham, NC 27704, 888-680-4466/919-680-4800, Fax: 919-680-4900, E-Mail:, Web:

New CNC Router

Techno CNC Systems introduced the Titan Series CNC router. The Titan is fully equipped with the best technology and tooling in the industry and was made to meet any production needs.

Techno CNC System’s new Titan Series CNC router features all steel construction, precision helical rack and pinion drives on the X and Y axes, and ball screw on the Z axis, and THK linear rails and bearings, with a 7 1/2" gantry clearance, and an 11 1/2" Z-axis stroke, the router is also equipped with a 4HP high frequency spindle (6,000 – 18,000 RPM), and a vacuum t-slot table work surface. The precision machined steel framework provides a foundation for the linear motion drive system, resulting in superior accuracy and efficiency, thus translating to ultrasmooth cut quality and edge finish. A user friendly, intuitive handheld controller brings the router to life making start up procedure and job set up a quick and easy process.

For more information, contact Techno CNC Systems, 29 Trade Zone Drive, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, 631-648-7481, E-mail:, Web:

American-Made Value

Since 2008, CAMaster has built high performance CNC routers that are designed to help shops increase production and maximize efficiency. Every CAMaster CNC router is designed and built in the USA at the CAMaster factory in Cartersville, Georgia.

CAMaster’s flagship machine, the Cobra Elite, is a robust, highly flexible production machine that is ideal for machining and trimming all types of plastics including Acrylic, PVC, HDPE, ABS, Lexan™, UMHW, PETG and many more.

With cut speeds of 1,500 IPM and rapid traverse speeds of 2,500 IPM, the Cobra Elite’s performance is what truly separates it from the competition.

The router is sold directly from CAMaster at almost half the cost of similarly configured competitor models and is by far one of the best values in the CNC Router market today.

The Cobra Elite features multiple table sizes ranging from 5’ x 5’ to 6’ x 12’ and is built with high versatility in mind including: automatic tool changer, extended gantry heights, vacuum tables, aggregate heads, knives, and much more. The router comes standard with free lifetime technical phone support, online diagnostics, and an industry- best, two-year warranty. CAMaster also provides onsite installation, training and ongoing service.

For more information, contact Cody Smith, CAMaster, 149 Wansley Drive, Cartersville, GA, 770-334-2448, Email:, Web:

Tailored Router Solutions

AXYZ Routers offers a range of innovative, industrial CNC router equipment to meet almost any application requirement. Without compromising on quality, AXYZ products are highly productive, superior in cut quality, and affordable. Focusing on innovative, customization and exceptional service, AXYZ has a CNC machine for any project.

The Infinite is the most tailorable router, available in all sizes. It is suitable for one-off, small batch production as well as high volume and high productivity applications.

The Pacer Series is a powerful, heavy-duty router option, aimed at plastic/metal fabricators and aerospace applications that require extremely high tolerances.

The Trident CNC Knife Hybrid offers lightning fast knife cutting and overwhelming routing capabilities to take on broader projects. This router is extremely popular with signmaking, print finishing applications and foam packaging.

The PANELBuilder is a hugely popular router in aluminum composite and metal composite cladding, with its very own powerful software package.

Their Z Series is the go-to router for the budget conscious or first-time user. Ideal for school settings or hobbyist.

For more information, contact Greg Jenkins, AXYZ Automation, Inc., 5330 South Service Road, Burlington, ON, L7L 5L1, Canada, 800-361-3408/905-634-4940, Fax: 905-634-4966, E-mail:, Web:

High-Speed Spindles

Precision Drive Systems (PDS), is a world-class repair center, manufacturer and distributor of high-speed spindles serving all CNC and robotic endusers, machinery manufacturers and integrators. PDS operates worldwide service locations, providing better-than-new repairs (within 2 microns) on spindles for wet and dry material removal precision machining applications. Since 1996, PDS’ factory trained engineers and technicians have successfully rebuilt and globally supported more than 36,000 spindles.

PDS stocks a myriad of collet and automatic tool change spindles in varying power and size ranges as well as a full array of spindle accessories including collets, tool holders, measuring equipment, variable frequency drives, chillers and more. PDS invented a useful new, patent-pending tool for automatically achieving accurate stroke measurements on HSK clamping sets, Digital Stroke Gauge.

PDS offers extensive engineering resources and commonly enhances OEM spindle design for better product life and finish quality.

From high-speed spindles for wood, plastics, non-ferrous and metal cutting to arbors, aggregate, moulder and tenoner spindles, PDS has the best solution for economical repair, expert customer service and industry-leading turnaround time.

For more information, contact, Calvin Stiles, Precision Drive Systems LLC, 4367 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Bessemer City, NC 28016, 704-922-1206, Fax: 704-922-1217, E-mail:, Web:

New & Used CNC Routers

Plastimach Corp. is a stocking dealer of previously owned CNC routers and thermoforming equipment, Since 1975, Plastimach has consistently delivered quality used CNC routers and thermoforming equipment to their customers. Most of their inventory can be inspected at their New York or Chicago warehouses.

Their staff has over 75 years of experience in the CNC routers/thermoforming industry, and they look forward to discussing your particular application in order to suggest the equipment that is right for you. They also reparent major manufacturers of new CNC routers. Their database of used machinery consists of prior sales and potential customers which provides them the ability to accurately locate or sell used machinery. They deliver fast, affordable and accurate information necessary for you to decide which method is best to sell or buy used equipment

They are now offering the New Patriot 4’ x 8’ and 5’ x10’ 3-axis CNC routers built in the USA which include automatic tool changer and a 15" Z-axis.

For more information, contact Rob Rosen, Plastimach Corp., 704 Executive Blvd., Valley Cottage, NY 10989, 800-394-1128/845-267-2985, Fax: 800-394-1128/845-267-2825, E-mail:, Web:

New Tooling for Laminated Composites

Vortex Tool Company’s new Series 9800 tornado compression tooling has been engineered to excel in cutting laminated composite materials. The router bit’s unique roughing and finishing flute design yields clean finished-edge quality while eliminating delamination of the material.

Available in four sizes, Series 9800 tooling is offered with or without CVD diamond coating to increase tool life with highly abrasive substrates.

American owned and operated, Vortex Tool Company, Inc. designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom high-performance router and insert cutting tools for the woodworking and plastics industries, and provides re-tipping and sharpening services for all makes and models.

For more information, contact Lucas Molepske, Vortex Tool Company, 5605 East Jelinek Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476, 800-355-7708/715-355-7707, Fax: 715-355-7353 E-mail:, Web:

Coated CNC Router Bits

Amana Tool, a producer of industrial quality carbide-tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools, recently introduced their Spektra™ extreme tool life coated CNC router bit line.

Their Spektra bits feature a nACo® nanocomposite coating with an extreme

Nano hardness and heat resistance. With a brilliant distinctivelytinted coloring, nACo provides additional improvements in four critical aspects of router tooling.

nACo coating is a micro-thin ceramic coating which enables the tool's cutting edge to retain crucial sharpness and lubricity. This provides longevity and produces cutting results of the highest quality. The coating also prevents high heat and oxidation, which is detrimental to cutting tool performance. The multi-colored hues, while attractive, will dissipate upon use and yet coating will remain fully effective.

nACo offers approximately 4,500 Vickers for impressive solid hardness on cutting areas of the tool, for an increase up to 2.5 times the life compared to uncoated bits.

The range of tools is aimed at use in the high production wood and plastics industries. Featured are solid carbide compression spirals for use on wood, wood veneer, plywood, MDF and laminates. Also offered are solid carbide “O’ flute tools for use on acrylic (Plexiglas® Lucite®) and many other plastic materials. The tools are available in a variety of sizes. The compression tools are also offered in a 5-piece set.

For more information, contact Frank Misiti, Amana Tool, 120 Caro lyn Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735, 800-445-0077/631-752-1300, Fax: 631-752-1674, E-mail:, Web:

Cutting & Milling Tools

Hufschmied offers a range of tooling specifically designed for milling plastics. With plastic materials it is crucial to keep the milling temperature as low as possible. This can be achieved with tools from their Universal-Line and Sharp-Line. Depending on your requirements and your machinery, the solution to your processing problem offers you a choice of one, two or three-flute cutters.

Hufschmied tools are designed to minimize burr formation and provide a quality edge finish at high feed rates minimizing secondary operations.

When it comes to cutting thermoset the avoidance of burr formation is critical to a high quality edge finish. Their Universal-Line and Proto-Line are well suited for this category of materials.

For the processing of PMMA, cast or extruded, the Frasen Per Plex product range of single-fluted milling cutters produce a mirror-like surface finish without the need for additional polishing tools or any other polishing action. When working acrylics, milling cutters and drills need to produce sharply defined cutting edges. For this approach, Hufschmied supplies the FPE tool system with a singlestep roughing and finishing cycle producing these very sharply defined edges. For polycarbonate and PET their Sharp-Line will provide a sooth finish with long tool life.

For more information, contact Erin Roche, Hufschmied USA, 42 Ozark Drive, Unit 6, Durham CT 06422. 239-220-6602, E-mail:, Web:

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