CNC Routers & Tooling
Routers & Tooling
CNC routers handle
plastic sheet processing,
billets and panel processing
(Model 43 and
Model 45). Their 5-Axis
CNC routers handle
trimming of thermoformed
parts, molds and
(Model 67 and Model 90). They also offer the Model 70
and Model 77, which are primarily used for large scale
Their machines can work with a wide variety of materials
including Starboard®, P VC, HDPE, polyethylene,
polypropylene, PETE, LDPE, PP, PS (Styrofoam), polycarbonate,
acrylic, nylon and more.
Some of the basic tooling they use and recommend includes:
for trimming operations/sheet operations - single
“O” flute up-spiral is used for chip evacuation; for finishing
– 2 or 3-f lute slow helix up-spiral is used; for composites,
they recommend solid PCD or diamond-coated
tooling; and for fiberglass trimming they recommend
using a burr style bit for best results.
Thermwood’s CNC experts will evaluate your production
needs to help determine how you can reduce costs
and increase efficiency. They also offer free live demonstrations
of their equipment and software using your application
and product details. This can help identify
inefficiencies and areas of your current process that their
machines could help improve.
For more information, contact Duane Marrett,
Thermwood Corporation, 904 Buffaloville Rd., Dale, IN
47523, 800-533-6901, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.thermwood.com.
GEISS AG, a worldwide leader in technology, quality
and performance, manufactures trimming and vacuum forming
machines that can be configured exactly to
meet the customer’s specific requirements.
Depending on the customer’s specific application, the
GEISS machine can be produced in any nominal size and
delivered with and in any combination of the more than
100 options to meet any need in terms of the materials
to be processed as well as the capacity requirement They
are able to deliver a full range of features to result in
equipment best suited for any need starting at basic
manually loaded, semi-automation all the way up to
fully-automatic operations The idea is to be able to deliver
the most cost-effective solution for meeting a full
range of requirements regardless of product size or the
material type being processed, at any production capacity
within a wide range of their clients and budget.
Geiss has now introduced the market to a fully integrated
forming and trimming solution. They now offer
to configure their forming and trimming machines together
with an integrated six-axis robot that allows for
a full-automatic solution. The user can start with palletized
sheet material and without human intervention,
get out the finished parts because all the handling between
forming, trimming is done automatically. Addition
further operations such as management of the
scrap and dust and chip mitigation, or part inspection
with vision systems can be integrated. Geiss already offered
automatic exchange of sheet material and molds.
Despite the possibility to run in a fully automated configuration
both the vacuum forming and trimming machines
can be run independently of each other without
the use of the robot.
Cycle times can be balanced between the thermoforming
and the trimming processes by using multiples of the
machines of either type together with robotic integration
to reach an ideal configuration.
For more information, contact Michael J. Roche, Geiss
LLC, 42 Ozick Drive, Unit 6, Durham, CT 06422, 203-988-9426, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.geiss-ttt.com.
Reliable & Affordable
Castaly Machine offers reliable and affordable quality
CNC equipment configurations that suit a variety of
applications such as
router, laser, plasma,
oscillating knife, lathe
and boring. These machines
designed for cabinetry,
and plastic applications
for small to
and passion for their customers, Castaly offers CNC
equipment that allows customers to create more while
paying less. Their featured tools are engineered to be
multi-functional while providing the best quality and
adaptability. Whether you require new product development
or collaboration with modifying an existing machine,
Castaly can assist in meeting your custom needs.
Their technician team provides machine installation and
onsite/remote (Zoom app) operation training per customer
request. They also carry a large inventory of spare
parts in both their Los Angeles and Montreal locations.
They invite you to visit their showroom and warehouse
in Los Angeles, CA, or Montreal Canada, meet
their sales staff and technicians. They are more than
happy to discuss your equipment requirements and possible
For more information, contact Jeff Ou, Castaly Industries
Corp., 637 Vineland Ave., La Puente, CA 91746, 626-
968-6330, Fax: 626-336-2890, 956 Rue André-Liné, Granby,
QC J2J 1E2 CANADA, 450-372-3876, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.castalymachine.com.
Powerful & Affordable
At ShopBot Tools,
design and engineering
based on thorough
reasoning and always
with the customer’s
needs in mind. Their
CNC tools are engineered,
and supported in
Durham, North Carolina. They also develop and produce
their own control system software.
ShopBot's array of CNC routers are used in prototyping,
full-production cutting, carving, machining, and milling in
a variety of materials, including plastics, foam, wood,
MDF, and non-ferrous metals like aluminum and copper.
Their full line of tools is oriented to be used for both standard
and specialty operations. They are affordable, yet de-
liver the professional power and precision associated with
heavier and more expensive CNC equipment.
Their CNC tools range from the Desktop tool line; the
ShopBot Desktop, Desktop MAX, and Desktop MAX
ATC, that are highly precise and compact enough to fit
on a shop workbench; to Full-Size Gantry CNC tools, like
the PRSalpha, PRSalpha ATC, and ShopBot Zeta (pictured)
that are great for cutting full sheets of plastic and
other sheet goods; to custom tool configurations. They
not only provide a wide range of tool sizes, we support
the success of each user with a range of services, including
technical support, an active online forum, and production
For more information contact ShopBot Tools, Inc., 3333
Industrial Dr., Durham, NC 27704, 888-680-4466/919-680-4800, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.shopbottools.com.
CNC for Rapid-Prototyping
AXYZ Tailored Router Solutions™ now offers the
AXYZ Innovator Router to their line-up of CNC
CNC router replaced
the legacy Z-Series
model, offering a
while including a robust
and high precision
accuracy that AXYZ
machines are known for, all at a cost-effective price.
The AXYZ Innovator is available in two standard sizes,
4’ x 4’ (1.2m x 1.2m) and 5’ x 8’ (1.5m x 2.4m), with a
gantry clearance of 6” (152mm).
The Innovator has been engineered to include the following
new features: a heavy-duty frame with cast
gantry legs for added rigidity; integrated servo motors
replacing stepper servos for smoother motion and
higher speeds; premium helical racks offering a new
level of cut quality and it is designed to be more easily
upgradable for option installations in the future, including the exclusive 3-position tool changer.
For more information, contact AXYZ Tailored Router
Solutions, 5330 South Service Rd., Burlington, ON, L7L
5L1, Canada, 800-361-3408/905-634-4940, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.axyz.com.
Techno CNC Systems
Titan Series machine
with all steel construction,
rigid foundation required
results. The Titan includes
a 12HP HSD
automatic tool changer
with 8-position tool rack, and a pneumatically operated
dust collection hood that concentrates air flow at the
cutter, which provides optimal dust collection performance.
The multi-zone vacuum t-slot table is constructed from
very hard phenolic, which is very stable material, and
holds tight tolerances for precision cutting. The Titan series
is connected to a 10HP Rotary vane vacuum pump,
which has very quiet operation (82db).
For easy sheet alignment, (3) material pop-up pins are
included and precisely placed to handle and align various
size materials. The Titan series is powered by brushless
drive motors, and is controlled via easy to use and learn
hand held controller.
It features: 12HP HSD high frequency automatic tool
changer spindle; maintenance free brushless motors and
drives; multi-zone vacuum t-slot table; pneumatic material
pop-up pins; automatic tool length calibration via
closed loop touch pad; automatic z-zero via secondary
touch pad; easy-to-use hand-held controller (optional PC
based system available); and open architecture that
works with all industry standard CAD/CAM software.
For more information, contact Techno CNC Systems,
29 Trade Zone Dr., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, 631-648-7481,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.technocnc.com.
CAMaster builds high-quality, affordable, American made
CNC routers for a wide range of applications
and budgets, with competitive pricing and unparalleled
support. Each CAMaster CNC router is designed and built
at their facility in Cartersville,
Georgia and comes with one
of the industry’s
Their Cobra Elite
series is a multipurpose,
CNC Router that is a
perfect mix of precision engineering, industrial
performance, and unbeatable
value. The Cobra Elite is highly customizable and is best
suited for high production shops that require both high
speed machining and high tolerances. Table sizes range
from 5-feet to 20-feet long with single or double heads
for multiple operations.
Their Panther series is a full production CNC router
that is designed for mid-size production shops requiring
high performance, reliability, and affordability. It is popular
with sign makers, woodworkers, and skilled craftsmen.
The Panther is offered in 4’ x 8’ and 5’ x 10’ sizes
Their Stinger series is an entry level machine that is
popular with small shops, schools, and hobbyists.
For more information, contact Cody Smith, CAMaster,
Inc., 149 Wansley Dr., Cartersville, GA 30121, 866-405-
7688, E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.camaster.com.
(PDS), is a
all CNC and robotic
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.spindlerepair.com.
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
requirements and your
machinery, the solution to your
processing problem offers you a
choice of one, two or three-flute
Hufschmied tools are designed
to minimize burr formation
and provide a quality edge
finish at high feed rates minimizing
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
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.
acrylics, milling cutters
and drills need to
produce sharply defined
cutting edges. For
this approach, Hufschmied
FPE tool system with a
and finishing cycle producing
sharply defined edges.
For polycarbonate and
PET their Sharp-Line
will provide a sooth finish with long tool life.
For more information, contact Erin Marciniak, Hufschmied
USA, 42 Ozick Drive, Unit 6, Durham CT 06422,
419-341-6337, E-mail: email@example.com, Web:
“O” Flute Plastic
Vortex Tool introduced XP tooling
for plastics. This new tool series
improves upon their already popular
single edge “O” flute design by incorporating
XP geometry. Designed for
hard and soft plastics these tools provide superior part finish and tool life over their existing
tools. Their initial offering is in some of their most popular
sizes. They will be adding more tool style in the future.
Tooling for Laminated Composites
Vortex also offers the 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
For more information, contact Lucas Molepske, Vortex
Tool Company, 5605 East Jelinek Ave., Schofield, WI
54476, 800-355-7708/715-355-7707, Fax: 715-355-7353 E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.vortextool.com.
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 distinctively-tinted 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 multicolored
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
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 Carolyn Blvd., Farmingdale, NY 11735, 800-445-
0077/631-752-1300, Fax: 631-752-1674, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.amanatool.com.
Cutting & Polishing Tools
Since 1980, Wood-Cutters Tooling has provided customers
in the plastics, wood, and metals industries with
quality products and service.
Tools for CNC milling machines include over 1,000 standard
tools featuring cuttings edges of monocrystalline diamond,
polycrystalline diamond, and solid carbide.
EURACRYL products enable processing of PMMA, PC,
PETG, SAN, mixed materials (e.g., PMMA + aluminum or
paper), as well as production of high-gloss, standard
gloss and satin surfaces or surfaces to be glued.
Tools for edge polishing include 2,700 options of diamond
milling heads for over 180 models from at least 50
different machine manufacturers, including Bermaq,
Codema, CR Clarke, EFC, Euracryl, Kuper, Martin, to
name a few.
For more information, contact Eric G. Jansen, Wood-Cutters
Tooling Inc., 4685 Spartan Industrial Dr. SW, Grandville,
MI 49418, 616-257-7930, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.woodcutterstooling.com.