Machinery & Tooling Spotlight
Thermwood Connects with
for 2020 -
put new plans
into place to connect
won't get to see
them live in Atlanta.
currently working to produce a series of Info Spot videos
featuring their Cut Ready Cut Center, 3-axis and 5-axis
CNC routers and LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing
Systems) that highlight the capabilities of each,
in addition to giving tips and tricks to help with tooling
The Thermwood team is always available to consult in
the form of web demos/videos and time studies. They are
also ready to welcome customers to
their Dale, Indiana, headquarters for
in-person demonstrations, or use the
web to stream live demonstrations if
At IWF, they had planned to
demonstrate three of their machines.
Their Cut Ready Cut Center allows
users to make virtually anything a
cabinet shop would want to make,
with no programming required. Their
heavy-duty Model 45 (composites,
plastics, nested base, aluminum, nonferrous
metal and wood) and the high performance
Their first round of videos, or Info
Spots, will feature the Cut Center,
and will walk viewers through everything
from understanding the differences
between the Cut Center and a
regular CNC router, to operating the
machine and selecting and cutting
out cabinets. Look for the videos soon
on their website.
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.
machines that can be exactly adapted to meet your specific
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.geiss-ttt.com.
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,
aimed at plastic/
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
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
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: email@example.com, Web: www.axyz.com.
Powerful Panel Saw
HPP 400 P
Saw to the
plastics industry. This powerful and versatile machine
combines state-of-the-art technology with innovative
German engineering for the ultimate in power and
precision. With advanced standard features and a wide
variety of highly customizable options, HOMAG’s
HPP 400 P is designed to meet all of your unique production
The machine’s main saw motor features variable RPM
speed control for high-quality performance, while its reverse
cutting capabilities enable processing of thin plastic
sheets without the risk of damaging delicate materials.
Featuring a central side pressure device integrated into
saw carriage that works from below the machine bed, the
HPP 400 P is able to achieve precise alignment of thin
sheets as well as full stacks of dense material. This machine
also comes standard with air tables at the front of the saw
and a complete air bed with dustEx at the cut line for effortless
material handling and superior chip collection.
HOMAG’s HPP 400 P U.S. Edition features HOMAG’s
easy-to-use CADMatic operating software and power-
Touch control system for intuitive machine control and
operation. Moving graphics on the controller walk the
operator through even the most complex cutting operations
For more information, contact David Mays, Stiles Machinery,
3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, 616-698-7500, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
Vertical Panel Saw
panel saws, recently
model to the U.S.
market. The new Striebig Standard S model adds another
level to their universal vertical sawing technology with
integrated new elements and retained proven benefits.
Chief among them, the Standard S will incorporate scoring
as a standard feature and sport a sleek new operator
“Striebig has offered the industry workhorse Standard
model for decades, delivering value and durability,” said
David Bull, Colonial Saw Striebig product manager. “Now
with true split-blade scoring included, the enhanced
Standard S will help operators achieve a clean cut on
both sides and extended main blade life.”
The saw unit and control box of the Standard S deliver
both functionality and ergonomics through a new comfort
premium package that incorporates four popular features
straight from the factory: automatic pneumatic
locking support rollers; Y-axis digital measuring system;
pneumatic saw head locking with motorized fine adjustment
to within 0.005” of inch; and laser light horizontal
cut indicator. There are more than 20 additional options
and accessories such as a wooden support wall and Xaxis
digital measuring system.
“We’re very excited about this new opportunity,” Bull
added. “It builds on Striebig’s six decades of sawing technology
and delivers the perfect edges and precise dimensions
that users have come to expect of every Striebig saw.”
For more information, contact David Bull, Colonial
Saw, Inc., P.O. Box A, Kingston, MA 02364, 781-585-4364
x204, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.csaw.com.
proud to introduce
Router, a new
SCM CNC Machining
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.
Their exclusive, new “dynamic vacuum” 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. Their new, exclusive
safety guards provide superior protection for
employees without fences or photo cells that restrict full
access to the table. A CNC managed dust shroud provides
exceptional chip collection and cleaner machined
parts. The dual working zones allows “pendulum machining”
for continuous machining without having to stop
the router to remove machined parts. A precision engineered
heavy duty base and moving gantry with dual
drive motors provide rapid movement and maximum stability.
And the unit comes equipped with a powerful
19HP HSK 63 Electrospindle with on board tool changer.
For more information, contact Phil Bryant, SCM North
America, 2475 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096, 404-759-3534, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.scmgroup.com.
Tooling for Softer Plastics
The new Series
Edge “O” Flute
Upcut Spiral tooling
Tool Company is
ideal for increased
finishes on softer
plastics such as
UHMW, solid surface,
and similar materials.
With improved geometry including a slightly higher
helix, the Series 9900 has better chip evacuation in
thicker materials and the polished flute reduces drag allowing
for a deeper depth per pass. Seven sizes are available
to meet a wide range of routing applications.
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
For more information, contact
Lucas Molepske, Vortex Tool
Company, 5605 East Jelinek Avenue,
Schofield, WI 54476,
715-355-7353, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.vortextool.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 on your requirements
machinery, the solution
to your processing
problem offers you
a choice of one, two or
are designed to minimize
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 single-step
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 Steve Holbrook, Hufschmied
USA, 42 Ozick Drive, Unit 6, Durham CT 06422, 419-341-6337, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
grind tooth style and
specially engineered side
clearances make Forrest
tipped No-Melt blades the
perfect choice for cutting
single or multiple stacked
sheets of plastic without
chipping or melting.
The No-Melt blade is just one of the many award-winning
general-, special- and custom-purpose blades and
dados offered by Forrest Manufacturing, a family-owned
business for more than 50 years. All Forrest blades are
manufactured in the U.S. to exacting standards, using
proprietary grinding techniques and hand straightening.
The result is exceptional perimeter concentricity, an astonishing
+/- .001” side runout and super fine tooth grind
for smooth, quiet and precise cuts.
The No-Melt blade is no exception. Its numerous teeth
allow fast feeding of brittle acrylics. Super-hard C-4
micro grain carbide tips ensure 50 to 300 percent longer
life between sharpenings. The No-Melt blade is available
in 7” to 20” diameters with 60 to 120 teeth. It is particularly
appropriate for cutting acrylics, Delrins®, ABS,
styrenes, PVC, and high- and low-melt nylons. Forrest
blades come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Factory
sharpening services for all make of carbide tipped
circular blades are also available.
Forrest also offers their Duraline available in different
tooth styles to meet different needs. The TCG for plastic
cuts smoother than No-Melt due to narrower clearance
angles. Use #11 TCG to prevent chipping edge of acrylic
sheet. Also keep blade height low if on table saw. Made
with double-hard C-4 Submicron Carbide for longer life
For more information, contact Jay Forrest, Forrest
Manufacturing Company, 457 River Road, Clifton, NJ
07014, 800-733-7111, Web: www.forrestblades.com.