High Performance 5-Axis
CNC for Thermoforming
Model 90, 5-Axis
CNC Router brings
and reliability to a
new level. This
new high performance
CNC router is
built in the USA,
at Thermwood’s Southern Indiana factory, utilizing an
innovative new, highly efficient manufacturing approach
which results in a superior structure coupled with
enhanced use of materials.
The M90 features multiple table sizes ranging from a
single 60” x 60” moving table to 72” x 144” dual tables
for maximum production, continuous C-axis, their
Patented Impact Resistant Head which eliminates the
need to re-align the head after a crash and much more.
The M90 offers high acceleration/high performance
motions in both positioning and cutting. This high performance
solution also includes Thermwood’s powerful
QCore Super Control and superior features like fully
stress relieved weldments, high-end Siemens drives
throughout, THK rails, three-dimensional volumetric position
compensation and many other quality features seldom,
if ever, found at this price point.
The M90 is a robust, highly flexible production system
capable of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Thermwood is a U.S. company with distributors worldwide
and provides extensive and complete support,
installation, training and ongoing service.
For more information, contact Jason Susnjara,
Thermwood Corporation, 904 Buffaloville Rd., Dale, IN
47523, 800-533-6901/812-937-4476, Fax: 812-937-
2956, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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, 29 Pequot Road, Wallingford, CT 06492, 203-988-
9426, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.
Abbeon has recently
introduced the NEW CR
Center (CR911, 230V) to
their line of products. The
CR911 provides six thermoforming
processes in a
single machine. A twozone
ceramic heater system
ensures even heating
for vacuum forming and
also heats the fan-circulated
oven. A rotary
switch allows the operator to select a process, while a digital
timer with audible alarm provides a useful timing guide.
Their CR911 is capable of a wide variety of processes.
For Vacuum Forming, plates are supplied for two sheet
sizes of vacuum forming. Maximum mold height is
100mm. For Dome Blowing, a cast acrylic or PVC sheet is
heated in the oven. It is transferred to the Dome Blowing
plate, clamped, and compressed air is applied beneath it.
For Plastic Dip Coating, compressed air is forced through
a 5-liter tank containing thermoplastic powder to aerate
it, making it behave like a fluid. The metal item to be coated
is heated in the oven and then dipped in the fluidized
powder. Once the item is removed from the tank the powder
flows to form a smooth coating. For Plastic Welding,
an industrial hot air torch is integrated into the machine
for the welding of solvent resistant materials. A fold up
worktable gives support along with a calibrated tilting
stop sets the angles. For Injection Molding, material is
heated in the oven in a high thermal mass aluminum pot.
This pot is transferred to the injection-molding unit and
injected into a suitable mold by the pneumatic cylinder.
Extrusion is also carried out on the Injection Molding unit,
with the heated material being extruded through an I-section
nozzle into a cooling water tube.
A Fan Circulated Oven is included for plastic memory
demonstrations, sheet heating, annealing etc.
Abbeon has been providing top quality industrial equipment
to businesses for over 70 years. They are an authorized
distributor of CR Clarke machines and are proud to
now offer as part of their product line the CR Clarke Edge
Polishers, Vacuum Formers, Injection Molders, Granu la -
tors, Sheet Presses and Profile Cutters.
For more information, contact Bob Brunsman, Abbeon
Cal Inc., 1363 Donlon Street Unit 1, Ventura, CA 93003,
800-922-0977, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
New & Used
Thermoformers & Routers
PlastiMach is a leading sales organization in the United
States specializing in new and used thermoformers and
CNC routers since 1975. Plastimach is an excellent source
for buying and
a buyer and
seller of used
the ability to understand the used marketplace on a dayto-
They realize that a machine’s value is dependent upon
many variables, which are critical to ensure that the equipment
can be sold or purchased at the right price. Allow us
the opportunity to provide the right machine for your
application. if you’re looking to sell a machine they can
assist you in selling that obsolete asset.
For more information, contact Jerry Hammerman,
PlastiMach Corp., 704 Executive Blvd., Valley Cottage, NY
10989, 800-394-1128/845-267-2985, Fax: 800-394-
1128/845-267-2825, E-mail: email@example.com,
Cutting & Milling Tools
Hufschmied offers a
range of tooling specifically
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
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 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 Erin Roche, Hufschmied
USA, 42 Ozark Drive, Unit 6, Durham CT 06422. 239-
220-6602, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
MAAC’s newest twin sheet model 94R4DPT (108” x 48”)
has been upgraded to accommodate both thinner and
thicker sheets for twin sheet thermoforming. Made to
sheets of plastic
as thin as
sheet, and as
thick as .500”
per sheet, in
the twin sheet
thicknesses represent the thinnest and thickest starting
gauges used to date and are opening up more possibilities
for the industry to offer. Twin sheet forming results in
reducing material thickness while at the same time adding
MAAC has implemented upgrades to reduce machine
rotation time, increase platen closing time, a new faster
flowing vacuum system, as well as new software technology
to better control the process and efficiencies.
For more information, contact Michael P. Alongi, MAAC
Machinery Company, 590 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL
60188, 630-665-1700, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.maacmachinery.com.
Tooling for Plastics
Vortex Tool Company manufactures and maintains
more than 300 plastic cutting tools in
stock. Vortex Tool also custom designs and
manufactures cutting tools for plastics operations
including thermoforming, incorporating
the necessary geometry for a clean cutting,
long lasting tool.
Using state-of-the-art CAD/CAM manufacturing
processes, all Vortex tools are fully
engineered and manufactured to industry
standard designs and components so that an
accurate record and drawing of each tool
exists for future reproduction. Approval
drawings are submitted prior to creating the
Vortex Tool offers cutting edges in different
grades of carbide, stellite, high-speed steel or polycrystalline
diamond. Stringent quality control ensures a precise
cutting edge as well as profile accuracy; profiles are
checked on an optical comparator for extreme accuracy.
All tools are available in left-hand rotation and customsized
tools are available upon request. Custom tooling
deliveries average between two and three weeks, one of
the fastest turnaround times in the industry.
Vortex Tool Company, Inc. designs and manufactures a
wide variety of standard and custom high-performance
router and insert cutting tools, all made in the USA, for
the woodworking and plastics industries, and provides retipping
and sharpening services for all makes and models.
For more information, contact Mike Serwa, Vortex Tool
Company, 5605 East Jelinek Avenue, 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 carbidetipped,
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
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-
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.