Heavy Duty CNC
The Thermwood 5
Axis Model 90 is a
heavy duty, high-speed
five axis CNC router
for three dimensional
applications. It is used
for production trimming
composite and fiberglass
parts as well as being utilized for machine patterns and
molds directly from CAD data. This robust system offers
a variety of options and features to tackle a multitude of
The Model 90 comes with either single (5’x 5’, 5’x 10,
10’x 5’) or dual moving aluminum tables (5’x 5, 5’x 10’ and
5’x 12’) as well as a 12 HP router and a 4-position automatic
tool changing system as standard. Bigger routers
and additional automatic tool changers are available.
Other options are an automatic tool length sensor, automatic
lubrication system, gantry lighting, machine enclosure,
continuous C axis, accu-lube mist coolant
system, 6-position bar style automatic tool changer and
ten-position rotary automatic tool changer. Three-dimensional
laser compensated axis alignment, installation and
five-day machine training are included as standard.
Thermwood is a US based, multinational, diversified
CNC machinery manufacturer that markets its products
and services through offices in 11 countries. Thermwood
is the oldest manufacturer of highly flexible, 3 and 5 axis
high-speed machining centers. They primarily market to
the plastics, aerospace, composites and woodworking industries
but have found applications in almost every
major industry from medical to entertainment.
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, 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
to newer control
among all machine
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.
Tools for the Toughest Plastic
Vortex Tool Company Series 5500 Tooling is designed
for plastic cutting in a wide range of
applications. These tools are commonly used
when trimming excess material on thermoformed
and molded parts. The double edge “O” flute offers
the same cutting characteristics as
the single edge “O” flute design, but
can provide additional tool life in some
materials. Two cutting edges produce a
stronger cross section and improved
plunge capabilities. Vortex has designed these tools i n
many different diameters, cut lengths and overall lengths
to meet the needs of router and robot machines. The Vortex
staff can consult with you to determine your router
applications and select a specific set of tools and accessories
to meet your design needs. Most items are in stock
for immediate shipment.
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
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:
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 Univer-
sal-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
are designed to minimize
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 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 Steve Holbrook, Hufschmied
USA, 42 Ozick Drive, Unit 6, Durham CT 06422,
419-341-6337, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
Thermosetting Adhesive Tapes
Alamotape™ launched of a new innovative structural
adhesive tape product platform, “Tacky Thermosetting
Adhesive Tapes”. These tapes are tacky at room temperature,
providing initial bond like a Pressure Sensitive
Adhesive (PSA) tape. When heat and pressure are applied,
the polymer chains cross-link producing an infusible
and insoluble polymer network, which allows the
tape to achieve full cure and high bond strength. Alamotape
offers two types of tacky thermosetting adhesive
tapes including Alamotape 5105 and Alamotape 5202.
Alamotape 5105 Tacky Thermoset performs like a PSA
tape at room temperature and cures to a very high
strength with heat and pressure. It is B-stage curable to
a permanent thermosetting bond. This tape is ideal for
bonding parts without the need for clamping or the mess
associated with liquid adhesives.
Alamotape 5202 Tacky Thermoset has excellent initial
tack and peel strength at room temperature—outperforming
tapes. With added
heat and pressure, the
adhesive then cures to
an even higher bond
strength. It is ideally
suited for thermoforming
of dissimilar and low
surface energy substrates.
“The addition of this new product platform and these
products reflect our new tagline, ‘Breakthrough Solutions
that Stick’ and our commitment to continue to produce innovative
products that address the common challenges our
customers face when adhering similar and dissimilar substrates
together,” said Dave Rosen, President of Alamotape.
To learn more, visit www.alamotape.com/applications/
For more information, contact Dave Rosen, Alamotape™, 6110 Rittiman Rd., San Antonio, TX 78218, 800-549-9860/210-798-1902, E-mail: email@example.com,
Parts for Thermoformers
You know where to
get new parts for
your thermoformer -
everything from a
Servo Motor on your
Sencorp 2500 Ultra to
Treadle Link Arms for
your LR5 TSL Vertical
Press. But where do
you find a heater
panel for your Comet Meteor, or a Clamp Cylinder for
your Heartland Single Station? Original Equipment Manufacturers
can't stock parts for “Classic”, out of business
thermoforming machine builders as they might sell one
per year nationwide. But Thermoformer Parts Suppliers
has made a living out of keeping records on these out of
operation thermoformers, including several like General
Plastics Machinery, Plasti-Vac, ZMD, and Schuman that
have quit functioning in the last several years.
Of course, they also sell upgrades and modifications,
along with maintenance parts to compete with the
OEM’s that are still in business. But, for the old stuff,
they have your back, no one else understands this older
equipment like TPS. They have over 80 years of experience
in these “Classic” and newer formers.
The next time that you want to know what to do when
your quartz tube goes out on your GPM, or your roller
bearing falls off of your PVI, give them a call
For more information, contact Brad Moore, TPS LLC, 3818
Terry Diane, Beaverton, MI 48612, 800-722-2997 /989-435-3800, Fax: 989-435-3825, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.thermoformerparts.com.
C64S is 100%
With a 72” x 48”
size, the single
is equipped with
variable speed programmable platens (32” stroke top/27”
stroke bottom), quartz upper and quartz lower ovens and
an electric sheet car index. Additional features include
Allen Bradley PLC controls, adjustable clamp frames, 46
independent oven zones (23 zones per oven half), infrared
pyrometer in the upper oven, safety/sag eye in the lower
oven, air and vacuum memory positioning valves, oversized
vacuum tank, high velocity cooling fans and an air conditioned
MAAC Machinery is the world’s largest thermoforming
machinery manufacturer focusing exclusively on
cut-sheet thermoforming applications. They design and
manufacture the highest quality shuttle and rotary
thermoforming machines specializing in vacuum forming,
pressure forming, twin sheet forming and a wide
variety of automotive OEM and custom thermoforming
MAAC also offer trade-in deals for your out of date
equipment so you can benefit and enjoy the latest technological
advancements a MAAC machine has to offer.
For more information, contact Paul Alongi, MAAC Machinery,
590 Tower Blvd., Carol Stream, IL 60188, 630-665-1700, Fax: 630-665-7799, E-mail: email@example.com,
New & Used
Thermoformers & Routers
new and used
Plastimach is an excellent source for buying and selling
late model equipment nationwide. Their experience as a
buyer and seller of used equipment provides us the ability
to understand the used marketplace on a day- to-day
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.plastimach.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
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: email@example.com, Web: www.amanatool.com.
Primex Plastics offers the Tuff-X family of products.
Tuff-X, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a compounded
alloy of polypropylene, elastomers and mineral
fillers. TPO has advanced a great deal over the last several
years and is much easier to process and provides exceptional
properties. Tuff-X offers a unique balance of
stiffness and low thermal expansion contraction (CLTE)
as well as excellent impact, weatherability and chemical
resistance. Primex offers Tuff-X in a variety of constructions
with Flex Modulus ranging from 280,000 PSI up to
500,000 PSI. The material
is available in an
ultra-low gloss up to
their extreme gloss
with excellent depth
of image. Custom colors
and a variety of
surfaces and soft
touch feels are also
plastic sheet using
ABS, polypropylene and polyester in addition to
an assortment of specialty products to serve a wide range
of industries. Primex is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICC
For more information, contact Tim Schultz, Primex
Plastics Corporation, 1235 North F Street, Richmond, IN
47374, 800-222-5116/765-973-0108, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.primexplastics.com.