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AWFS Spotlight

Architectural Products

King Plastic Corporation, a leading manufacturer of polymer sheets, slabs and massive shapes will exhibit at the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® AWFS® Fair held July 17–20, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. King Plastic will showcase its popular product brands: King StarBoard® ST, King DuraStyle® and ColorBoard®.

The polymer sheets will not rust, delaminate or rot when exposed to UV, humidity or water. It is one of their most scratch resistant polymers, making it an excellent construction material for cabinetry, furniture and architectural partitions. The polymer sheet never needs painting or refinishing, works like wood and is easy to fabricate using common woodworking tools and techniques.

“Cabinet and furniture manufacturers can build an outdoor living space for customers that want a super tough material that lasts a lifetime,” said Michael Fabbri, National Sales Manager of King Plastic. “Our products work like wood and are easy to fabricate with common woodworking tools.”

For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274, E-mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 5902

3- & 5-Axis CNC Routers

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

The Thermwood Multi-Purpose Five Axis Series combines all the elements needed for trimming formed parts, patterns and molds using 5-axis simultaneous motions. The Multi-Purpose 67 is an entry-level 5-axis machining center specifically developed for three-dimensional machining, available with a variety of either single or dual moving aluminum table sizes depending on throughput. The Multi-Purpose 90 is a heavy-duty 5-axis designed for high-speed trimming and pattern machining, available in single or dual moving aluminum tables. It is capable of full 5-axis simultaneous motions with extremely fast accelerations.

Thermwood is a U.S. based company with dealers and distributors worldwide. In addition to machine manufacturing and software development, Thermwood has a technical service organization that provides support, machine installation, training, retrofits, custom programming and production assistance.

For more information, contact Jason Susnjara, Thermwood Corporation, 904 Buffaloville Rd., Dale, IN 47523, 800-533-6901, Fax: 812-937-2956, E-mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 7425 SPE Booth # 516/518

Tooling for Softer Plastics

The new Series 9900 Double Edge “O” Flute Upcut Spiral tooling from Vortex Tool Company is ideal for increased finishes on softer plastics such as HDPE, ABS, UHMW, solid surface, polycarbonate 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 services.

For more information, contact Mike Serwa, Vortex Tool Company, 5605 East Jelinek Ave., Schofield, WI 54476, 800-355-7708/715-355-7707, Fax: 715-355-7353 E-mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 7710

CNC Edge Polishing

Eliminate the finishing of edges by hand with the latest in CNC polishing technology. The EURACRYL ABP 310 Edge Polisher can produce flat edges from a matte finish to high gloss polish on acrylics, polycarbonates, and visual plastics, and also chamfer edges.

Stiles Machinery’s EURACRYL ABP 310 machines are CNC-controlled edge polishers for manufacturing components made of plastics, including acrylic. It’s designed to eliminate manual labor; the machine brings value as a standalone machine or a component of a work cell.

The EURACRYL ABP 310 frame is integrated with patented SorbTech mineral composite material. This “steel of tomorrow” is capable of withstanding the increased demand on machine dynamics while providing a low vibration, stable machine construction – resulting in higher quality finished parts, longer tool life, and less manual labor.

The machine features a 10' working field. The openended table design of the ABP 310 allows for machining of parts longer than 10' (in 2 cycles). Parts can be stacked up to the maximum processing height of the machine, further enhancing the efficiency and throughput of the machine.

For more information, contact James Swanson, Stiles Machinery, 3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, 616-698-7500, E-mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 7457/8057

Digital Fabrication Tools

For over 20 years, ShopBot Tools has continued with the mission of making digital fabrication tools widely accessible and user-friendly. They’re fulfilling this mission by providing a wide range of tool sizes and by supporting the success of each user with a range of services such as technical support, an active online forum, and production support services.

Their tools provide the power, precision, and reliability of big-iron CNC tools costing thousands of dollars more. You can machine, cut, and carve into a variety of materials including wood, MDF, plastics, foam, and aluminum. For power and high precision in a small footprint, look to their popular and affordable ShopBot Desktop and Desktop MAX. They’re being used in countless industries and educational settings. Their full-size shop tools, such as the PRSalpha 96 x 48 (and larger), are at work everywhere from small businesses to large factory settings. They are easily configured and can be reconfigured to meet your evolving production needs.

ShopBot also announced the launch of its Subscription CNC program, emphasizing a simple, straightforward service that makes it easy to put a ShopBot CNC tool to work for your business. For one monthly payment, Subscribers can put a Handibot® Smart Power Tool, ShopBot Desktop, ShopBot Desktop MAX, or ShopBot Buddy® tool into production and access ShopBot’s world-class team of trainers, web training resources, and in-house support. There are no shipping fees and no cancellation fees. Subscription terms start with a minimum three-month commitment.

Making CNC technology and tools accessible to everyone has been a commitment from ShopBot Tools since first starting in 1996. ShopBot continues to believe that even the ‘little guy’ should be able to successfully employ the capabilities of CNC - making small- to medium-size shops competitive in today’s market. “This is a service of a special kind available to individuals, companies, schools, and groups interested in having production assets at hand without distraction. When the subscription has served its function for you, and you’ve developed the resources and confidence for an investment, then you can cancel the subscription and build-out with equipment - now with a better understanding as to what you need,” explains Jeanne Taylor, ShopBot’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “There is no long-term obligation or cancellation fee. Subscribers can trade-up or down on tool size as necessary,” Taylor added.

ShopBot Tools Founder and CEO, Ted Hall summarizes, “Just like a traditional tool sale, we take responsibility for delivering tools that work and keep working. Subscription CNC is a new kind of accessibility that can help a small shop, program, a group, or an individual jump-start their work. It is our plan for making CNC even more obtainable to anyone who wants to make use of it.”

For more information, contact ShopBot Tools, Inc., 3333B Industrial Drive, Durham, NC 27704, 888-680-4466/919-680-4800, Fax: 919-680-4900, E-Mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 7468

Increased Z-Axis

Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), an OEM in Colorado Springs, Colorado will showcase cutting-edge woodworking technology and innovative designs at AWFS 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

DMS with display their subsidiary brand Freedom Machine Tool (FMT). This will be the company’s sixth year attending the show.

DMS will showcase their FMT Patriot 5x10 Plus CNC machine that is changing the game when it comes to rigidity and versatility. This machine offers up to 15” in Z-axis travel, unlike FMT’s traditional 5x10 machine.

The Plus model was specifically introduced to accommodate customers’ need for a machine with an increased Z-axis for larger projects. Additionally, the 5x10 Plus machine has a unique bridge that is from their D3 machines. With a heavier bridge means an increased Z axis clearance without sacrificing rigidity or quality.

The 5x10 FMT Plus machine is ideal for shops looking to expand their capabilities and improve throughput. The FMT Plus is available with either 10” or 15” of Z-axis travel and features an all-steel frame, precision motion components, absolute encoders, and includes a one-year free subscription to Autodesk ArtCAM software.

FMT product line was founded to address a need to the market for cost-effective, industrial-grade, three-axis CNC machining solutions. Each FMT router is built with industrial components that perform.

“DMS is excited to debut some advanced FMT Patriot machine options and features at the upcoming show,” said Ed Hilligrass, CSO/CMO at DMS. “These features will elevate the FMT product line, and we look forward to displaying these enhanced productivity options.”

DMS offers a variety of CNC router solutions and would be happy to discuss your production challenges.

For more information, contact William Oberg, Freedom Machine Tool by DMS CNC Routers, 1068 Elkton Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80907, 855-266-5064, Fax: 719-226-9810, E-Mail:, Web: AWFS Booth # 7265

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 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: frankm@, Web: AWFS Booth # 8633

Driverless Machining Center

CNC Factory’s new 2019 Python XPR is considered a fully loaded “driverless” machining center that does the thinking for the end-user in the plastic industry.

Featuring significant technological updates this machine epitomizes the concept of Industry 4.0. Now, the 2019 Python XPR models will feature third generation robotic loading with spoil board self-cleaning, hands-free robotic labeling and printing, laser measuring for precise depthcutting, and part-marking for post-production processes. Company owner Chris Corrales says he designed the machine for profitability, speed and ease of use, and with custom builds, we can tackle any thickness of plastic material.

“With only 15 minutes of safety training you are ready to go and as the parts come out, they tell you exactly what needs to happen with them. The learning curve of two months and having a dedicated operator that needs specific knowledge for operation is now a thing of the past for third generation machines,” said Corrales. Features includ a 12 hp HSD air-cooled spindle, 12-tool rapid fire rotary tool changer that changes tools in four seconds, direct helical rack and pinion gearing, and a dual layer high flow vacuum system. It operates in both manual and robotic mode and has robotic loading and unloading to eliminate heavy lifting.

All features are controlled with one monitor. An intuitive vacuum hold and position system alerts operators when the vacuum is not ready.

The Driverless Python XPR has a base price of $74,900 for the 4x8 model and is available in larger and customized table sizes. All sales include CNC Factory University training and life-long customer support.

For more information, contact Chris Corrales, CNC Factory, 2001 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705, 714- 581-5999, E-mail:, Web: www. AWFS Booth # 7414/9082

Demanding Flexibility & Performance

The Morbidelli N100 is a fully equipped, economically priced CNC router designed and engineered for machining advanced materials including plastic and composites. Equipped with a 5’ x 12’ multifunction phenolic work table and a variety of heavy-duty working units, this machine is designed for demanding applications. It provides outstanding edge finish for all types of plastics and high performance engineering materials and more. Due to the unique design and PRO-SPACE safety systems directly integrated, it requires less floor space and is accessible from all sides to place panels or small components on the work table.

Main features include: a rigid closed gantry frame with aluminum grid vacuum table; a prismatic linear guideway system/helical rack and pinion; a powerful 13 hp 24,000 RPM electrospindle; a 14 position tool changer (HSK 63F) with touch probe; mobile PC control (Windows 7) with separate touch screen hand held device; a compact footprint with full safety systems for maximum operator protection and a full safety system with enclosure for spindle

For more information, contact Phil Bryant, SCM Group, 2475 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096, 404-759-3534, E-mail:, Web: www.scmgroup .com. AWFS Booth # 8600/8607

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