Held this March 12-14, at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition park, JEC World will present an opportunity to meet the worldwide composites industry dedicated entirely to the development of know-how and business connections channels and platforms supporting its growth and promotion.
Thermwood Corporation, located in Southern Indiana and established in 1969, offers both 3- and 5-axis CNC machining centres ideally suited for the production, fabrication and trimming of composites and other advanced materials. These applications range from machining patterns and moulds/plugs to trimming and machining production products for various industries.
Thermwood also offers a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system for 3D printing reinforced thermoplastic composite materials for producing industrial tooling, moulds, patterns, masters, plugs and fixtures. The LSAM can perform both the additive and subtractive functions on the same machine. This approach, called Near-Net shape, uses carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic material to quickly create a part that is nearly, but not exactly, the final net shape.
The subtractive function then machines the part to the exact final net shape. The build envelope for the LSAM starts at 10ft wide - 5ft tall - up to 100ft in length. The LSAM has printed a variety of materials including ABS, PPS, PSU, PESU, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Ultem and more, all with varying percentages of carbon fibre fill. The LSAM can print from 190lbs up to 570lbs per hour.