Thermwood adds dual-table CNC router

18_tools_techThermwood Corp. has introduced the MTR 30DT dual-table CNC router for machine-paced panel processing. Designed for jobs that require multiple tools and dual tables for nonstop production, the machine is configured with two stationary 61” x 121” high-flow vacuum tables with dual programmable part locators.

Product manager Dennis Palmer describes the MTR 30DT as sharing some of the key features of the company’s other CNC machines such as drive routers, router motors and overall design. However, this router offers a true machine-based operation.

“What other companies offer — and what we used to offer — was a 5’-wide, 20’-long table with the tools located all the way at the end of the table. This particular machine has the tool-change rack in between the two tables, which in the end results in increased work efficiency. If it has to change tools on the far end, it doesn’t have to travel back to the end of the machine. It goes to the center of the machine,” says Palmer.

Specific percentages of production increase depend on the number of tool changes required by the end user. It’s particularly suited for medium- to high-volume shops.

The MTR 30DT also features a 12-hp spindle with an automatic tool-changing system that includes both fixed and at-the-head tooling for a total of 20-tool positions for routing applications. It also includes a drill bank with both horizontal and vertical drills, available with up to 25 spindles.

The controls can read data from any major CAD program. It’s sold with Thermwood’s Control Nesting software and a DXF file convertor. The control has a 1-terabyte hard disk for program storage and is enclosed in a dust-protected, air-conditioned cabinet.

The MTR 30DT sells for about $150,000.

Contact: Thermwood Corp. Tel: 800-533-6901. www.thermwood.com

This article originally appeared in the May 2012 issue.

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