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Nested-Based Solution

Stiles observed that nested-based CNC routing continues to gain momentum as an efficient manufacturing process, but their customers needed a cost-effective solution in today’s economic climate. Stiles shared their customers’ requests with Weeke Maschinenbau to engineer an entry-level CNC router. Stiles has been Weeke’s exclusive distributor in the United States for over 20 years. The outcome of these collaborative efforts is the Weeke Vantech series of CNC routers.

But German engineering alone didn’t fulfill the expectation of Stiles and their customers. By manufacturing in the States, they could build machines for less without factors such as fluctuating exchange rates and international shipping costs. So they established Weeke North America to provide a router with German engineered quality at an American-made price.

Primarily designed for nested-based machining, the Vantech series of routers incorporates the advantages of Weeke performance at an affordable price. Available in 4' x 8', 5' x 10' and 5' x 12' table sizes, all of the models are constructed with an extremely durable foundation to accommodate the CNC router’s high-speed capabilities while ensuring the machine’s longevity. Windows-based programming software is a standard feature for maximum flexibility and easy integration with popular design packages. Other features include Quik-Pod system for added flexibility, dual drive gantry, and pneumatic positioning pins.

For more information, contact Amanda Dombek, Stiles Machinery Inc., 3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, 616-698-7500, Fax: 616-698-7521, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #7535, 7935, 8135, 8155

Complete Plastics Line

Vortex Tool Company, Inc. offers a complete selection of router tooling dedicated to the plastics industry with hundreds of standard tool designs in stock and ready for immediate shipment. All plastics tooling feature polished flutes and come in a wide range of tool geometries for various grades and styles of plastics routing. Vortex continuously tests bits in-house for both customers and plastics manufacturers to ensure its tooling meets the needs of the ever-changing marketplace.

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 Jelinek Avenue, Schofield, WI 54476, 800-355-7708, Fax: 715-355-7353, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #6556

New Router Line

Biesse America & Canada, a leading provider of high-tech woodworking, glass and stone systems, announces the exhibition of the KLEVER at IWF 2012.

The Klever line features a monolithic steel bridge frame that offers rigidity, reliability and accuracy. It is a true PC based CNC machine that features for the X-axes dual helical rack and pinion and double Yaskawa drives. The Y-axes is also driven by helical rack and pinion technology providing higher performances. Get the maximum return on your investment with this affordable, flexible and user-friendly machine that combines strength and quality at an affordable price.

For more information, Gerri Yarbrough, Biesse America, 4110 Meadow Oak Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208, 704-357-3131, Fax: 704-357-3130, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #6735 & 6769

High Performance CNC

MultiCam® Inc. introduces the 7000 Series CNC Router as the ultimate in high-performance CNC machining. Designed for high-speed, heavy-duty routing, the global CNC cutting machine manufacturer can configure this system with up to four independent Z-axis carriages or heavy-duty spindles and drill banks for multifunction panel processing.

Features include steel-plate base frame, 25- and 35- mm linear ball-bearing profile rails for maximum stiffness, user-friendly EZ Control® operator interface, 3000-IPM rapid traverse, automatic tool calibration and high-speed three-axis motion controller. The 7000 Series Router includes 12 MB memory, unlimited file-size transfer capabilities and standard Ethernet or RS232 direct connection. Add an optional automatic tool changer to reduce job times, improve accuracy and reduce setup errors.

Heavy-duty plate frame construction and a space-saving, moving-gantry design make the 7000 Series a robust, commercial-grade machine for today’s competitive manufacturing environment. It comes in a broad range of spindle configurations and standard table sizes from 50" x 100" to 80" x 360".

For more information, contact John Harris, MultiCam LP, 1025 West Royal Lane, DFW Airport, TX 75261, 972-929-4070, Fax: 972-929-4071, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #7020

Vertical Panel Saws

STRIEBIG vertical panel saws from Switzerland have a renowned reputation for quality and precision cutting in sheet plastic including polyethylene, polypropylene, polycarbonates, polyamide, PVC, acrylics, thermoset materials and solid surface materials. STRIEBIG panel saws are safe, easy to operate, and take up a minimal amount of floor space compared to horizontal saws, especially for larger sheets. STRIEBIG offers the most complete range of machines with five models, each with a wide variety of frame sizes from 5’x 10’ up to 10’ x 30’ and cutting depths up to 3 1/8”. The COMPACT model offers STRIEBIG precision in a basic manual machine, but with many available accessories. It is available with automatic travel in the COMPACT AV model. The STANDARD model is a more powerful machine and available with a full-wood back support panel for thinner material. The newer top-of-the-line CONTROL model, which will be available at IWF Booth# 6713 for live demos, is a fully automatic machine with touch-screen controls, digital measuring, the full-wood back support, automatic set-up features, and new optional programmable trimming, measuring and cutting.

For more information, contact Dave Bull, Colonial Saw, Inc., P.O. Box A, Kingston, MA 02364, 888-777-2729/781-585-4364, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #6713

Balanced at 60,000 RPM

LMT Onsrud LP, a leading manufacturer of solid carbide cutting tools, introduces balanced single flute spiral cutting tools to run at RPMs as high as 60,000.

Manufacturers that specialize in marketing CNC routers for the sign industry have incorporated high speed spindles into their design. Most of these spindles turn up to 60,000 RPM compared to standard router spindle speeds of 24,000 RPM. The advantages of high spindle speeds is an increase in feed rates in plastic, aluminum and wood sheet material, which are commonly utilized in the sign industry.

Multiple flute tools are naturally balanced by design, but in some cases, single flute spiral tools are not. Single flute spiral tools are naturally unbalanced due to the location and amount of the carbide that is removed during the grinding process. LMT Onsrud has developed a method to balance single flute spiral tools by engineering design and a specialized manufacturing process.

“The market is demanding a balanced single flute spiral cutting tool. We listened to the customer and now are offering balanced tools up to 60,000 RPM” explains, Jennifer Neubauer, Marketing Manager, LMT Onsrud LP. The offering is part of LMT Onsrud’s standard product line of upcut and downcut spiral ‘O’ flutes for soft plastics, hard plastics and acrylics.

For more information, contact Jennifer Neubauer, LMT Onsrud LP, 1081 S. Northpoint Blvd., Waukegan, IL 60085, 847-932-0269, Fax: 800-557-6720, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #5434

3- & 5-Axis Routers

Diversified Machine Systems, a leading U.S. manufacturer of 3- and 5-axis CNC routers and machining centers, announced that they will have a significant presence at the 2012 International Woodworking Fair and be exhibiting at the 21st Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference. Both DMS, and their subsidiary Freedom Machine Tool, will be exhibiting at IWF and each company will feature live CNC machining demonstrations on site. DMS will also be at the SPE Thermoforming Conference in September.

Diversified Machine Systems will be giving IWF attendees a first look at a new 3-axis CNC router that has been developed specifically to address OSHA dust collection requirements for the woodworking market. They also offer 3- and 5-axis router configurations that are ideal for cutting plastics and non-ferrous metals. At SPE, DMS will be showcasing their full product line through digital media and online presentations.

Freedom Machine Tool will be highlighting their popular Patriot router with the new Lathe option, which is ideal for a multitude of woodworking applications and solutions. FMT also has models available that are well suited to plastic sheet fabrication.

For more information, contact Ed Hilligrass, Diversified Machine Systems, 719-226-5066, E-mail:, Web: or DMS IWF Booth #7012 / SPE Booth #516; FMT IWF Booth #6913

Diamond Edge Polisher

AWED Corp. introduces the ARIA2B high capacity diamond edge polisher for all types of acrylic and other composite materials. The heavy construction of this polisher means vibration is minimized providing a transparent polish finish.

The cutter was designed exclusively for the ARIA2B and compliments the design of the machine. The operator can bevel up to 46 degrees by using the touch control screen without any other adjustment to the clamp bridge or cutter motor carriage.

With the ARIA2B you can tilt, clamp and go at the fastest travel speed of any polisher made.

The machine is available with a standard 5-foot long and 4" high polishing capacity and a 0 to 46 degree beveling position. It has single-phase 220-volt operation or 220v 3 phase and comes complete with an excellent chip collection system and cooling effect.

Mills, Bits & Diamond Edge Polishing
AWED also carries Euracryl tooling, by far the most versatile in the industry. The end mills, router bits and diamond edge polishing cutters are of the highest quality and compliments the repair and sharpening service made by the original manufacturers of the tooling.

Be awed by Euracryl’s performance end mills, from Carbide to mono-crystalline diamond bits, from bottom, edge and radius to V finish with Victory on all types of Plastic/Acrylic sheets.

For more information, contact Victor Miranda, AWED Corp., 1175 Buford Highway, Suite 101, Suwanee, GA 30024, 770-831-9800, Fax: 770-831-7404, E-mail:, Web: IWF Booth #7585

Bits for Composites

Amana Tool, manufacturer of industrial-quality carbide tipped, solid carbide and replacement carbide cutting tools, announced availability of its solid carbide roughing spiral multi-flute router bits. With the bits, users can cut abrasive materials such as carbon fiber, Trespa® and fiberglass. The new router bits are ideal for industrial applications, including manufacturing airplanes and boats, using CNC and table-mounted router machines. Amana’s unique multi-flute router bit geometry helps prevent chip out on the top of the material by pushing chips down during the cutting pass. Made from a special carbide grade, the bits last longer than standard router bits, especially when working with abrasive materials. The superior performance also ensures CNC users the most yield from each sheet of material. Frank Misiti, technical director with

Amana Tool, said, “Router bit durability is a major concern for manufacturers and other users working with abrasive materials. Amana Tool’s exclusive carbide grade and unique router bit geometry not only create a better, more accurate cut, they help bits last longer, saving both time and materials.” Amana’s roughing spiral multi-flute router bits are available in 1/4” and 1/2” diameters.

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:, Web: IWF Booth #5147

Plastics for Cabinets and Furniture

From outdoor kitchens and living spaces, to partitions and casegoods, to antimicrobial healthcare environments, King Plastic’s contemporary colors, rich finishes and environmentally friendly materials will help you bring your imagination to life.

King StarBoard®ST is a special scratch resistant, environmentally stabilized, high density polyethylene sheet that outperforms wood products in commercial and outdoor environments. The sheet is made using King Plastic’s proprietary K-Stran® process and will not rot, swell, splinter or delaminate when exposed to humidity or water. Cabinets and furniture made using StarBoard ST are easy to clean, resistant to the harshest chemicals and never need refinishing. Many cabinetmakers are using the material for indoor applications like boxes for sinks and anywhere there is potential for water damage.

“Our original StarBoard has proven itself for over two decades in the most severe marine environments on the finest boats and yachts,” says Jeff King, president of King Plastic Corpora - tion. “We are pleased to bring a sheet material with marine-grade toughness that creates new business opportunities to cabinet and furniture makers.”

King StarBoard ST can be fabricated using common woodworking tools and techniques with joint strength four-times stronger than MDF, according to company testing. Cabinetry made using the material qualifies for LEED Green Building Rating System points.

For more information, contact Lou Stegner, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, Florida 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274, Email:, Web: IWF Booth #1321

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