Simulate Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) Machines with VERICUT
CGTech has partnered with Thermwood to simulate both the additive 3-D printing and subtractive machining capabilities of their LSAM machines.
LSAM is a new technology for large scale 3D printing of thermoplastic polymers. Thermwood’s LSAM machines utilize unique patented technology to produce the highest quality thermoplastic polymer printed structures available. The machines feature both additive and subtractive heads to accommodate printing and trimming of large scale “near net shape” parts on the same machine.
Thermwood recently introduced an all new LSAM additive manufacturing machine model, called LSAM MT (“Moving Table”), this new machine offers an all new configuration and significant advantages in certain applications. It features a single fixed gantry mounted over a moving table at a dramatically lower price than standard LSAM system. Both systems can process high temperature polymers which are ideal for autoclave capable tooling or compression molds for thermoset materials.
VERICUT CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates all types of CNC machining, additive, and hybrid manufacturing processes to verify that the finished part matches the intended engineered design. With VERICUT, NC programmers and operators see exactly how machines behave, including any unexpected motions, incorrectly used additive or machining functions, or potential machine crashes- BEFORE they can occur on the real machine. VERICUT’s Additive module simulates both additive 3-D printing and traditional machining capabilities of hybrid CNC machines to verify that the full manufacturing process will work, and the finished part matches the intended engineered design. VERICUT simulates adding or cutting, in any sequence, making it the perfect solution for verification, simulation and optimization of Thermwood’s industrial LSAM machines.
Simply put- VERICUT is the most comprehensive software ‘insurance policy’ you can have for these CNC machines!
Simulations using both the additive (left) and subtractive (right) heads of the dual gantry model can be seen below.
Thermwood is the oldest manufacturer of highly flexible, 3 & 5 axis high-speed machining centers, and has become the technology leader in large scale additive manufacturing of thermoplastic composite molds, tooling, patterns and parts with its line of LSAM machines. To learn more about Thermwood’s LSAM machines, click here.