Designed for the routing and stack machining of large sheet material such as fiberboard (MDF), particleboard and plywood


Complete three axis CNC routing system to machine nested upholstered frame parts from sheet stock. The moving gantry, fixed table with roller hold down system is designed for routing and stack machining.
Available Table Sizes:  5'x10' (1.5m x 3.0m), 5'x12' (1.5mx3.6m), 5'x16' (1.5mx4.8m), 5'x20' (1.5mx6.0m)

  • 18 HP HSD Spindle (3,000-24,000 RPM).
  • Fixed Solid Aluminum Table with Moving Gantry)
  • Roller Hold Down System
  • Automatic Load/Unload System (Optional)
  • Automatic Lubrication (Optional)
  • Automatic Tool Length Measurement (Optional)
  • Three-Dimensional Laser Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Control Nesting
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives Throughout
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Machine Training and Installation
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Machine Standard Features

  • 18 HP (13 kw) Spindle

    18 HP (13 kw) Spindle

    The 18HP (13 kw) spindle (3,000 to 20,000 programmable RPM). Accepts HSK F63 toolholders as well as Thermwood Aggregates and is equipped with an electric fan. Standard

  • Roller Hold Down System

    Roller Hold Down System

    Roller Hold Down System is a series of urethane covered steel rollers which are pressed to the spoilboard by air cylinders. the router travels between the rollers during the machining operation. This system works well with rough plywood or stacked sheets of material. Standard

  • Automatic Lubrication

    Automatic Lubrication

    Provides positive pressure, air/oil lubrication to the linear trackway bearings and the ball screws  This has two major benefits:  First, it eliminates the lubrication points which must be servided each shift.  Second, it provides positive pressure to the bearing, preventing contamination from entering the bearing.  This allows the machine to function in difficult, dusty or hostile environments. Standard

  • Control Nesting

    Control Nesting

    A user-friendly nesting package integrated into the Thermwood control to nest various parts into sheet stock, thus creating a better yield. Also accepts layered DXF files. Standard

  • Volumetric Laser Compensated Axis Alignment

    Volumetric Laser Compensated Axis Alignment

    The machine is calibrated in all axes using a three-dimensional volumetric laser interferometer. This type of calibration is the most sophisticated and most accurate available today resulting in machines that are extremely accurate. Others may use single axis calibration (not nearly as good) and others may not calibrate at all. Uncalibrated machines can generate dimensional errors that can become a real problem. Standard

  • QCore SuperControl

    QCore SuperControl

    The Thermwood QCore SuperControl is a feature rich, high performance CNC control system. Thermwood, the only major CNC router manufacturer that designs and builds its own CNC control, is a leader in implementing advanced control technology. As a result, Thermwood has been granted more patents on CNC router technology than all other CNC router manufactures in the world, combined. Standard

  • Machine Training

    Machine Training

    We are by your side during your 5 Day training course at our modern, state of the art center (devoted specifically to educating our customers). This is, by far, the fastest and most efficient way to learn. Our machine operator/programmer courses are located adjacent to the machine training lab, where students complete the prescribed projects on a specific training machine utilized only for training purposes. Then, when it comes time for practical applications on a full sized machine, Thermwood's training lab is equipped with a CabinetShop 45 outfitted with all major options and features. Real production-type parts are cut. What a confidence builder!  Standard

Machine Options

  • Automatic Load/Unload System

    Automatic Load/Unload System

    An automatic load/unload system is available to automate the process of loading the sheet material onto the machine table and automatically off-loading the parts to a sorting table upon completion. Optional

  • 2nd Head Spindle

    2nd Head Spindle

    A second head can be added to allow simultaneous machining of two parts. The second spindle includes a complete tool slide, second servo-controlled Z-Axis assembly and 24"(600mm) space bar. (Note: Bar Style tool changer cannot be used with this option). At the head Tool Automatic Tool Changer is also available for both heads. Optional

  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor

    Automatic Tool Length Sensor

    Provides an automatic method of measuring tool length and entering tool length offset numbers into the control.  This automatically compensates for the new tool length, eliminating the need to precisely locate the cutter bit.  It provides a highly accurate method of adjusting tool length for pocketing or profile edges. Optional

  • Pop-Up Pins

    Pop-Up Pins

    Guides mounted to the table perimeter for locating sheets of material. They are flipped to the up position to locate the material and then retracted to clear the area during the machining cycle. Optional

  • Electric Drill

    Electric Drill

    The Electric Drill is a compact, high-powered drill which will provide the user with a useful tool for light and medium duty drilling. Optional

  • Programmable Head Spacing

    Programmable Head Spacing

    This allows dual headed machines to vary the space between the heads from 24" to 36". Optional

  • Lift Table

    Lift Table

    The Lift Table is a scissor lift attached to the front of the machine. it holds the stock material just above the machine table and allows for the material to be loaded with the Automatic Load/Unload System.. Optional

  • Pause Mats

    Pause Mats

    Placed around the front perimeter of the machine.  Once the mat is stepped on, the machine will stop operation. Optional

  • Vacuum Pump

    Vacuum Pump

    Universal Vacuum System is a unique method for holding panels to the table top for machining.  A sheet of particleboard or low density MDF is used as a work surface on the top fo the table.  The high flow pump vacuums through the work surface, holding the part to the table.  Pumps are available as 15HP (11kw).  Conventional vacuum also available. Optional


Thermwood Model 53 (FrameBuilder) 5'x10' with Auto Load/Unload

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