Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Torchmate Introduces Routermate CNC Router

Torchmate has unveiled the Routermate CNC router system, available in sizes from a 2ft x 4ft cutting surface to a 10ft x 40ft cutting surface. Torchmate's research and development team examined the pre-existing design and fabrication of the CNC router pinpointing vulnerable construction points and correcting them in their structural plan. To maintain rigidity, the Z-axis bearings are located at the bottom of the axis plate, and do not move away from the material as the Z-axis moves the travelling distance of 8.5in.

The standard version of the Routermate is equipped with stepper motors. Servos are available as an option. All drive systems are completely gear driven, with the exception of the Z-axis that is a recirculating ball-screw drive. The Y and Z axes have 24 bearings each for linear rigidity, and the X-axis runs on 16 cam follower type bearings. These CNC router tables are available as a complete bolt-together kit, or fully assembled Y and Z axes can be purchased separately as the consumer builds their own table.

X-axis rails can be purchased separately for easy mounting of the gantry to the table. The Routermate gantry comes from the factory fully assembled. The Routermate's table is adjustable in height from 6in to 34in. In addition to this vertical adjustment, each of the table cross slat brackets is adjustable to the left and right, allowing side clamping of larger parts. The cross slats can also be mounted vertically by adjusting the end brackets. This can be used to reduce deflection when used with heavier materials.

The table has additional independent vertical stops to allow just one person to change the height quickly and securely. All the surfaces of the cross brackets are T-slotted for clamping work on any surface. The Routermate's Z-axis can accept various attachments with four mounting holes on a 0.75in-thick retractable main plate. Routermate accessories and software provide a way of minimising debris and dust, producing superior surface finishes, and achieving accurate cuts, said Torchmate. The dust collection option includes ducting and a vinyl skirt for containing fragments.

The spray mist coolant system is useful when cutting material that heats up and can benefit from lubrication using a vegetable-based water-soluble oil. Other attachments include a drilling and tapping system, and the ability to add a plasma cutter to the Routermate. Several software options are available for the Routermate. Routermate driver software is capable of starting and stopping the router motor, coolant and dust collection systems for a fully automated process.

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