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‘Artie’ is behind Thermwood’s Cut Ready


Thermwood introduced Artie at IWF 2018, a nickname for the artificial intelligence – a computer that learns - inside the company’s Cut Ready 43 CNC.

“Simply tell Artie what you want, and he creates the program to make it. Whether you are wanting to create cabinets, doors, moldings or furniture, Artie will program it for you,” says Jason Susnjara, Thermwood’s vice president of marketing.

“These are not pre-programmed libraries. No part programs exist in the control until Artie creates them. He is already capable of programming tens of millions of unique products and is constantly learning how to make and do more and more new things. Artie is easy enough that virtually anyone can work with him with little or no training.”

The standard Cut Ready 43 is equipped with a 5’ x 8’ table, a 21-position tool changer and a vacuum hold-down system. Additional table sizes and options are available.

“Working with Thermwood’s Cut Ready can benefit custom woodworkers by taking away all of the hassle and time required to learn new software additional technical skills,” adds Susnjara.

“With the other guys, you are on your own. Everything needed to make it work from creating the CNC programs to selecting the tooling is your responsibility. You’ll either need to learn to program the machine yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Over time, this can add up to a lot of money, and if that person decides to leave, you have to start all over.“

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This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue.

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