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WARTHOG CNC ROUTERS has introduced the SXL ATC series, which features an automatic tool changer spindle.


Available as a single-phase 230-volt or a 3-phase, 240-volt unit, the routers feature a 5-hp spindle (which can be upgraded), servo motors and drives, linear rails on all axes, ball screw drive on the Z axis, an automatic Z axis height setting probe, and a control panel mounted to the table frame. They offer full 3D file processing capability, according to Warthog. The company offers nine table configurations, ranging from 24" x 36" ($15,995) to 72" x 120" ($32,995), and custom sizes are available. Each machine is sold with "free" CAD/CAM software. Contact: Warthog CNC Routers, 8801 Consolidated Dr., Soddy Daisy, TN37379. Tel: 866-811-8139.


PLIADUCT, manufactured by Flexaust, is a "bend and stay" type of flexible plastic duct, according to the company. The PVC product fits nozzles, funnels or fittings, and with a simple twist, the inside diameter can be increased by as much as 25 percent. Pliaduct is a wireless, flame-retardant duct, ideal for spot cooling applications, and other permanent or temporary installations, according to the company. Pliaduct is offered with plain ends in 2" to 6" diameters in 25' lengths and 8" to 12" diameters in 10' lengths. The cost is about $2.95 per ft.Contact: Flexaust, 1510 Armstrong Rd., P.O. Box, Warsaw, IN46581-4275. Tel: 800-343-0428.


TABLE-TOP CNC ROUTER, from Techno Inc., is the newest addition to the company's LC Series. Model 3024 has a work envelope of 30" x 24" x 5" and is equipped with Techno's closed-loop servo motor drives. In addition, it comes complete with Techno's Windows-based G-Code Interface that is upgradable free for the life of the machine, according to the company. It can be equipped with a variety of spindles and accessories, including automatic tool changer, laser scanner, fourth axis rotary table, and a variety of clamps. Contact: Techno Inc., 2101 Jericho Turnpike, Box 5416, New Hyde Park, NY11042-5416. Tel: 516-328-3970.


SOUNDVISION SAFETY GLASSES, from FullPro Protective Gear, are designed to be worn with earmuff-style hearing protection. While ordinary safety glasses break earmuffs seals, causing pressure points against the skull and reducing protection, SoundVision eliminates the pinching and improves protection by 3 to 7 decibels by attaching to the outer surface of earmuffs with flexible straps, according to the company. The result is full and comfortable protection of both eyes and ears, and increased use and compliance. SoundVision is available in clear, amber and smoke tints for $19.95. Contact: FullPro Protective Gear, 3000 United Founders Blvd., Suite 103G, Oklahoma City, OK73112. Tel: 888-873-8557.


ARTCAM EXPRESS, from Delcam, is an entry-level software package (used to produce the sign in the picture) for 2D and 3D design and manufacturing. The software requires little or no machining knowledge, making it the perfect option for any new router owner, according to Delcam. Unique software tools guide the user through the entire process, from conceptual sketch to the finished piece or mould. It's suitable for engraving, metal cutting, woodworking and, of course, sign-making. ArtCAM Express sells for about $1,200. Contact: Delcam, 275 E. South Temple, Suite 305, Salt Lake City, UT84111. Tel: 888-393-6455.

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