AXYZ CNC Routers and Knife Systems  

Burlington,  ON 
Canada
http://www.axyz.com
  • Booth: 3243


Visit AXYZ, #3243 featuring our TRIDENT Series machine.

AXYZ Automation Group is a leading global manufacturer of CNC routers, waterjets and knife systems. 

With more than 25 years experience and 366,918 machine configurations, AXYZ specializes in matching machines to our customer’s unique needs and budget. From simple to 2D profile-cut letters to complex 3D carvings and a variety of tools, AXYZ delivers all types of sign making applications.

Ask about our Trident Series- one of our most innovative machines in the print finishing industry today. For other CNC Routers, options and accessories, visit www.axyz.com

Brands: Trident: Developed for the Signs & Graphics industry.


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  • If you’re looking for another way to increase productivity and efficiency when using your CNC router, consider using a pneumatic drill. Powerful, lighter and with a longer shelf-life than most electric tools, the pneumatic drill is an investment worth making. In this tech tip, we’re going to go over some basic features and testing tips, so you can learn how to use it properly and safely for optimal performance.

    Why Choose a Pneumatic Drill?

    Usually, anything that is pneumatic means there is less risk of electrical shock or explosion. This safety feature is high on the list of reasons why you should choose pneumatic over electrical.  But another popular reason is the dramatic increase to your productivity.  With the AXYZ Pneumatic Drill, this is accomplished by:

    1. Adding an extra tool for the drilling process, thereby avoiding tool changes.
    2. Drilling much quicker than the Z axis motion of a drill installed in a spindle.

    How does it work?

    A pneumatic tool works through compressed air supplied by air compressor, with three airlines that operate it.  It’s very light and can be easily added to any A2MC controlled machine.

    The pneumatic drill shown below operates entirely on pneumatic control supplied from the carriage board:

    Important – The pneumatic drill will require at least 80 PSI (6 bar) of air pressure supplied through a 10 mm air line. The air supply must be clean and dry in order not to damage the pneumatic drill.

    Testing the Pneumatic Drill

    To ensure the drill is installed properly on your machine, take the time to perform the following steps:

    1. Press the green button on the front to test the drill manually. It should start spinning and feed downwards. While it’s running, make sure the air pressure does not drop more than 15 PSI, or about 1 bar during the drill cycle. It should also recover the pressure quickly.
    2. Cycle the drill several times in quick succession and watch the air pressure. If it drops and does not recover, then your air supply is insufficient.
    3. You can also use Function 840 to test the drill using the SMARTConsole. Enter Function 840 and the address ID of the carriage board, and then follow the prompts.

    If you can fire the drill both manually and by using Function 840, then the drill has been properly set up and configured.

    Time to Shop

    For the latest pneumatic tools and accessories, visit CNCRoutershop.

    If you have any questions, talk to a member of your local AXYZ Customer Care Team.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about adding a pneumatic drill to your Options inventory.

  • If you want to help reduce the global carbon footprint and need material that is considered eco-friendly, then look no further than recycled honeycomb. According to a 2017 report published by ResearchNester.com, the global sustainable packaging market is forecast to grow 7.5% by 2024. One of the largest drivers of this growth is consumer demand for sustainable product packaging. This makes recycled honeycomb an obvious choice to add to your materials inventory. Not only are you helping to mitigate a global problem, but your business growth will increase exponentially as new opportunities abound. In this tech tip, we’re going take a look at why recycled honeycomb is being hailed as the “material of the future” and how your business growth will increase by tapping into its potential.

    What is Recycled Honeycomb?

    Recycled honeycomb is basically recycled card and paper, most commonly used as a building and packing material. It’s printable, comes in a variety of thicknesses, from 8mm to 42mm, and can be processed on AXYZ CNC Routers.

    When you look at the structure of the material, you’ll instantly be reminded of a natural beehive. This is due to the layer of hollow cells between thin vertical walls, mainly hexagonal in shape or arranged in columns. Ideal for protecting goods and materials for shipping purposes, its low weight, high load capacity, and compressive strength also makes it useful in other areas, like point of sale (POP), furniture, display stands, automotive and the sporting goods sector.

    Global Impact

    Honeycomb packaging is replacing materials such as PUF, MDF, bubble wrap, EPE, EP foam, mineral wool and particle boards, among others. It’s been known to reduce raw material and logistics costs and increase energy efficiency in production. It’s a much easier material to process than other wood-based materials and is currently being recognized as the “material of the future”.

    Interesting Fact

    The Pantheon dome in Rome is a historical example of using honeycomb structures in its interior structural ribbing.

    Ready to cut?

    The best tools to use for processing recycled honeycomb are the tangential and oscillating knife tools. For straightforward profile cutting, the oscillating knife is the recommended solution as the ‘sawing’ action helps to create a clean-cut edge. Thicker sheets of recycled honeycomb can be folded into quite complex structures but this requires the fold lines to be cut with a 45-degree blade.

    Visit CNCRoutershop.com to select a blade that suits your needs, like the:

    • Tangential Knife (box cutter, 45° box cutter) 20 – 24m/min
    • Oscillating knife 4 – 8m/min

    Watch a quick video on the Trident Series machine cutting through Xanita, a brand of honeycomb fibreboard made of recycled used cardboard boxes. With the right machine and tools, you’ll see that cutting this versatile material is actually a very simple process.

    Questions?

    Contact your local Customer Care Support team and arrange for a customized demo today.

  • Have you ever tried to make a cake by mixing the wet and dry ingredients together, at the same time? Probably not. The strategy to making any cake-based dessert succeed is to separate the wet ingredients from the dry, and to bring a healthy appetite. Your CNC Router cutting strategy works in a similar way. Understand a few basic machine fundamentals, select the correct cutting tools and perform regular checkups. Add a dash of unfettered enthusiasm, and there you have it – a sure fire way of creating a cutting strategy that works best for you. In this tech tip, we’ll take a look at all the ingredients you’re going to need to ensure your cutting strategy is a hit every time.

    Step 1 – Learn the Fundamentals

    Take the time to understand how your machine is configured. Remember – vibration is the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Use a high-quality servo motor, a helical rack and pinion system to produce outstanding cut quality and reduce vibration levels.

    For further details, read How to Avoid Bad Cut Edges When Using CNC Routers– Part One

    Step 2 – Minimize Movement

    Before you start cutting, take a good look at your router deck – is it free of dust and chips? If not, start cleaning.  You’ll also need to use the right sacrificial board and examine it regularly, to check for cutter marks and ensure the surface is skimmed smoothly. Don’t forget to check for plumbing leaks.

    For more information, read How to Avoid Bad Cut Edges When Using CNC Routers – Part Two

    Step 3 – Choose the Perfect Cutter

    Confused about which cutter to choose? Give us a call. We’re here to answer all your cutting questions, whether it’s about tool fit and size, understanding the difference between upcut versus downcut spirals, when to use a cold air gun and selecting the right speed and sharpness.

    For additional details, read How to Avoid Bad Cut Edges When Using CNC Routers – Part Three

    Step 4 – Keep up the maintenance

    An important part of creating a cutting strategy is to make sure you perform regular maintenance checks of your machine consistently. Ensure the drives are properly greased to minimize wear and tear on the rack and pinion, reducing tool vibration.  Follow a schedule and stick to it. If you need a refresher, give us a call. We’ll show you how to review important inspection checkpoints that will help extend the life of your router and tools for many years to come.

    For an overview of all these steps, read How to Avoid Bad Cut Edges When Using CNC Router – Part Four

    Interested in more tips about improving your cutting quality?

    Watch videos on How to Avoid a Poor Finish When Cutting Acrylic or How to Avoid a Poor Finish When Cutting Aluminum.

  • Are your cuts lacking that high-quality finish you were hoping for, even though you’re using the right tools and hold-down system? If the answer is yes, then you may need to examine the way you’re plunging your tools into the material. In most cases, a vertical plunge is a perfectly fine way to start your cutting process. But sometimes, when combined with certain tools and materials, this method can cause a host of problems. In this tech tip, we’re going to look at ramps and lead-ins so you can use them to improve the quality of your cuts.

    Potential Problems with Compression Tools

    If you’re using a compression tool on MDF or Melamine, a vertical plunge may cause the cutter to overheat, as debris has no way of escaping to be collected by the waste extraction. This will reduce the life of your tools and possibly scorch the material, as well as the machine bed.

    A similar issue may arise when cutting aluminium. In these cases, a small button of material might get caught and stick to the bottom of the tool. This will also result in scorching, as heat will generate when the button rotates on the surface of the machine bed.

    Use a Ramp

    A ramp is created when the cutter plunges to the surface of the material and then continues to cut around the profile of the part, while driving down at an angle to the surface of the sacrificial bed. This allows the tool to cut with the side edge of the tool, as well as the bottom. It also creates a channel for the chips to be removed and cleared from the cutter as soon as the cut starts. At the end of the profile, the tool will continue cutting until it reaches the bottom of the ramp.

    Three Types of Ramps

    1. SMOOTH. By entering a measurement value, the cutter will drive from the surface to the bottom of the cut in a single pass.
    2. ZIGZAG. This will program the machine to move in a back and forth motion and pierce the material at the bottom in the same position where the tool first started cutting.
    3. SPIRAL. This will control the cutter to make a full revolution of the part before the tool cuts to the bottom of the material. If the tool is cutting multiple passes, the tool will spiral to the bottom of the material in as many passes as is programmed before completing the cut with another full revolution. This solution is very useful when cutting holes with a smaller tool.

    Use a Lead-In

    An alternative to ramps is the lead-in start. This is where the tool plunges into the material off of the part, then cuts towards the profile and continues around the part. At the end of the cut, you have the option to extract at the end of the cut or have a lead-out and away from the part.

    Two Types of Leads

    1. STRAIGHT LINE. Entering the distance of the angle for the tool to travel before it makes contact with the part.
    2. CIRCULAR. Requires the radius and length before it makes contact with the part

    Both lead-ins will improve the quality of cut and give a better finish.

    Interested in learning more cutting techniques? Sign-up for an online training session with our CNC Router Coach or contact your local Customer Care Team today.

  • There’s nothing better than getting to the end of your cut job, and seeing your hard work finally come to fruition. But depending on the size of your parts, it’s at this point, when you’re just about finished but still have a little way to go, where problems may arise. Even with a good vacuum hold, you may encounter some problems that prohibit you from completing the job satisfactorily. This is where holding tabs come in. In this tech tip, you’ll learn how to use holding tabs correctly so you can save time, energy and avoid the hassle of having to start your project all over again!

    Why do you need holding tabs?

    Small or slender parts don’t always retain a vacuum hold well, causing them to move around and possibly end up moving against the cutter. When that happens, the cutter may accidentally cut into your part, requiring it to be recut all over again. Sometimes, depending on the type of material, you may even end up with a damaged tool. The use of holding tabs can eliminate these issues.

    Most programming systems allow you to define tabs of any thickness and width and position them at any point on the cut vector. You can choose between how many tabs to create and how often they are placed. It’s a good idea to place one of the tabs somewhere near the finish of the cut, as this is the most likely point where movement and damage can occur.

    Once your job is finished, simply snap the finished part out and clean up the unwanted remainder of the tab. If the tab leaves the edge of the part with a tiny broken nipple, remember to file or grind it away. This may seem like unnecessary work, but compared to having to re-cut the part or possibly replace the tool, it’s often a much better alternative.

    For more information on how to cut with small parts, read our previous tech tip “Holding Small Parts on Your CNC Router”.

  • If you think qualifying your tools is a step you do only once, then we have important news for you.  Your tools need to be qualified, or calibrated, every time you replace it with another tool, regardless of the type of device you have installed on your machine.  If you don’t, you’ll end up with cuts that are either too deep or shallower than you originally intended.  You may also damage your wasteboard, your material, overload the tool, break the bits or damage machine deck.  Don’t let this happen to you!  Learn how to correctly qualify ALL your tools with the following three SMARTConsole functions.  You’ll save time, increase your speeds and make the overall cutting process run more smoothly.

    Function 024 – Manual Set Tool Length

    If you don’t have the F25 sensor on your table, then you will need to use Function 24.  Once you enter it in your SMARTConsole, you’ll be prompted to jog your tool until the tip either touches the wasteboard or the aluminum bed, whichever is the lowest point you need.

    Other reasons to use Function 24 include:

    • The tool is too wide or has an odd shape that does not fit on the F25 sensor.
    • The F25 sensor is not working, so F24 can be used temporarily to keep the machine running.
    • Some tools like knife tips and very small tools that are too sensitive might break if using the F25 sensor.

    For more information on Function 24, click here.

    Function 025 – Set Tool Height

    If you have the F25 sensor mounted on your table, use Function 25. If the machine doesn’t go to the correct position for the F25 touch sensor, then the sensor position isn’t correct and must be re-calibrated.  Contact your local Customer Care team to have the sensor re-calibrated.

    To learn how to set the tool height using Function 25, click here.

    Function 026 – Set ATC Tool Heights

    This function automatically measures all the tool heights in the Automatic Tool Changer (ATC).  It’s the same process you use with Function 25, but in this case, works for multiple tools. If you need additional information on how to set ATC tool heights using Function 26, click here.

    Watch a video of the ATC in action here. You’ll see the ATC working with the F25 sensor at the 0:27 mark.

  • Did you ever forget to turn your vacuum zones on and see your material go flying off the machine?
    If this sounds familiar, then you’re going to appreciate this tech tip on Auto Vacuum Zoning. As part of a highly configurable vacuum system, Auto Zone Vacuuming automatically keeps your material held securely throughout the cutting cycle, without any manual input from you. Zones switch on or off, according to where the cutting head is located.

    How does it work?
    Auto Vacuum Zoning occurs when your system is in Live Deck, one of three options in the Auto Zone Management System. Independent Switching mode is the option that provides you with total manual control. The Pendulum Processing mode allows the vacuum to switch between two virtual zones (usually the front and rear halves of the machine) so that the router can operate continuously for maximum productivity. Live Deck automatically activates and deactivates vacuum zones according to the live position of the cutting head.

    Why do you need it?
    If you want your material hold down to be more effective, especially when cutting smaller parts on a bigger sheet of material, then it’s worth exploring the Live Deck option. Additionally, you’ll see a reduction in waste, as well the elimination of any downtime resulting from incorrectly setting vacuum valves. More importantly, it reduces accidents, loss of materials and human error.

    Who will benefit?
    Anyone who uses large sheets of material will see a huge benefit in using this system, like aluminum composite panel builders where sheets can reach lengths in excess of 40ft (12m) long. It also works as a nice complement to any optional tools you’re now using that expands the capabilities of your router machine.

    Watch a video of Auto Zoning in action here.

  • It’s finally here – your brand new, shiny CNC router machine. Images of intricately designed signage may get you so excited that the last thing you want to think about is a long training process that delays your creative process. Nothing can be farther than the truth. Without proper training, your projects will suffer in quality, cut and finish, and lack of safety training may lead to dire circumstances. You don’t want this to happen to you. In this tech tip, we’ll examine why its important to train your machine operator and what you can do to get the most of your training.

    SAFETY
    There’s no question about the importance of training to eliminate serious injuries.  Understanding your CNC router’s safety rules and guidelines, in addition to maintaining the required operational logs and records, can keep employees safe and operating at high efficiency. Safety labels are an integral part of this process. Make sure your machine operators understand what those symbols mean before you turn your machine on. This is a necessary part of your training and obligation to the safety of yourself and your employees.

    ONGOING TRAINING
    AXYZ provides a 4-day basic training program that teaches you how to setup the router table correctly, understand the software and practise your skills with an AXYZ Technical Specialist by your side. But training doesn’t stop there. To correctly understand things like feeds and speeds and desired tolerances, practise makes perfect and will not happen overnight. It takes time to thoroughly master these skills. To get production up and running to the level that it should be, you may require additional, advanced training that occurs at a later date.

    RUN REAL JOBS
    During the onsite training sessions, take this opportunity to run real production jobs together with your trainer, using the right materials required for your business. Training on a CNC router needs to be customized according to your unique environment, so prepare well in advance of the start date.

    TRAIN MORE THAN ONE PERSON
    Employees get sick; they go on vacation or may leave the company for other opportunities. Make sure there is a backup plan, so that even those not directly responsible for programming or operating a CNC router can step in without missing a beat. Remember, downtime or loss of productivity impacts the bottom line. A machine that’s not cutting is not generating income.

    To learn more about AXYZ CNC training and support programs, visit our Service page.

  • Are you experiencing low quality or irregular cuts on your material?

    No need to worry! This may be a sign of a weak vacuum bed and easily fixable once you’re aware of all the signs. Other issues may include the shifting of material or inability for it to lie flat, the creation of more scrap material or tolerances not being held.

    To eliminate these issues, we’ve identified four of the more common causes behind a faulty vacuum bed and what you can do to fix them.

    1. Material is not smooth or suitable – If the material is porous, the vacuum force will be much weaker. Use non-porous materials, like plastics, metal and varnished wood.
    2. Sacrificial bed or diffuser filled with dust/debris – Keep the machine clean between cut jobs and when loading new sheets.
    3. Piping Size Issues – If the connector valves are smaller than the pipe itself, or the length of the pipe is too long, air flow will be weakened. Keep the piping length as short and as straight as possible for the best performance.
    4. There’s an air-leak in the system – To check for air-leaks, keep the pump or blower running, turn off all the valves and compare the vacuum gauge readings with the following:
      • Blower – at least 10inHg
      • Mink pump – at least 25 inHg
      • Vane pump – at least 20 inHg.

    If the readings are below these levels, contact your local Customer Care team for assistance. To learn more about vacuum beds and how they work, watch the video: “The Benefits Of Using A Vacuum Bed On An AXYZ CNC Router

  • If you’re in the business of making signs, you may already have a vast array of tool bits that you use for clean cuts and finishes. If your tool box doesn’t include the O flute bit, then you’re missing out on what other industry leaders are calling the “tool of choice” for sign-makers. In this tech tip, you’ll understand why it’s the favourite tool bit for sign-makers across the globe.

    What is an O flute bit?
    The O flute bit is a carbide spiral flute that features a unique mirror finish, resulting in high quality surface finishes, clean professional cuts and prolonged tool life.

    How does it compare with other flute bits?
    The O flute bit was manufactured specifically for CNC Router machines for use in a variety of applications. Over the years, due to continuous improvement in its design and geometry, these router bits became the sign-making industry’s favourite tool, easily out shadowing its competition. Compared to other flute styles, the cuts are cleaner, plunges are deeper and chips are easily directed up or down, depending on the type of spiral you choose. If you work primarily with plastic or aluminum, you’ll be happy to learn that heat is dispersed more easily with the O flute bit and it stops weld back.

    What material does it cut with?
    Although it’s most commonly used with plastic and aluminum, you can use the O flute bit on a variety of material, such as acrylic, nylon, foam board, laminate, solid surfaces and wood. If you have questions about a specific type of material or need more information about the O flute bit, contact your local Customer Care team.

    You may also find it useful to read CNC Routers – A Simple Guide to Selecting the Right Configuration For Signmaking.


 Products

  • The Trident Series
    The Trident Series router incorporates the best technology available, delivering high-performance features as standard. From its robust construction to the latest drive systems, the AXYZ Trident router provides the very best return on your investment....

  • INNOVATIVE – HEAVY DUTY – FAST

    The Trident Series CNC router combines heavy-duty routing with fast knife cutting for processing the broadest range of materials in all print finishing, signmaking, foam and graphics applications. Popular applications include:

    • Graphics and Print Finishing - Cut-to-print using multiple tools for all materials
    • Signmaking - All types of 2D and 3D signs in woods, metals and plastics
    • Foam Packaging - 2D and 3D processing with router and knife tools
    • Point of Purchase - Display stands, fixtures and fittings

    WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

    Processing a wide range of materials requires more than one cutting head. The Trident combines three different cutting technologies to provide maximum versatility. It offers a choice of routing spindles and two knives which can be either tangential, oscillating, or a combination of both.

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    With the most configurable machine base in the industry, the Trident provides maximum flexibility with process widths from 60" to 128" or greater and the option of virtually any length required. No matter what your needs, we have a table for you!

  • The Z Series
    The Z Series CNC router offers the robust construction of the AXYZ router, combined with a budget-conscious set of configurations. The Z series is designed for cutting all types of plastics, woods, foams and non-ferrous metals in both 2D and 3D....

  • HIGH QUALITY MACHINE SYSTEMS ON A BUDGET PRICE

    A low-cost, industrial CNC router, perfect for first-time CNC users, the Z Series offers the robust construction that AXYZ products are known for, combined with a budget-conscious set of configurations. Popular applications include:

    • Exhibition Stands - Large format routing for all requirements
    • General Woodworking - Furniture, shopfitting, scenery production and more
    • Interiors - Multi-purpose routing and engraving in all materials
    • Point of Purchase - Display stands, fixtures and fittings
    • Scenery and Sets - Fast turnaround and high-quality processing
    • Signmaking - All types of 2D and 3D signs in woods, metals and plastics
    • Solid Surface - Process modern and traditional materials

    WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

    Popular with first-time users, the Z Series is suitable for small manufacturers looking to automate their business and expand their production capabilities.

    • Low-cost, high-value series
    • Excellent reliability and ease of use
    • Steel frame construction for maximum rigidity
    • Solid aluminum vacuum / clamping deck
    • Built and supported by industry leader AXYZ Automation Group

    ADVANCED SPECIFICATIONS

    Available in two sizes, the Z Series CNC router offers a process area of 52" x 53" (1320mm x 1345mm) or 60" by 98" (1524mm x 2500mm). With high-quality components from leading suppliers as standard, the Z Series offers a machine specification that suits the standard material sheet sizes, while also offering outstanding performance.

  • The Pacer Series
    For precision, reliability and high-quality machining, look no further than the Pacer CNC router. Its robust construction, overwhelming standard specification and endless list of options make it the perfect blend of high quality and affordability....

  • HIGH-QUALITY, HIGH-ACCURACY, HEAVY-DUTY ROUTERS

    Designed specifically for manufacturers requiring precision, reliability and ease of use, the Pacer Series is most popular with plastic and aluminum fabricators where a high-quality cut finish, precise dimensional tolerance or very fine engraving may be required.

    • Plastic fabrication - Profile cutting and engraving of all engineering plastics
    • Metal fabrication - Precise and high-quality non-ferrous part production
    • Interior fixtures and fittings - High-productivity routing and engraving in all materials

    WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE?

    A popular, heavy-duty CNC router engineered to provide the highest combination of quality and precision, the Pacer Series offers the perfect platform for high-speed, vibration-free processing of even the toughest materials.

    • Heavy-duty steel base and gantry provides a rigid structure for vibration-free machining and best cut quality
    • Helical rack and pinion drive systems allow high acceleration, smooth, quiet running and high-dimensional accuracy
    • Servo motors on all axes with planetary gearboxes for reliable high-speed performance
    • Fully configurable head and tooling options for all materials and applications

    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    The state-of-the-art Pacer Series is available in a wide variety of standard and custom sizes. With process widths from 60" to 103" wide by 20' long, AXYZ has a solution to suit your exact application and budget requirements.

  • The Infinite Series
    Building on the success of the AXYZ Series, the new Infinite combines modern design and engineering excellence. Redesigned from the ground up, it’s the most configurable CNC Router solution in the market, capable of handling the most challenging jobs....

  • NEW FEATURES, SAME HIGH-QUALITY PERFORMANCE

    Over the past 30 years, AXYZ has built a solid reputation in the CNC machining industry, providing business owners with a vast range of CNC routers, who require a higher productivity solution but at a very realistic price. The Infinite is the newest AXYZ machine to continue the tradition, becoming the ideal solution for one-off, small batch production as well as high volume applications.

    Key design features include a heavy-duty frame with a robust structure for high performance and high part-finish, new carriage design with easier access for service and a new dust extraction system which reduces clogging and allows for longer tables. These are supplemented with a wide range of optional production tools, including a 7- or 21-station automatic tool change system, twin or triple cutting heads, the latest AXYZ AVS Camera Registration System and a misting unit.

    For more information and specifications, visit axyz.com

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