Using Smart Routers To Improve Woodworking Productivity

Posted: 03/28/2014 9:20AM


What is a smart router?

Instead of a machine that just executes a program, smart routers automatically perform functions that otherwise must be done by skilled people. Smart routers aren’t just controls that move a machine. They actually know the job they are doing, so they can make judgment calls.

Smart routers also perform valuable new functions not possible with a standard router. For example, with a smart router you can run a custom cabinet shop.

Smart routers process part programs two ways. First, they process CNC programs in the traditional way using output from virtually any design software, even programs written for other brand machines. Secondly, smart routers can use part data and create the actual cutting programs within the machine itself.

In addition, smart routers can adjust programs for their own operating characteristics or for the tooling that is available.

Source: Thermwood; visit

Editor's note: this article is excerpted from Smart Routers May Be the Way of the Future, posted May 2013.


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