Thermwood Corporation was established in 1969 as a plastic molder of wood grained parts for the furniture industry, hence the name “Thermwood”. From the beginning Thermwood incorporated a high level of technology in its business.
For example, to mold its plastic parts Thermwood developed a unique molding process and much of the plastic molding and trimming machinery Thermwood used was designed and built in-house. In the mid-1970s, it developed the first commercial CNC machine tool control and used it to build machinery to trim its plastic parts. Thermwood began selling this trim equipment for plastics and woodworking applications and the CNC router was born.