Is your shop computerized?
Yes. In 2002, Landfoam acquired its first Thermwood CNC router, with capacity to
60" x 96" x 9", with motion up to 2000 ipm. We have since acquired a second new Thermwood, with capacity 64" x 120" x
9." These routers are top quality industrial machinery - which can run 24
hours a day to produce your shapes.
When information is sketchy, however, it is likely that our manual methods may
remain most appropriate. At Landfoam you get the method which
matches the project needs most closely.
Smooth models can be defined in various ways, including 3D
meshes (such as .STL, .3DS, or .DXF) and XYZ grids (of various
formats, including generic ascii). For stepped models, it is
important to have relatively high quality contour lines in DWG or DXF format
(not complicated by XREF's, numerous breaks, and/or large quantities of
extraneous data). For stepped models, it is not necessary for lines to be
"elevated," since we take care of that operation.
Our software can also superimpose two-dimensional information
and cut it at the appropriate level. - as for engraved lines or recessed
features. This is often helpful to accurately locate fine details - such
as lot lines, sidewalks, paving patterns, or even surveyed trees. We can
use cutting tools as fine as .010" for special features.
In addition, the CNC router allows us to machine a wider range of
materials. It will probably be a while, however, before it is competitive
with our manual methods of producing complex one-of-a-kind landscape models
which are not well documented in digital form.
Do you make those "laser" models?
No. Except for relatively small-format (and expensive) 3D machines, laser
technology is primarily limited to 2D cutting.
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