Laser Projection Equipment shows designs on work surface.

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Z-Laser 2D, for woodworking applications, uses software to project full-scale data in red or green light directly onto bed of CNC machining center or assembly work area. By previewing cutting tool path, operator can ensure that blank is properly placed with correct grain orientation. This also eliminates possibility of damaging tooling or fixtures and permits proper pre-placement of part labels. System interprets DXF and HPGL files.


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Carter+Cabinetvision+Licom-Alphacam = Versatile Advancements in Laser Projection

Grand Rapids, MI. - Carter Products have announced a new cooperation with major design optimization software vendors CabinetVision and Licom-AlphaCam. This link now enables users of Carter's Z-Laser 2D Laser Projection equipment to create product designs rapidly and then instantly see the outlines of key components directly on the work surface. To accomplish this, the new software sends geometric information on the part involved to the Laser Projection System which projects the full-scale data in bright red or green light directly onto the bed of the CNC machining center or assembly work area. By previewing the cutting tool path directly in the working area, operators can assure that the blank is properly placed with correct grain orientation. This also eliminates the possibility of accidentally damaging expensive tooling or fixtures and permits proper pre-placement of part identification labels in nested base manufacturing operations. Carter Laser Projection Systems can also directly interpret industry standard DXF files and HPGL graphic language files. According to Peter M. Perez, Carter President, "This cooperation is an important step that will simplify the process of CNC production. We feel it will be a major benefit to the woodworking industry." CabinetVision, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, AL, provides comprehensive design and visualization tools for complex product assemblies from complete kitchen cabinet designs to high end architectural casework. AlphaCam, located in Charlotte, NC., supplies sophisticated CAD/CAM design solutions for operators of CNC routers, mills or waterjet cutting equipment. The combination with Carter Products on this product area seems a natural. Carter has been a leading producer of woodworking machinery accessories since 1929. The company pioneered the advantages of guide line lights in the 1950s and laser lights introduced in the 70s. The current product line includes Laser Guide Line Lights, Industrial Band Saw Guides, Wheels and Tires; Band Saw Guide Conversion Kits for most popular saws; the new 2-D Laser Projection Systems; Inspection Lights; the award-winning Flip-Pod® Vacuum Piece Part Holding System for CNC Routers; and other machine accessories such as the Quick Release(TM) Band Saw Tension Toggle and the Stabilizer(TM). For further information on any of their extensive product line, contact: Carter Products Company, Inc., 2871 Northridge Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544 Phone(616) 647-3380 FAX: (616) 647-3387. E-Mail: sales@carterproducts.com or reach them on their Website at: www.carterproducts.com Photo caption: Drawing illustrates direct links from CabinetVision and LicomAlphaCam software to the Carter Z-Laser 2D Laser Projection System which, in turn, projects the design element pattern directly on the work surface for processing.

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