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#1 posted 08-31-2016 12:42 AM

I went. I live near a MARTA station so getting there was easy.

I’ve never been before and it was impressive. It was over half a million square feet exhibition floors. Building A was mostly finished goods. There were tons of finished kitchens showcasing all of the laminates, hardware, drawer slides, ets. Building B was the bigger exhibit hall and had more of the machines, etc.

My random notes:

Building B had enough equipment to produce most of the furniture that IKEA sells. Some of the “booths” were giant mills that were complete automated systems that would pick up 4×8 melamine plywood, Cut it into fifty pieces with a CNC router and saw, and sort all of those pieces and stack them with more robotic arms. There were several of these operations there.

Giant edge-banding machines that can apply edges to melamine pieces faster than a human can feed them. probably at least fifteen different vendors. Some of these machines bigger than a semi trailer.

Lots of robotic arms doing cool things. One would paint complex objects like window frames while they moved on a overhead conveyor. Another had six different cutters mounted on a cube on the end of it’s arm. It would rotate the cube and perform different cutting maneuvers. The sixth cutter was on one side attached to the end of a circular saw blade. It was cutting, routing, sanding, buffing wooden vanity sink vessels.

3/4 of the exhibits in Building B were industrial\CNC\milling\laminating, etc.

There were several wood vendors with displays of the raw wood that they sell. One had several bundles of beautiful 12/4 planks of perfectly straight 12-foot boards of several varieties. If i had to guess, I bet the cord of Teak was probably worth $20K or more. Now it hurts to see the twisty bendy crap that Woodcraft and Rockler sell. Im Spoiled.

I saw Stumpy Nubs, but he was busy and I didn’t get a chance to say HI

Triton is now pushing it’s line of stuff to compete with Festool. Unfortunately, they have near-festool pricing on a lot of things.

Kreg has a new drawer Jig available next month. It holds the drawer box after you install the slides in the carcass.

Vendor Schwag was weak – mostly pens and coozies if anything. I only got one t-shirt. I usually get at least a dozen shirts at VMWare\Citrix\MicroSoft events.


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