3D Stone Installs Advanced, First-of-Its-Kind CNC Stone Cutting Machine; Major Productivity Improvements Anticipated

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New machine expected to produce a 20-percent increase in company's overall production throughput

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In addition to enabling us to work faster, the new APEX will help us give our customers more intricate detailed work at a lower cost.

A custom-designed APEX 5-Axis CNC stone-cutting machine, the first of its kind to be produced, was installed and became operational Sept. 1 at the Bloomington, Ind. headquarters of limestone fabricator 3-D Stone. The computer-controlled device, custom prepared by Park Industries of St. Cloud, Minn., is expected to produce a 20-percent increase in 3D Stone’s overall production throughput.

The new device will cut more intricate pieces of stone at twice the speed of predecessor machines, said 3D Stone President Kurt Sendek. It features a vacuum handling system to speed cutting and moving limestone products.

According to Park Industries, movements of the APEX 5-Axis stone cutter are extremely accurate because of its precision-profiled linear way and bearings. The machine’s 5-axis capabilities enable it to make curves with contour cutting, produce straight line and curved profiling, and rapidly process five sides of a stone with a single setup. The APEX can make cuts up to 16" with a 44" blade.

“We anticipate significant productivity gains in very short order,” Sendek said. “In addition to enabling us to work faster, the new APEX will help us give our customers more intricate detailed work at a lower cost.”

Sendek said his company has hired a specialist programmer; Park is now training the next generation of CNC operators for 3D Stone.

A brief video illustrating the machine’s functions and capabilities is at http://www.3dstoneinc.com/. For additional information on 3D Stone, please contact Lily Sendek or Kurt Sendek at 812-824-5805 or visit 3dstoneinc.com.

About 3D Stone
Founded in 1992 on deep roots in masonry and related trades, 3D Stone is a leader in the fabrication of Indiana limestone. As one of the largest, most reputable sources of architectural limestone, the firm delivers exceptional professional guidance, quality and craftsmanship on a full spectrum of projects from large-scale commercial projects to elegant residences to specialty landscape projects. A fully enclosed 52,000 square-foot facility supplies stone in a time-sensitive manner with a production facility that fabricates high volumes of stone year-round. 3D Stone’s highly skilled planer and carving personnel can fabricate stone to even the most challenging plans. While cut stone is a primary focus, the company also specializes in custom slabbing, splitface veneer and tumbled rubble.

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