ATOM Dieless Knife Cutting & Milling System
FlashCut FLEX ‘EMHD 2Z’ Series



The ATOM FlashCut EMHD 2Z Axis Dieless Knife Cutting & Milling System was studied and developed for companies that produce case inserts, packaging components and sound dampening materials made from soft, rigid and convoluted foams with a maximum thickness of 110mm.  The combination of knife cutting & milling in a single machine allows a company to rapidly increase time to market, eliminate the costly steps in the manufacturing process including cutting dies, lamination & assembly, reduce labor costs (machine can run unattended), and gain new business by producing samples and prototypes within minutes.

The double Z-Axis head provides independent penetration control of both tools which allows the working of 3D shapes of any density foams (Expanded PE, PU etc.) or very hard materials like rubber, plastics, wood, composites even light alloys with extreme accuracy.  In order to mill a wider range of materials, ATOM designed a new head, equipped with a 3kW electric router spindle, with variable speed turning from 1,000-50,000 RPM.  A liquid cooling system allows the mill to operate 24 hours per day.  The working area is kept perfectly cleaned with its own internal dust extraction system.

Points of Strength

  • Oscillating Knife Cutting up to 130mm in Material Thickness
  • Robustness of Structure
  • Variable Power of Vacuum Pump (2ea. 11 kW Vacuum Pumps Standard)
  • Smart Partitioned Zoned Vacuum Sectors
  • High Flatness of Working Surface
  • Cutting & Milling up to 110mm in Thickness
  • Dust Extraction with Piped External Vacuum System
  • Powerful 3 Kw Milling Head w. Internal Liquid Cooling
  • Fully Automatic Mill-Tool Changing Device (20 Station)

Point of Strength

Points of Strength

  • Robustness of Structure & High Planarity: The machine framework is extremely solid, indigent to an ATOM cutting system.  The precision in the manufacturing of the cutting plane ensures a perfect parallelism between the material and the cutting head, granting a homogeneous cutting precision on the whole surface.
  • Smart Partitioned Zoned Vacuum System: The Flashcut cutting surface is divided into different sectors, each 12” x 12”, which can be independently activated.  Concentrating the cutting power where needed allowing for increased cutting speeds without affecting the cut quality and precision.
  • Powerful & Versatile Cutting Head: The multi-tool cutting head consists of five stations.  The main 40mm cutting tool station accepts a variety of knife chucks; fixed knife chuck, electric oscillating knife chuck, pneumatic knife chuck, pneumatic milling chuck or powered rotary cutter.  Two auxiliary stations are included to accept punch holders / drills, creasing tools, kiss-cut chucks, & 45° angle knife chucks.  A single plotting pen and pricker tool round out the group.  With this versatile cutting head, the Flashcut now becomes a multi-functional production system.
  • Automatic & Interactive Nesting Software: Nesting software is surely a key factor of the ATOM dieless cutting solution. Actually, it completes the cutting system optimizing material yields & dramatically reducing the overall time for placing the shapes to be processed. Since this is a crucial feature to any dieless cutting system, ATOM developed a series of software packages each capable of nesting shapes for a variety of market sectors.  The software used on all ATOM cutting systems is engineered by STRING, a software house partnered with ATOM for over 10 years.
  • Advanced yet Simple to Use Control Software: ATOM knife cutting tables are powered by advanced and reliable control software managing any operation using a simple menu designed to operate quickly and simplify operator training.
  • Two Independent Working Areas: While the machine is cutting on one ½ of the table, the operator can collect the cut pieces, prepare the next material and layout on the other ½ of the table for unbeatable performance and continuous production.
  • High Brightness Overhead Projection System: The overhead projectors allow for a clear visualization of parts and commands on all materials. This allows the cutting operation to be faster and more accurate. Gasket fabricators enjoy the flexibility of the projectors because now they can cut any remnant or scrap, no matter how irregular the shape, by manually placing parts within the area.
  • Advanced Safety Systems: All of the ATOM Flashcut dieless knife cutting tables and systems are equipped with state-of-the-art advanced safety systems which are in full compliance with European CE and OSHA Safety Standards.

Industries Served

Industries Served

Aerospace – Honeycomb, foam, carbon fiber, Kevlar, graphite, plastics, laminates…..

Automotive – Leather, sound dampening foams, upholstery materials, glass fibers, plastics, gaskets…..

Composites – Kevlar, carbon fibers, glass fibers, pre-preg, breather, films…..

Converting – Adhesives, foam & rubber, gaskets,

Fashion & Apparel – Leather, wool, cotton, silk, denim, foam, polyester, canvas……

Footwear – Leather, textiles, counters, box toe materials, foams….

Furniture & Upholstery – Leather, fiberfill, foam, plastic, cardboard, woven materials…..

Gaskets – 6mm non-asbestos, tang graphite, cork, rubber, foam, fish paper, plastics….

Leather Goods – leather, synthetic textiles….

Packaging & Foam – Corrugated, PU, PE, PP, styrene, laminated foam, convoluted foam….

Technical Textiles – Kevlar, micro-fibers, Goretex, Velcro, PVC, vinyl…….

Other Cutting Methods

Unlike Other Cutting Methods

  • Unlike Die Cutting Presses
    • A knife table requires no cutting dies
    • A knife table can produce parts with very small wall thickness
    • A knife table allows closer spacing of nested parts
    • A knife table cuts materials that do not traditionally die cut or hand cut well
    • No concavity of the finished component
  • Unlike Water Jet Cutting Systems
    • Knife cut parts do not get wet (avoid 24 hour dry time – package parts immediately)
    • Knife cut parts can have a partial depth cut or kiss cut
    • Knife cut parts generally have a better cut quality at production speeds on many materials
    • Knife cut parts do not de-laminate – no adhesive contamination on laminated materials
    • A knife table vacuum allows for thin, lightweight and small parts to be cut without the possibility of movement
    • Does not require a maintenance department to keep them calibrated and operating properly
    • Daily operating costs on a knife cutting table are significantly less
  • Unlike Laser Cutting Systems
    • A knife table has requires no gases to be purchased or stored
    • A knife table produces no odor or toxic fumes when cutting
    • A knife table will not burn the edge of the material
    • Daily operating costs on a knife cutting table are significantly less

Technical Specifications

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