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  • #61

    Re: CNC Plasma table

    last bit...

    and it works


    and now to learn software, but this is it for the thread.
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    Doing it all wrong since 1966

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    • #62

      Re: CNC Plasma table

      You'll have to add pictures of its first job here.
      Tim
      Melbourne Australia

      65 Hardtop Impala, 70 GTS Monaro, 93 "80" Landcruiser

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      • #63

        Re: CNC Plasma table

        first I'll finish by building a water table



        and a shelf.... a caution, I welded it on, but they left this open because you may need to level the table due to uneven surfaces.... now it should stay square, however, leveling is a bit more difficult


        still have to fab a drain and figure out how to hold the pan where it belongs,
        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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        • #64

          Re: CNC Plasma table

          the everlast plasma.. strong buy recommendation from me. it kicks tail
          Doing it all wrong since 1966

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          • #65

            Re: CNC Plasma table

            Normally I love watching you work on stuff but the cnc stuff seemed so complicated for a electronics and computer novice .But I was bored so I took a look , after 5 months . The cnc video(s) on the cnc etch sucked me in because I loved the impossible challenge of making pictures with the thing .And in thought how similar it would be to a plasma table . Sorry your experiment didn't work to your satisfaction but hey for your expense I at the minimum know what a stepper motor is and it was a nice relaxing way to spend 3 hours on youtube .
            Previously HoosierL98GTA

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            • #66

              Re: CNC Plasma table

              ready to use, just a few more videos to watch...


              waterpan test


              fitz


              just add water and a program..... which I need to do, I need to cut out a part for my fuel tank on the Corvette
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              • #67

                Re: CNC Plasma table

                I am really impressed with your use of laser cut components for your machine. My hat is off to you!

                You have probably been asked this before, but have you considered designing a real Z axis and beefing up the machine so it can do 3 axis work in soft materials such as wood, plastic, and aluminum? I can envision version II which could do both plasma cutting, which is low force, but also do machining with a high speed router head that could be swapped out for a plasma torch and vice versa. Machine would require larger motors, stiffer frame, and larger linear slides because of the much higher forces involved. Alternately, design/build a second machine with metal machining capabilities in mind.

                BTY, since DraftSight is no longer free I snooped around and found an open source 2D CAD package for cheap. It seems to have all the features of AutoCAD or Draftsight and at $54 with DVD disc it seems to be a bargain. The company is called QCAD and it is Swedish. There are no fees or annual renewals required. The program belongs to the user for life. I should have it in a week or so.

                Randy in Everett

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                • #68

                  Re: CNC Plasma table

                  I am really impressed with your use of laser cut components for your machine. My hat is off to you!

                  You have probably been asked this before, but have you considered designing a real Z axis and beefing up the machine so it can do 3 axis work in soft materials such as wood, plastic, and aluminum? I can envision version II which could do both plasma cutting, which is low force, but also do machining with a high speed router head that could be swapped out for a plasma torch and vice versa. Machine would require larger motors, stiffer frame, and larger linear slides because of the much higher forces involved. Alternately, design/build a second machine with metal machining capabilities in mind.

                  BTY, since DraftSight is no longer free I snooped around and found an open source 2D CAD package for cheap. It seems to have all the features of AutoCAD or Draftsight and at $54 with DVD disc it seems to be a bargain. The company is called QCAD and it is Swedish. There are no fees or annual renewals required. The program belongs to the user for life. I should have it in a week or so.

                  Randy in Everett
                  I don't think this machine would be strong enough for a router. As for Z axis - I don't think it's necessary (and it adds weight in the wrong place). Coming soon is an update to the X axis.
                  As for routing, I've never had the need for it... that said, you can buy linear gear tracks for cheap - so building something that follows the later designs shouldn't be terribly difficult.

                  Software, my opinion is pay others for the stuff I don't like to do, I don't like programming - so paying someone $200 for software that works without headache is worth it....
                  Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                  • #69

                    Re: CNC Plasma table

                    What you don't like the taste of his spam?
                    http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...-consolidation

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                    • #70

                      Re: CNC Plasma table

                      Son was relating a convo with an ex-buddy... Inflating himself. "I'm buying a CNC machine"
                      My kid, "Oh...what kind?"
                      He, "CCCNNNCCC, You know!"
                      My kid, "What is the CNC running?"
                      Blank face.

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                      • #71

                        Re: CNC Plasma table

                        and now with larger cutting surface
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