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I am seeking information on different CNC plasma cutting devices. Are these discussed here?
Steve

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It depends if Cliffy jumps in and hijacks your thread just to be a dick.But to answer your question you have found the right place.
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Thanks. If it is the Cliff I am familiar with, I will not be adding to his comments.
I am considering buying a CNC plasma cutter. Some names that have come up are:
Plasmacam Dynatorch Torchmate Multicam
I have been looking at these, and some come with a table, and some come with component parts, and you have to manufacture the table/chassis assembly.
Insights, caveats, and heads up appreciated. I want to buy the best value, and not necessarily just the highest price model.
Thanks in advance
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Just from a machine building/purchasing standpoint, you should look at a few things. 1. What is the cost addition of the table from the manufacturer? 2. What are your capabilities of fabrication of a table? 3. What are your capabilities of assembly, debug and checkout of the equipment (including time required) that would need to be assembled, vs. purchasing a turnkey, tested system? 4. If you do not have the capabilities to manufacture a suitable table, what will be the cost to have this fabricated out of house? 5. What are the differences in the various software offered by each manufacturer? 6. What are the warranties from the various manufacturers? 7.     a.) What are the service reputations of the various manufacturers?     b.) How far away is the nearest service technician and service center from your location? 8. If you build your own table, and buy a component system, will the manufacturer actually honor the warranty should you have problems, or will they be blaming you for all problems in order to avoid warranty costs?
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On Fri, 09 Jun 2006 01:50:28 GMT, Anthony

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=====================At our college the weld shop got a plasmacam unit with the big 4X8 foot table. I helped install the software and got PC hooked up. Seemed to work well. From an operational standpoint, a huge amount of black dust is generated and blown everywhere. You will most likely need to fabricate some sort of enclosure for the PC. Several people have suggested what they termed a "water table" which seems to be a large pan under the cutting table that tramps [most of] the dust.
The cnc g/m code generation software that comes with plasma cam is functional but the interface is kind of "klunky," and for some reason I found it to have a steep learning curve. It is also slow and takes considerable time to gen up a program. It will accept dxf and hpgl plot files as input. Take a look at one of the Autocad clones such as ICAD to create the plot files. You can download a driver for a supersize HP printer from the HP website. I would like to have that 6 foot by 100 foot plotter for real..... A big benefit of this is the ability to use truetype fonts for signs.
What kinds of stuff are you going to make? decorative/artsy, sheet metal layout???
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I want to do decorative gate accessories, custom pot racks, custom signs, and whatever people will pay the going rate for. I will probably end up getting a contractor's license again, keeping it simple this time (yeah, right) and trying to stay with the high end custom work.
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some excellent points snipped
thanks, Anthony. I have saved your post to my plasmacuttting file.
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Steve B (in uW0ig.102810$iU2.12842@fed1read01) said:
| I am considering buying a CNC plasma cutter. Some names that have | come up are: | | Plasmacam | Dynatorch | Torchmate | Multicam | | I have been looking at these, and some come with a table, and some | come with component parts, and you have to manufacture the | table/chassis assembly. | | Insights, caveats, and heads up appreciated. I want to buy the | best value, and not necessarily just the highest price model.
The shop next door to mine has a CNC plasma cutter. I haven't paid attention to the make or model; but did note that this one came with a 4x8 table fabricated using 80/20 struts. The table isn't solid (the owner has a ratchet strap around one pair of legs to keep 'em from splaying out).
From looking at his rig and watching it cut, I'd think that a temporary table (a 2x4 short-legged frame) should serve to support the tracks/racks while you cut the parts to weld up for a really good, well-braced steel table.
I think I'd also put a canopy (plywood or tin) over the table with a dust collector hose attached through the apex - this guy's machine appears to produce a lot of black powder that wants to rise to the ceiling and then drift all over his shop. The people working in the shop say that it sometimes makes 'em feel unwell. A $150 Harbor Freight dust collector should do a decent job of sucking this stuff up and represent money well-spent.
-- Morris Dovey DeSoto Solar DeSoto, Iowa USA http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto
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Steve B wrote:

I deal with these machines everyday, with what your looking to do the plasmacam seems to be right up your alley. Its pretty accurate, easy to use and come with very good plasma cutters. Now if you want "the absolute best" your looking at the multi-cam, MG systems, or AKS. These are the systems where you get into the bucks, but unmatched in quality cutting plus service after the sell. Remember your not just buying a plasma system, your buying the expertise of that company that you choose to go with. Things break, don't work out of the box, or just dont make sense. You will need help, you will want to get decent technical service as well. Also you can contact a company called Centricut, they have helped me several times and I got through to tech support very quickly. Unlike other support lines where they tell you they will call you back later, somtime days later. Talk to those guys, they're a big help to me.
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Steve,
Also check out the ShopBot as well. I have one of their routers and I'm very happy with it.
www.shopbottools.com
Good luck.
Scott

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