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CNC Plasma

Discussion in 'Center Of Gravity' started by willyswanter, Apr 10, 2005.

  1. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Alright, I've been collecting parts for a while now to build a full 4'x8' CNC plasma table. But, I can't build it till I move into the new shop which won't be for 10 months or so.

    So, I was looking at my mill and :idea: . 30 minutes of work later I had made a tool holder that fit my spindle that held the plasma torch and a make shift table to hold the work that isolated the plasma ground from the mills ground (too not effect the electronics). Basically this was just a test to make sure the setup will work and boy does it! I'll be making a table that will sit on top of the existing mill table and hold 2-3" of water to collect the sparks and do the same job of isolation as well as protect the mills table. Also need to intigrate the trigger of the plasma into the mill, planning on using the coolant on/off (m8/m9) commands to do this, just put a DPDT switch on the output from the control to the pump so I can switch between coolant and plasma. That will end me from having to hold the trigger on/off.

    Heres a pic of the part I made, took 47 seconds:

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    That is straight out of the machine with no grinding/chipping/etc. I was amazed at the lack of slag comapred to my normal hand dragging of the torch.

    And heres a video of it in action:

    Video

    I'll update this thread with pics of the table and torch holder and wiring system as I get stuff accomplished. I just can't wait to get this thing fully up and running, gussets, tabs, cage floor tie-ins, etc :grinpimp: Only bad thing is it makes me want to build my 4x8 table that much more :shaking:
     
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    X2 you da man
    thought you were going to frank rains this weekend?
    well if you diddent go at least i diddent miss your truck
     
  4. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I did go, only for yesterday though. Left at 4am and got back at midnight.
     
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    Somewhere I have plans for a CNC plasma table. Plans cost $50 I think, and parts are supposed to be $1800.
    George
    If you want I 'll look for a link to the seller
     
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    I'll take that link. :cool1:
     
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    Very cool Jason. :D
     
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    Greg72 "Might As Well..." Staff Member Super Moderator

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    VERY COOL...... :thumb:



    I was thinking I'd do the same thing...except I've been looking all over my workshop and still can't find the $10,000 CNC machine!!! I know it has to be here somewhere....... :thinking:
     
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    I've seen pics of your garage, I'm not suprised you can't find anything in there :blush: :grin:
     
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    Jason, between you, Brook, and a couple of others, I can't decide whether to turn green from jealousy or just go straight to major inferiority complex. :bow: Very sweet!
     
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    Jason, you;re too industrious for you own good, good on you for going so far
     
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    So any updates on this? How far off is the new shop?
     
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    The gantry arm is built, the plasma is modified for auto start and the control is done. Just need to put the parts back together and run it. I plan on using it to make some bling bling gussets for my truck after Hollister so I'll post pics.
     
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    Being able to cut that plate in 47 seconds is sweet , the bonus is the finish job left behind. Nice work , I look forward to seeing more pics of the table . :waytogo:
     
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    Good work !
    Very cool, looking great so far. Keep going, I wanna see it finished! :doah::eek1:
     
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    It still makes me sad when these threads resurface....



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    I feel the same way brother. :(
     
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    I understand the story and what a terrible loss to the 4x4 community but I think it is awsome that people are still looking and admiring his skills. Even those that don't know what happened. As with most passings I feel it is better to remember the positives of what people did in society, communitys, etc. rather than bringing up the initial story of his passing. I guess prasing him and his skills rather than dwelling on his death. If that makes sence.
     

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