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    Do any of you all have or use a CNC plasma cutter table? There are quite a few projects coming up that I could use one.

    I would want a table capable of handling at least 2.5m x 1.5m material.
    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

  • #2
    I`ve got a 3m x 1.5m cnc table.Wish now I had bought a longer bed machine.Would have had more time cutting and less time loading.

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    • #3
      ePlasma table

      Ihave a home built one that works well and will take up to a5X10 ft. sheet. Owning one of these WILL change the way you work!
      Plain ol Bill

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      • #4
        Bill, do you happen to have photos of and plans for your DIY table?

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        • #5
          I built one years ago and it was fun to do and fun while it lasted.
          It was small 4x4 or so and used a small inverter plasma machine..
          good up to 3/8.

          they make way too much of a mess for me, though, to have justified
          keeping it. I changed the torch out for a router .. that was a lot more
          fun as you could do some limited 3D stuff in wood/plastic/etc.

          i broke it down and have all the parts with the intention of building
          a smaller router table instead with a good spindle and plenty of Z axis.

          keep in mind that they are loud and they are dirty.. unless you have another
          space to put it in or a heavy shower curtain I'd suggest making something
          beefier that you can use for other tools and drop the plasma in every
          now and again when you need it.

          Tony

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          • #6
            I'm currently building one when I have the spare time.I probably have half the parts made so far.Just have to get the base and water tank done,then it's on to the electronic stuff.

            Oh,the mess is a problem,that's why I'm going with a water tank.No smoke or sparks that way.
            I just need one more tool,just one!

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            • #7
              i had a water tank!
              maybe it wasn't deep enough (fills full of crap FAST).. or close enough
              to the table surface, i dunno.

              word of wisdom: make the short axis higher off of the table than you
              think you need. cutting thin sheet makes it warp ALOT and you'll crash
              often (or move your sheet & lose your ref) if your overhead clearance is
              too small.

              Tony

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tony
                i had a water tank!
                maybe it wasn't deep enough (fills full of crap FAST).. or close enough
                to the table surface, i dunno.

                word of wisdom: make the short axis higher off of the table than you
                think you need. cutting thin sheet makes it warp ALOT and you'll crash
                often (or move your sheet & lose your ref) if your overhead clearance is
                too small.

                Tony
                Point taken,16" deep seems to be the minimum depth on most commercialy built ones.Also I plan on making the cutting grid a unit that lifts out with at least 10" of water under it.

                Going to have 12" of Z travel and the water tank will be capable of being lowered another 6".Planning a 4th axis to handle up to 12" tubes as well.
                I just need one more tool,just one!

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                • #9
                  Sort of documented build

                  Michael you asked if I had more info about my build. I did a rough documentation at the time and you can find it here:
                  http://www.cnczone.com/forums/plasma...10_plasma.html
                  It was a fun project!
                  Plain ol Bill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Plain ol Bill
                    Michael you asked if I had more info about my build. I did a rough documentation at the time and you can find it here:
                    http://www.cnczone.com/forums/plasma...10_plasma.html
                    It was a fun project!
                    Very nice!

                    Nice knives to BTW!
                    I just need one more tool,just one!

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                    • #11
                      Thank you, Bill. Very impressive!

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