I pointed you to it, you missed it.
Typically people running a build log have done the learning already, have a plan of action and so on. Some of the learning takes place in the other non build log discussions I pointed you to, when they start doing something wrong, experienced advice gets posted to help them in the right direction.
Bummer, I guess your never going to be in a postion to form that opinion then, what with you not having the time to research everything, so you can learn everything.
Yea so do I, so do allot of us here, what do you want a hug?, your lucky you even got a reply from me given my life at the moment and here you are talking about my reply like you even know me and that others cant read it for themselves, who do you think you are rubbishing my effort like that.
So much for "greatly appreciated".
If you've done all the so called groundwork, what advice exactly is it your looking for? Ohh wait you said, you just need purchasing advice, DOH! if only your first post had said that to start with!!!
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They weld up enormous constructs in steel, find the tool does not fly in the way they expected then try and fix it with THC.
The torch Z axis is invariably driven by an enormous stepper motor because stepper motors seem to come in packs of 3 and they cannot see any other way to do pierce and cut height. The THC then has to convert analogue to digital so everything becomes tortuously complicated controlling stepper coil current when all the cables are next to a plasma arc.
Apparently the only possible plasma unit is the Hypertherm because it has a very nice head for cutting thin stuff. Being Americans they cannot possibly buy a matching low power tool it has to cut 2" armour plate or nothing.
Mostly they will cut plates about 1 to 2 feet across but they make huge water tables and pump tons of polluted water because they can.
I nearly overcame all this, but at the last moment I discovered that the 5M pitch pulleys I had based it around had enormous backlash. I got disheartened after all that work,it got put on a back burner and is still waiting.
Anyway, there are a few snags you might want to think about, assuming you are still here
I'm still here, thanks for the advice :-)
i dont want to build anything over kill, seems pointless when I see the most important factor being control and precision, it's not driving any force so I fail to see why stepper motors are the choice for so many plasma tables when they draw so much current regardless of work done, closed loop servo seems the way to go and I don't think they need to be very big.
be interested to know if people run servos direct drive or step them down with ratio to give more accuracy, I would like to reduce it to so that I have no backlash in the drive.
is there a go to liner rail with screw drive already built in for the X and y?
That was a question i wanted to know, why can you not pump the water down the drain?
And yes guys take it on board I pissed you all off, sorry :-)
You are worrying about all the wrong things. Maybe you have to build the plasma table in your head and get it out of the way first.
The water is polluted by the green guck you put in it to stop the bed slats from rusting.
OK. if you are serious from now on, you will be helped.
Lets start from the beginning:
-How big you will like the plasma table to be? working area
-do you plan to cut square tubes? Round tubes? if yes how long?
-aluminum , welded steel, mixture or aluminum profile structure?
-only dedicated plasma machine or you will try to do other stuff also?
-Hiwin 20 rails is best, same price as 15 size but easier to mount and overall engineer. There is one other rail i like better but is more rare- MGW Hiwin, though its ideal if you use only one rail on Z and X. Which you could do with the HGR also
-1605 ball screw for Z, 1610 for X. Nope, better design them yourself and order them from China. later we will point you from where. Y? still not clear until you say what length will be your longest axis. If you want to cut 2500mm long - rotating ball screw nut both sides is best
So yes, if you dont go bigger than 2500mm on one axis it could be all ball screw machine which simply put is much better than any other option.
-dedicated THC is a must, i dont know whats new this year, but last year Neuron was best here in EU. It controls directly your Z axis and has all the necessary functions, like pause at corners and so on. I have one but not the time to make the plasma table. Avoid cheap THC which are not dedicated/ can not control axis directly/
-even cheap servos with 2500 encoders have enough resolution at 1:1 at one revolution 1610 screw will move 10mm so 2500/10=250 ppr so 1mm/250=0.004mm resolution at speeds 30m/min, which is really fast
depends on design probably 200W or 400W servos for the machine. I will point you from where to buy cheapest in internet.
- I don't like water bed machines. Too much hassle if not a heavy production . When i make my plasma cutter it will be air, sucked and vented into the table
Most importantly- don't rush buying until you have completed the design. If you are lazy or don't have time to design, search for designs to buy, then show us so we could help you choose. I do also bespoke designs these days. Post a job request in relevant forum section . Dean and maybe others make custom machines.
So as you see, there are options. I for once was very busy today and just sat down to respond you but was amazed at the development of your thread. So lets take life easy and see what we can do here.
If machine is meant small size, there are other options. Thats why you were pointed to read build logs. There are modular designs with elements from china, that are quite suitable for 1x1m machine.
Hope that helps
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19-09-2016 #27And yes guys take it on board I pissed you all off, sorry :-)
Not sure what you mean by high precision when talking about a plasma. What sort of precision are you looking for.
Steppers are very easy to setup unlike servos and are cheaper and will also provide more than enough precision
for a router or plasma.
How about starting a build log to keep all the questions in one place and start with (if possible) some cad drawings so as the forum can see what you are trying to build...Clive
That's why i asked him what length. Did you check recently prices for *belts and pulleys* or *RP+pulleys and belts* . Exactly same as for ball screws. Until we don't know what exactly he intends to use the machine for it irrelevant to discuss further.
I personally say for Z belt, for X ball screw and for Y -RP, but that will confuse him and others who read further. There are many ways to make a plasma machine. Did i tell you that the big commercial plasmas use Ballscrew on all and RP on Y, and mind that - 2 motors with brushes on each side of gantry, so they brush rails for dust not to damage Hiwin seals
Boyan we know exactly the use it's in the title "PLASMA TABLE". Also have you seen the crap that comes off plasma machine.? What do you think that will do to ballnut rotating at high speeds along static rod effectively covered in grinding paste.???
You'll be hard pushed to find many commercial plasma cutters using ballscrews other than on Z axis. 99% will be helical R&P with more than enough resolution and easily achieve high feeds without stressing anything.!
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