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  1. #31
    Yeah I know, but I have a mountain of the stuff :) and it's not going to see production use so we'll see how it goes.

    maybe the mk2 will have a steel gantry and welded frame, who knows.

  2. #32
    It could be good idea to fashion some kind of cleaning brushes in front of the bearings, or a sponge.

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  4. #33
    That's possible, maybe some draught-excluder brush stuff.

  5. #34
    I have seen a very expensive plasma table and it had small motors with brushes in front all the bearing blocks. Amazingly funny.

  6. #35
    Wow, that's a step too far I think ;)

  7. #36
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Fouché View Post
    I'm looking into a bigger project but I also want to use my chinese plasma in it. I always keep my torch in contact during cutting. I plan to spring load the torch to follow undulations in the surface.
    How does it handle piercing?

    my torch will pierce at 90deg but prefers being angled over a bit until pierced.

    it may be over engineering it but maybe the torch could be mounted on a cradle that when driven into the work makes the torch tip over and then self-corrects when the z axis is lifted, so maybe it would pierce at -10mm and cut at +1.5mm??

    just wondering.



    i got the carriage mounted today and fitted the z-axis to it, pictures to follow, looking at connecting my drive belts to the gantry now.

  8. #37
    htmlEncouraging discovery, after another few hours googling I found this excellent thread...

    http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,20076.0


    The guy modified a cheap HF start plasma by adding a ground wire to the tip thereby tricking the machine into thinking it is in drag contact permanently, this gave him full power plasma without hitting the metal and also cut the HF interference problem a lot.

    its an inspired idea I think.

    As it's starting with full plasma, could I then start my piercing cut at a more reasonable distance??

    this needs experimenting I think....

  9. #38
    Quote Originally Posted by Davek0974 View Post
    htmlEncouraging discovery, after another few hours googling I found this excellent thread...

    http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,20076.0


    The guy modified a cheap HF start plasma by adding a ground wire to the tip thereby tricking the machine into thinking it is in drag contact permanently, this gave him full power plasma without hitting the metal and also cut the HF interference problem a lot.

    its an inspired idea I think.

    As it's starting with full plasma, could I then start my piercing cut at a more reasonable distance??

    this needs experimenting I think....

    I remember that one. A great idea.

  10. #39
    The beast lives :)

    wired it all all together today, just temporary lash-up for testing without the torch.

    after a little debugging and tweaking motor steps and speeds, it is now running very nicely as a pen plotter :)

    better than expected, very fast and accurate so far but will be testing for lost steps tomorrow if I get a chance.

    are there any figures to aim for I.e.acceleration G's or mm/sec etc, never having run a CNC anything, it's hard to know what to aim for.

  11. #40
    A short vid of the beast playing...
    http://www.davekearley.co.uk/LinkPics/CNCVID1.mp4

    fun to play with :)

    i have the motors tuned to 15m/min , can't remember what acceleration was, this test file was programmed to 3m/min cut.
    Last edited by Davek0974; 31-01-2014 at 06:47 PM.

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