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Old Sat 23 April 2016, 14:03
stretch
Just call me: stretch
 
Edmonton
Canada
Seriously considering

Hiya all
Just a quick question before i dive in ....im looking to build a cnc router but would also like to know if this can be easily interchangable to a cnc plasma as well?
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Old Sat 23 April 2016, 14:14
servant74
Just call me: Jack
 
Nashville (Tennessee)
United States of America
Welcome!

The gantry is pretty heavy for a plasma, but it can be done.

One of the options is building a quick change mount for the router, that could be swapped for a plasma head mount.

I know nothing about controls for plasma cutters, but I heard that there are some controllers that do automatic height adjustments. I am sure there is a way to generate the appropriate control changes, just not my forte.
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Old Mon 25 April 2016, 10:04
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Stretch,
It has been done. MM #58, The challenge is plasma is FIRE and router feeds the fire with wood dust and flammable drops.

The students at UNCSA built a MM that does both with a dual z in the Y-car.

The plasma is a hypertherm torch with THC control unit. If you are building a simple plasma (occasional use) I would highly recommend you use a contact tip method and NOT a THC controller.

Search the forums for MM #58 or see the machine on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSvdGoM5hTs
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Old Mon 25 April 2016, 11:41
stretch
Just call me: stretch
 
Edmonton
Canada
Thanks for the responses
Nice to see it in action
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