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Old Sun 27 May 2012, 01:41
JasonC
Just call me: Jason
 
Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Basic question

Im building a cnc router...Has anyone made a multi use mechmate. Say adding a removable tray on the table for a Router/Plasma cutter?

Jason
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Old Sun 27 May 2012, 02:55
Quadro
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South Australia
Australia
Yes, it works but..... the change over time is a killer. It took me 2-3hrs to change over, even with 2 blokes 1.5hrs. After the second time I had enough, each 2 hours could be spent making another MM not to mention lost productivity so I am in the process of building another.
I thought it would be easy but I have now put it down to a bad idea .

Last edited by Quadro; Sun 27 May 2012 at 03:20.. Reason: spelling
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Old Sun 27 May 2012, 05:09
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Jason
#58 is designed and performs this duty. It is really a dedicated Plasma machine, that when needed for quick other routing work, you add a spoilboard, resurface and start cutting.
I agree with Quadro, the change over time is significant. Mixing fire with wood requires a bit of planning and diligence.
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Old Wed 30 May 2012, 08:48
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Was thinking more about having it set up like a duel router or spindle setup.To keep the changing over part as minimal as poss. Rather than a complete re-set up. Ill look at #58.

Thank you
Jason
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Old Wed 30 May 2012, 08:51
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
the search isnt showing #58 does anyone have a link?

Jas


The only reason is I do allot of both anduntil funds permit Im trying to use what I have.
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Old Wed 30 May 2012, 10:51
Axel1966
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Paris
France
MechMateForum > Personal Build Histories > MechMate Already Cutting > Page 1 :
MechTorch! The First Mechmate Plasma #58 - Winston-Salem, US
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Old Wed 30 May 2012, 17:18
Quadro
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South Australia
Australia
You will also have to think about dust management from the router and plasma.
You will run out of inputs/outputs on one BOB, so a second BOB and a second parallel port PCI card wll be needed.
2 configs/setups for the controller software could be needed.
I'm no trying to put you off or tell you it can't be done, just making sure you had thought of everything.
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Old Thu 31 May 2012, 08:58
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Ok thanks, i have the dust management under control now...I have a full machine shop here at home.
Im currently setup with the router side using USB.

I havent had time to research all the control side yet. it should be pretty close to the router except the touch sensor, the plasma torch trigger and amperage device..?.

Anyone have a basic controler blueprint from the power supply out for a plasma setup? Or maybe a link.

I may just end up doing a straight plasma cutter and have the funds generated from that fund the cnc router...oh and a shop extension..lol.

Thanks
Jason
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Old Thu 31 May 2012, 14:56
Axel1966
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Paris
France
May we have a photo of your router ?
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Old Thu 31 May 2012, 19:49
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Im not finished but the base is complete and the controler tested, waiting on .083x2x4 steel from the states. None in alaska...lol.
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Old Thu 31 May 2012, 20:50
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Is having the plasma added as...lol...simple as adding a THC to the controller? I have a pmdx-126 bob. I read the importantance of isolating also.

Jas
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Old Thu 31 May 2012, 22:07
domino11
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Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Jason,
Others have successfully used 3/16" and 1/4" wall tube for the Y axis gantries. Can you get that locally?
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Old Fri 01 June 2012, 05:50
Quadro
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South Australia
Australia
To connect a plasma with a digital THC you will need the following -
Arc On (connected to plasma - output on BOB)
Arc Ok (connected to plasma - input on BOB)
Torch Down (connected to THC -input on BOB)
Torch in Position (connected to THC - input on BOB)
Torch up (connected to THC - input on BOB)
Torch Touch off (connected to THC - input on BOB).

With that many THCs and BOBs you will have to make sure they are comaptable.

I would stick with the 2mm RHS if it is for a plasma - aceleration is most important.

Last edited by Quadro; Fri 01 June 2012 at 05:51.. Reason: spelling - again
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Old Fri 01 June 2012, 08:22
JasonC
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Soldotna,AK
United States of America
Thats great info thanks.

Im looking at the LCTHC at CandCnC.

Jason
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Old Fri 01 June 2012, 10:49
danilom
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Novi Sad
Serbia
Anthony, what purpose serves the IN POSITION input? I use Agelkom THC and have not used of this input, up/down is all that works for me besides the touch and set height. Thanks
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Old Fri 01 June 2012, 16:41
Quadro
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South Australia
Australia
Danilo, your right as far as controlling the z axis In position has none. It can be used for an on screen indicator.
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