Short video of my newly acquired CNC plasma cutter.

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Comment by Russell Bell on June 9, 2011 at 6:09am
would you be interested in doing some cutting of parts for me they are parts that zenit dont make off cause I am willing to pay you for this regards Russ russbell1@dodo.com.au
Comment by Andre Levesque on May 5, 2011 at 8:42pm
Toys for grownups... Tom.....lol
Comment by Andre Levesque on May 5, 2011 at 7:15pm

Thanks Ron,

Obviously I haven't purchased this CNC just for building my aircraft....LOL

I design and fabricate all kinds of parts for special computer casings, telecom racking, parts for my off roads.

It's ideal for quickly producing metal parts  for prototypes and then bending them to shape. 

Gives me more options. 

Comment by Tom Vesely on May 5, 2011 at 7:06pm
That is the best toy that I've seen so far.  You're my new best friend!
Comment by Andre Levesque on May 5, 2011 at 6:12pm

The part is actually .032 and not .060 like I mentioned in the video. This machine is an amazing addition to any fabricator, scratch builders and the hobbyist. I use Autocad and  Solidworks for design purposes. I then export my designs in DXF formats for importing into my DesignEdge software running the plasma CAM cutter.

There is no need to manipulate gcode like other CNC machine on the market....that cuts the time to production significantly.  The precision is to .005 inches. the thickness that can be cut is dependent on the amperage of your plasma cutter. I use a Hypertherm powermax 30 (30 amps) and you can upgrade to 100 amp and cut up to 1 1/4 inches thick. Not that I will use that on my aircraft -:) 

The initial setup was critical so i could get the right settings and cut speed for each type of materials and thickness. But once that's done, you store the settings in the software and reuse at will.

As an example, I needed to install (16 )  90 degrees angle plates  8: x 8" x 1/8" galvanized steel  with (10)  3/8" holes on each plate for the bolts on my dock at the cottage. Cost for those at the hardware store  $19.45 ea.

for a total of $ 311 + taxes . I designed them on my CAD in 1 minute flat...cut them in 10 minutes and costed me $76 for the metal sheet and i have left over material.  Amazing...and most of all FUN!!    lol

Comment by Ron D Leclerc on May 5, 2011 at 5:59pm

Great machine Andre...

Ron

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