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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #1
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Default Cnc Plasma table build *8/5/09, updates page 4*

Finally underway on our Cnc Plasma table. We have everything ordered, just waiting for the parts to come in! We are sourcing all the parts on our own, but should have it together and running in a couple more weeks. It is going to be a 5'x9' water table.













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Old April 20th, 2009, 12:44 PM   #2
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oooh la la!! ..
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Old April 20th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #3
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so will it be plasma or water? title says plasma
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Old April 20th, 2009, 01:52 PM   #4
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Plasma with a water table.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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never new something like that existed. what will that do for ya cool slag instantly keep parts from warping????
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Old April 20th, 2009, 02:23 PM   #6
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so .. uh, how are our bumpers coming along? kidding, nice table!
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Old April 20th, 2009, 02:28 PM   #7
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Very cool! you beat me to it!!! when the buggy is done I'm going to start on one too... who are you getting the electronics and controllers from? dancnc.com seems to have the best setup for the money.

roller cam followers or linear guides? rack and pinion or ball screw?
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We built this table like a week ago on night after work. I just got around to posting pics. I will post more information as parts come in.

We ordered our controls from candcnc.com. We bought the PlazPak-1A, it should be here any day now.

It is being set up with linear rails and bearing trucks. We will be using rack and pinion to drive it.
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Will the water actually be touching the material? I made a water table for mine but it was about 3-4 inches below the surface (as close as I could get it) and it did nothing but collect sparks. I wanted it for dust and smoke control and now have a vaccum table that works great. But if its right to the material it may work better if your cuttter is made for it. Mine would also splash up just right once in a while and blow a tip, it would sound like a shotgun going off.
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Tab, we are setting it up to be like 1/4-3/8" below the material we will be cutting.

1badzuk, the goal for the water table is to kill dust and smoke.
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Do you need a special torch head for that? Mine was a few inches away and the smoke would just billow out and around the sheet bouncing off the water. It also splashed a bit making me nervous after the first short. Good size though, that will be nice for sure.
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Are you using a machine torch? I think you just had too much space between the water and the material.
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Water needs to be close...

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/showthread.php?t=49285

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that has a cool sound
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Are you using a machine torch? I think you just had too much space between the water and the material.
Handheld. But the end parts are the same, just has a different shape handle and a trigger. Probably did have too much space, I just let people know my experience when I see them on boards wanting to build a water table for smoke control. Usually its accurate and they end up going to a vaccum table in the end anyway. But we have different layouts for sure. Be sure to post up vids when done, should be cool.
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wow, that seems like a lot of splash and mess for all that amperage to handle. So do you need a special torch for use that close to water? I'm not doubting I'm just very uneducated on this style table.
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I agree. I hadn't seen a water table in operation, but it looks like a mess compared to a vacuum table. I wonder how old it will get having to clean materials as you load and unload.
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It uses a solution that is not just water. Many companies sell it as "plasma quench". It has an additive that keeps stuff from rusting. I will gladly take wiping off some parts over dealing with the plasma dust and haze from a machine without it! Our current shop is COVERED in plasma dust from just 3 years of hand cutting, let alone running a CNC plasma daily.

The water tables are very popular, this is not something new.
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So what's going to be the test piece? A new and improved Meb Alls perhaps?
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