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Old 02-24-2011, 11:31 AM
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Wow! The chopper sign is impressive. Nice work!
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Old 02-24-2011, 05:21 PM
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X2.....You seem to stay quite busy with this cnc plasma work.

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Old 02-24-2011, 07:35 PM
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That is awesome! For assembly, you could drill holes in the bottom/back layer and rossette weld. Or get a spot welder.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:10 PM
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Wow! The chopper sign is impressive. Nice work!
Thank you, I still feal very new at this but its alot of fun.


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X2.....You seem to stay quite busy with this cnc plasma work.
It seems each job I do gets me two more jobs. The word of mouth is great, but I need some buisness cards or something.

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That is awesome! For assembly, you could drill holes in the bottom/back layer and rossette weld. Or get a spot welder.
I was origionally going to do this but I had to paint both sides of each piece so it wont rust. I was worried about the paint bubling and stuff so I went with rivets.
















I had to get on a ladder to get this last pic. Its huge!
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:04 PM
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Looks awsome good job
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:24 PM
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It seems each job I do gets me two more jobs. The word of mouth is great, but I need some buisness cards or something

Hey what a great way to use up scraps ......... make your unique business cards out of this sheet metal with a cutt out logo on the torchmate. I would bet not many others have that. What a great way to give out a sample of your product all tied into your business name and contact info. Will the torchmate be able to do something that small?

Just a thought
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:51 PM
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Hey what a great way to use up scraps ......... make your unique business cards out of this sheet metal with a cutt out logo on the torchmate. I would bet not many others have that. What a great way to give out a sample of your product all tied into your business name and contact info. Will the torchmate be able to do something that small?

Just a thought
That would be sweet, when I get the plate marker I will make some for sure!!!
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:06 AM
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Hey Andy I sent you that Excel File today... I may have to look into getting the torch mate design software. To bad they dont have a demo version I just updated my Alibre Maint so it left me broke LOL...
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:10 AM
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VEry impressive... Damn I need to figure my table.... 6/12's are killing my shop time! come on sunday!
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:03 PM
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Thank you, I still feal very new at this but its alot of fun.




It seems each job I do gets me two more jobs. The word of mouth is great, but I need some buisness cards or something.



I was origionally going to do this but I had to paint both sides of each piece so it wont rust. I was worried about the paint bubling and stuff so I went with rivets.
















I had to get on a ladder to get this last pic. Its huge!
How the hell do you get such clean detailed cuts out of your torchmate? Mine is a brute and loses the detail big time. It's really impressive.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:59 PM
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Where in socal are you? What do you mean you lose detail? What machine do you have and what features with it? Witch plasma are you running? I believe there are a ton of factors to get a quality cut. What settings are you running, air setup, etc?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:12 AM
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I'm in Colton, near Fontana. I got a torchmate 3 with torche height control. I'm using a miller spectrum 1000.

When I do small stuff I lose some of the detail. I think my spectrums are just to big. They work great on thicker stuff.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:17 AM
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Amperage and speed and torch height are the big ones that Ive seen. Whats the lowest amperage you can set your machine to? Do they have fine cut consumables for your machine?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:24 AM
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Amperage and speed and torch height are the big ones that Ive seen. Whats the lowest amperage you can set your machine to? Do they have fine cut consumables for your machine?
I don't remember the lowest. I think it's like -80 amp. I've tried using finer consumables and it did no good. Luckily we don't do fine cutting, but every once in a while I need to.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:28 AM
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What settings do you run for say 16 gauge mild steel?
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:30 AM
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about 60 amp, but at a high speed. If i wanted to do something more precise I would lower it to 40-50 and a slower speed.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:35 AM
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Wow, how many ipm?
I run about half that, 30 amp (40 amp tip) at 90 ipm, 60ipm max arc, pierce height .19, initial cut height .14, at 89 volts for the height control.
Your very close to me, maybe 30 min. If you want to try a few things let me know and I could head over to your shop and see if we can get some better cuts for you.

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Wow, how many ipm?
I run about half that, 30 amp (40 amp tip) at 90 ipm, 60ipm max arc, pierce height .19, initial cut height .14, at 89 volts for the height control.
Your very close to me, maybe 30 min. If you want to try a few things let me know and I could head over to your shop and see if we can get some better cuts for you.
I'm not sure what IPM, my torchmat is set up at %. But we run it fast. It's production.

I appreciate the offer, but I'm really far from OC, I wouldn't want you going out of your way for this. Thanks though, great of you to offer.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:47 AM
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Just dropped in to check things out. Scootek, you have been busy. I really like those signs you have been making.

Chairmnofthboard, yeah that Miller plasma cutter is only going to allow you so much detail. I am sure it works great on the thick stuff. It is more a function of the tip and being able to run a lower amperage rather than just slowing down. Kind of like trying to draw a picture with a Sharpie. The new Hypertherm and Thermal Dynamics cutters allow you to really turn the thing down to get better detail.

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:14 AM
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Chairmnofthboard, yeah that Miller plasma cutter is only going to allow you so much detail. I am sure it works great on the thick stuff. It is more a function of the tip and being able to run a lower amperage rather than just slowing down. Kind of like trying to draw a picture with a Sharpie. The new Hypertherm and Thermal Dynamics cutters allow you to really turn the thing down to get better detail.

Bill
Well, on top of that the machine is just shaky. Every time the torch changes direction the machine wiggles and that kills the smoothness. I got one of your very first Torchmate 3 (there wasn't even instructions when I got it). Because of that my gantry is setup like a "T". That's part of the problem right there. Plus I have the stepper motors with the factory "belts" instead of a gear box so there's backlash.

I can't see my model being all that great for detail work (signs, artwork, etc), unless you sloooooooow it down to a crawl. For what we do, it works fine. We use it daily, sometimes all day.
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