CNC Plasma Cutter Up and Running

These are all first day projects made from scratch in a single day. Check out MakeIt Labs' Eventbrite page for the next workshop.

Brian Learns to use the CAD interface on Plasmacam. This allows you to make custom parts fast out of steel, stainless steel, and aluminium.

Before we cut anything, we use a special marker holder to allow plotting of geometry to "preview" the cut. This saves material as everyone learns what geometry does.

Basic geometry is simple.  In order to sketch, you need to simplify your ideas into lines and arcs.  This is what we got to in a few hours. We also went over how to locate your work and how to make sure you don't cut into thin air.

Plotting some words. Separating the cutting and control steps allows participants to learn one skill at a time. By the end of the day everyone was able to make some parts.

The pen drags at the bottom of travel so you can see how the "rapid" travel paths work.

A few minutes of work and we were able to make this robot figurine from am image with some added geometry to accentuate the 3d features.

Sparks! At 20 amps, shade 5 eye protection is needed to protect from flash. Safety of participants and by-standers was emphasized to keep everyone safe.

Brian made this awesome sign for the bar he works at.


Video of the Plasma Cutter in Action: