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cnc_plasma_cutter [2021/09/01 00:07] (current)
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 +First note - The CNC Plasma Cutter is not ours - it's Ingenuity's and the compressor is John K's. DON'T MESS WITH IT WITHOUT PERMISSION. This Documentation is for reference purposes/convenient to follow documentation.
 +Checklist for usage (DRAFT: NOT TOTALLY CONFIRMED)
 +  * Design your file in CAD/Inkscape/take your pick.
 +  * CAM up SVG or similar file in SheetCAM or the like.
 +  * Figure out feeds/speeds for your material
 +  * Save to a USB flash drive.
 +  * Power on stuff
 +    * Machine & computer
 +    * Compressor (check dryer & valve as well), Make sure it's at decent pressure, and check continually during a sizeable job
 +    * Plasma Cutter - set Amps appropriately for material
 +  * Situate material on plasma table. Make sure it won't get launched if the probe hits an edge, etc.
 +  * Copy files from USB to NGC files directory on Desktop
 +  * Run LinuxCNC/AXIS/whatever you wanna call it
 +  * Check Physical E-Stop/Virtual E-Stop/Machine Power.
 +  * Home axes - Home button
 +  * Drive to fairly close to material origin (arrow keys/page up & page down for Z)
 +  * Touch off to X/Y origin (hint: touch off Y first, then X. Saves you a click)
 +    * Pro-tip: clean up LinuxCNC screen mess with Ctrl-K.
 +  * Dry Run - Leave Plasma disabled (default) and run the program. Should drive around at safe height and make the moves it would do normally.
 +  * Satisfied with the dry run? Enable the plasma and go for it.
 +  * When finished, drive back close to (but not all the way) home. Make sure a scrap piece is under the business end of the plasma cutter (when the machine is de-energized the business end drops).
 +  * Shut down computer before powering down.
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