DCB Episode 2 - WELD TABLE

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  1. LECS-Chad

    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    We needed weld tables for our demo area at our facility in Reno, NV since we also host welding equipment. What a great way to flex out some of the capabilities of our machines along with build a sturdy weld table for years of shop abuse. Plus we were able to allocate the plasma marking feature found on the FlexCut 125.

    Check it out...



    This is the build of materials we used for this project.

    Equipment:
    • Torchmate TMX w/ FlexCut 125
    • PowerMig 210 MP Multiprocess Welder
    • PowerWave C300 Advanced Multiprocess Welder
    • Shop tools
    • Hydraulic press w/bender
    Material used: (total)
    • (3) 3/8" 4' x 8' HRMS
    • (1) 3/16" 4' x 4' HRMS
    • (12) sticks of 2" square tubing
    • (12) 4" casters
    As you can see with the TMCAD we are able to set up two separate files with all the parts required. So one is nested with all the 3/16" extra parts for the welder holder, caster brackets, and the grinder/wire holders. The other file had all three tops in one that were output one at a time.

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    So each table top had separate inside cutouts done mainly for jigging required. All three had the grid layout plasma marked into the tops. I created a 1" x 1" grid pattern along with 22, 37, 45 degree lines for reference. The plasma marked features are deep enough that you will not be able to "work" them out of the tops of the table but shallow they will not become a snag trying to move parts around.

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    After the frames were tacked and welded the tops were mounted. The grinder holders and supports were placed were it was convenient. We also had some scrap tube for welder torch holders placed. We isolated the air tanks from the table with some covered chain and rubber tubing.

    I provided the CDL and DXF.

    Show us what you did to your custom welding table!

    Chad
     

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  2. OcalaWill

    OcalaWill Well-Known Member

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    What are the settings (nozzle size, amperage, voltage, speed, CH, etc.) to make plasma cut gridlines? I love the way these turned out. I'd also like to see more pictures of them in use.
     
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    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    The Plasma Marking feature on the FlexCut 125 plasma cutter just drops the amperage down to whatever you require. So I still used the 105a consumables but the marking i dropped to 17 amps @ 150 ipm. You have a choice for the marking setting from 15 amps to 30 amps. It worked ok for this project as they didn't require real true "detail" as if that was the case I would have used the plate marker instead of the plasma marker.
     
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    OcalaWill Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Chad. Ok so what about he FC80? I don't recall seeing a Plasma Marking feature in the manual?
     
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    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    The plasma marking feature is not available on the FC80 only on the FC125.
     
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    OcalaWill Well-Known Member

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    Ok but could I use manually and use basic settings 17 amps @ 150 ipm, nix the pierce and play around with CH and voltage to get there?
     
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    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't recommend it as the plasma doesn't have the feature along with the torches and consumables are not built to support the marking function.
     
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    Hi chad, I was just wondering, there isnt any command in torchcad that specifically says "use plasma mark", is there? I mean I use plasma marking but i have to manually change it in the power supply, which means cutting gcode file is different from plasma mark gcode file. Can it be done in one go (1 gm for both cutting and marking)?
     
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    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    As of right now there isnt a feature to FORCE MARK on the FC125. You can set it up similar to the PLATE MARKER and leave the TOOL set to 1. Then sequence the MARK first. Then when you are at your table set your FC125 up to mark and do that first. Pause the program between the MARKING and PLASMA and switch over to PLASMA.

    Keep in mind that the PLASMA MARKING does not use the AVHC so set your height and pierce accordingly.
     
  10. MitchFred

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    What are the dimensions for the frame ??
     
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    LECS-Chad Moderator Staff Member

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    32" x 63" x 32" high (not including the casters)
     
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    Sorry, Meant to Say Thanks !!
     

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