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by tcaudle
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Piercing 3/8" thick plate
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Piercing 3/8" thick plate

kkroger, what controller and thc software/setup do you use? It's a pity you can't use a slower feed rate with wiggle pierce, it shakes the hell out of mine when I tried it. It's not recommended by Hypertherm anyway.. I have been trying to get Les to make a program to raise the torch after firing th...
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Piercing 3/8" thick plate
Replies: 29
Views: 492

Re: Piercing 3/8" thick plate

Wiggle pierce MIGHT work but Ramped Pierce does not. Does not play well with the Auto setting for DTHC
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Starting with Ethercut
Replies: 7
Views: 145

Re: Starting with Ethercut

You have Fulltap = 1 set in the post options (at the top) . Unless you have the Hypertherm with the RS485 port and our HyT-Connect RS485 set that option to 0 Use the Edit Post button and make the change
by tcaudle
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)

The only way you can move Z DURING a cut is if you have the older DTHCII that uses the internal THC in MACH and you have the "Use THC even when THC is off" option tin the Mill Settings.
by tcaudle
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)

You have to be careful about "OFF" on the DTHC" You have to put it in MANUAL mode and turn it off via the button. If its left in Auto the G-Code turns it back on again at the start of the next cut.

The Z should not move (Up or Down) with the DTHC off and while its cutting.
by tcaudle
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: DIY Plasma Table & Accessory Discussion Forum
Topic: Dan's 5x10 PPLLC & CandCNC Build
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Dan's 5x10 PPLLC & CandCNC Build

Do not tie table and controls to the same rod: Just gives plasma noise a way to invade your PC and controls . Controls are isolated from the table so only common connection is one you establish
by tcaudle
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Plasma Cut Quality Forum
Topic: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Bad cuts with Hypertherm 65 (Finecuts are the problem?)

Losing steps does not raise the torch....indeed it justs raises the DRO and the torch stays low and the voltage stays close. I ts onoly on the next cut it causes mysery bebause the Z thinks its way up in the air and its not. The DTHC doe snot care about height as reported by the DRO...its imply move...
by tcaudle
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Need a stepper motor
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Need a stepper motor

That is 620 OZ-in 8 wire hybrid 23 frame stepper, 3/8" shaft. Any motor with a similar torque rating and a coil current rating of 3 to 3.5A will work. You can find replacement motors at: homeshopcnc Keling A lot of the motors you see on Ebay are junk and don't have the rated torque they list.
by tcaudle
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Torchmate
Topic: Does anybody else really despise their Torchmate?!?!
Replies: 15
Views: 327

Re: Does anybody else really despise their Torchmate?!?!

Torchmate for years has be a totally independent company. They bought their controllers from Flashcut. The had a separate source for their THCs' Lincoln acquired TM a little over 3 years ago. They instantly made TM raise prices even on tables that had been ordered and were being built (that went ove...
by tcaudle
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: G00 Random Motor Lockup?
Replies: 2
Views: 72

Re: G00 Random Motor Lockup?

That sound is the sound of a motor stall (trying to move it faster than it has torque to do so). It the dreaded "lost steps"
G00 means "Go full speed"
reduce you motor tuning on Z for max velocity by 20% and see if it goes away.
by tcaudle
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: SheetCam Ethercut Question
Replies: 9
Views: 203

Re: SheetCam Ethercut Question

If you upgrade to th LINUX CommadnCNC the g-code (and thus the POST) is entirely different and you old g-code files need to run through the new POST. If you moved to a MACH Ethercut then the old files would work but you will have to set the DTHC parameters manually on the operators console, If you w...
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: DIY Plasma Table & Accessory Discussion Forum
Topic: Newbie starting out, got some questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 191

Re: Newbie starting out, got some questions.

Might want to sit down and think about some things. Using a small router on a table designed for plasma (especailly with steppers) is quite doable. Cutting out big sheets with a big router is something completely different. Building cabinets with a CNC router sounds neat but in practice a craftsman ...
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: DIY Plasma Table & Accessory Discussion Forum
Topic: Scribe in place of machine torch
Replies: 3
Views: 98

Re: Scribe in place of machine torch

The 11J has a "plate Marker " option . It allows you to mount a plate marker/scribe on the Z (off the floating head ) and to call either tool in a job without having to swap anything in or out. If you define a Plate Marker tool it will automatically switch to using M7 and M9 (aux outputs) ...
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: about to blow up my table and machine, need parts!
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: about to blow up my table and machine, need parts!

So with the 2 spades connected to torch and work clamp while using the current prob I DONT need to hook up the "arc ok" connection on the RAV board? No. The DCP handles that function. ALl you hav eto do is find the raw volts, get the polarity right (set the jumper in the PWM module to 7:1...
by tcaudle
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Ohmic Sensor vs. Floating Head
Replies: 11
Views: 274

Re: Ohmic Sensor vs. Floating Head

A lot of this depends on which system you have. The MACH based system uses one input (Z home) for the touch off and the ohmic sensor becomes the Touch off sensor. It has code (if you are using the POST from SheetCAM) to detect a tripped sensor BEFORE it starts the touch off and it also has a "s...
by tcaudle
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: swift cut mac3 plasma cutter
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: swift cut mac3 plasma cutter

hiya don't know if anyone can help me weve got a new swift cut plasma cutter but when we go to cut the dxf file it says "external cutting profile open" doesn't anyone know how to change this? its saying it even with the files downloaded from this site? tia How are you trying to cut a DXF ...
by tcaudle
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Hypertherm Plasma Cutters
Topic: about to blow up my table and machine, need parts!
Replies: 13
Views: 249

Re: about to blow up my table and machine, need parts!

All you have to do is look inside and find the where the workclamp lead is tied to the main board ...that is POS Raw Arc volts. Connect it to the + (pos) of the raw arc volts on the RAV card in the kit. Then look at the wires coming out of the torch. The heavy wires (usually white) are the Electrode...
by tcaudle
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Arclight Dynamics
Topic: Linux
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Linux

You need a high res monitor (at least 1024 vertical ) . You can resize the screen by dragging side or corner but some objects stay the same size like the buttons and DROs The Toolpath can be made bigger or smaller and the zoom function is tied to the center wheel on a mouse. Have the onscreen rulers...
by tcaudle
Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Arclight Dynamics
Topic: Linux
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Linux

Here is how that works. If you send in the Ethercut control box to us we update it and send it back with a LINUX PC . If you do not want the delay and shipping expenses you buy the whole sub assembly (with PC) and swap it out. There is no refund on the old Ethercut sub assembly. We structured it tha...
by tcaudle
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Arclight Dynamics
Topic: Linux
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Linux

We have pushed the MACH systems cease fire date to mid Feb but we have virtually no new individual systems going out with Windows/MACH. It takes some time for OEMs to move over and learn the new system. We still will sell a MACH system to someone that already has that type setup and just wants to up...
by tcaudle
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Plasmaroute still around?
Replies: 14
Views: 394

Re: Plasmaroute still around?

We used to supply them with electronics but they went another path several years ago. We still do repairs on some of their older control boxes and even performed am upgrade to the new LINUX system on one. We have gooten a lot of calls from older customers that have not been able to contact them for ...
by tcaudle
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Various Manufacturers
Topic: Delusional Designs CNC Support
Replies: 20
Views: 819

Re: Delusional Designs CNC Support

Chinese New Year ends Jan 6th. :geek:
by tcaudle
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: aftermarket torch height control
Replies: 22
Views: 2184

Re: aftermarket torch height control

Find the input common on the BoB and short between common and the inputs defined as 11 12 and 13 to make sure you have the inputs and the port defined correctly. Some noards have input LED/s that show when an input goes active, other wise you have to use the jumper method. You may also find the inpu...
by tcaudle
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:23 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: CandCNC THC Odd Behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: CandCNC THC Odd Behaviour

Since TIP SAVER is an anti dive based 100% on software its logical you look at that as a solution. All it does is read the Torch Volts compare it to the preset (same thing the DTHC does to decide to go UP or DOWN and if it get HIGHER than the % you have set for the Tip Saver % int he Cut Profile it ...
by tcaudle
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: CNC Plasma Cutters General Forum
Topic: Issues with plasma cutting, maybe grounding?
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Re: Issues with plasma cutting, maybe grounding?

Since ground is for noise (from the plasma cutting arc) and you don't have that problem i doubt gounding will resolve your issue of not firing the torch. the ONLY thing in the electronics that could cause a torch firing problem is if the torch fire circuit is not staying ON when it fires. The RED To...

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