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Steel marking !!!

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:00 pm
by Leeds88
Hi,

New guy here from England!

I have just purchased a 8x4 cnc water table with a hypertherm 105, Gets delivered in a few weeks.

Just found out today that 50 percent of the plates I'm going to be cutting will need marking with a small number around 20mm in size. Now I know the 105 can't do it so the next one in our budget would be the 45xp but it just doesn't have the duty cycle.

Has anybody fitted a tool of some sort to there table that could mark mild steel plates (pneumatic Scriber maybe)

Or has anybody actually tried marking with the 105 because the marking shields fit don't They??

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:11 am
by plasmanewbie
Pneumatic scribers are great but expensive to buy and noisy to operate. It will however give the ability to scribe deeper if needed ( more air pressure and slow down feedrate). If you don't need to scribe real deep a diamond tipped drag engraver will be much cheaper. I use this one https://www.tormach.com/store/index.php ... &ref=32447 and it works great.

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:51 pm
by Leeds88
Thank you for the reply!! Oh ok yes that sounds like a much better option for me!!

Do you have any pictures of how you have attached it to your table??

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:24 pm
by djreiswig
There is a whole sub forum dedicated to plate markers. Maybe you can find something in there.
viewforum.php?f=100

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:49 am
by beefy
plasmanewbie wrote:Pneumatic scribers are great but expensive to buy and noisy to operate. It will however give the ability to scribe deeper if needed ( more air pressure and slow down feedrate). If you don't need to scribe real deep a diamond tipped drag engraver will be much cheaper. I use this one https://www.tormach.com/store/index.php ... &ref=32447 and it works great.


Thanks very much for that, I never knew such a toy was out there. Noise was my biggest concern with scriber methods.

I'm going looking for one of them right now.

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:02 am
by plasmanewbie
Leeds88 wrote:Thank you for the reply!! Oh ok yes that sounds like a much better option for me!!

Do you have any pictures of how you have attached it to your table??


I don't have any pics but basically its an aluminum bar same diameter as the plasma torch with a hole bored in the end that the Tormach tool slides into and is held in place with a set screw. Take the torch out and simply replace it with the engraver assembly. Super simple :D

Re: Steel marking !!!

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:54 pm
by Leeds88
Thanks for all the info really appreciate it!!