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Buresh
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Steel size

Post by Buresh » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:08 pm

I am having problems with my steel warping I am using 16 gauge trying to do decorative artwork what size is everybody else using for steel

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Re: Steel size

Post by DezertBlingMoto » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:37 pm

you can use 16ga. you just have to play with your ipm and heat/voltage/cutting height . Hope that helps a bit , im sure someone will shimmy in some more intel .

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Re: Steel size

Post by Buresh » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:42 pm

What is the recommended ipm? Im using a lotos ltp 5000d cutter brand new to this.

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Re: Steel size

Post by Stocker3779 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:23 am

I use a Powermax45 at 100IPM and 33 amps for 16ga. Run test patterns on some scrap to get it dialed in.

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Re: Steel size

Post by Buresh » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:38 am

Thank you i will try that

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Re: Steel size

Post by Thor » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:57 am

I use a Powermax 85 with finecut tips running 45amps at 250-300 ipm. How fast you can go depends on your machine and how well it handles corners etc, then its just a matter of getting the amps and voltage set for that speed. (basically, there are other variables too, I get pretty much slag free cuts with my settings)

16ga is the thickest I cut with finecut tips.

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Re: Steel size

Post by SegoMan DeSigns » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:54 am

PM 65 / 45Amps / fines / 120 ipm on 16 ga. with water table.

Thor,

The fine cuts will do 11 ga with no probs.

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Re: Steel size

Post by ctgolfer1 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:56 am

When I am cutting 16 ga or thinner I make sure the water table is full, I make sure I don't cut much in one area, make sure to split up the design and I use 30 amp tips @27 amps.
I set the cut speed to 180 ipm and use a 90 degree lead in.

Very little dross, mainly on the corners that can be squeezed off with my fingers.
Almost no warping at all.
This was last week, fine detail,
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Good luck man.

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Re: Steel size

Post by Thor » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:18 pm

SegoMan DeSigns wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:54 am
Thor,

The fine cuts will do 11 ga with no probs.
I have done up to 12ga with the fine cut tips but typically I am doing production parts and am more concerned with speed (secondary is quality, then tip life). So I usually start going to 65 amp tips at 50 to 65 amps depending on thickness. Doing artwork with lots of detail I may occasionally use finecuts up to 12ga.

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Re: Steel size

Post by SegoMan DeSigns » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:06 pm

Thor wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:18 pm
SegoMan DeSigns wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:54 am
Thor,

The fine cuts will do 11 ga with no probs.
I have done up to 12ga with the fine cut tips but typically I am doing production parts and am more concerned with speed (secondary is quality, then tip life). So I usually start going to 65 amp tips at 50 to 65 amps depending on thickness. Doing artwork with lots of detail I may occasionally use finecuts up to 12ga.
My 11 ga projects were sliding brackets and tabs for the sliding brackets, CNC kicks but on ob-longed holes :Wow

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