Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

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Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

Post by BigDogsMetalWorks » Thu Mar 25, 2021 5:03 pm

Ok gonna throw this out and see if anyone can help me. I have no experience with Trucut and know very little about the machine in question, I have a Plasma Cam DHC2 that I use for hobby stuff and I know this setup is a lot different that what I have.

There is a local school system that has what I believe is a Trucut Series 1 plasma table with the water table and a Powermax 45xp plasma cutter. This unit was purchased a few years ago by the school system and the new shop teacher is trying to get it up and running. As far as I know it has been a while since the table was used and we have no idea how much it was used or how successful it was when used. Everyone involved with the initial purchase is no longer at the school. I have been working with him trying to help as much as I can with getting the machine back in working condition. We really know nothing about the machine and have no manuals other than the manual for the powermax 45. I know Trucut is no longer in business so they are out as a source of documentation.

Here is what information I have at this point. Turcut CNC table, Powermax 45xp, There are 2 PC's with the machine one has bobcad and sheetcam on it the other has Mach3. We have powered the machine up and been able to get everything to move and the cutter to fire. We opened a file in Mach3 and it appears to be functional. We were able to get it to try to cut a part but the THC is not working and it crashed the torch, but it did move correctly and fire the torch.

- From the pictures can someone confirm that this is a Series 1 machine..
- Does anyone have the manuals or documentation for this machine that they can or will share or at least point me to?
- Are there any resources that the teacher can use to teach himself how to configure and run the machine?
- What type of THC does this machine use and how do you control it?
- What is the small battery operated laser for is that just a tracer to show where you are going to cut?
- I am open to any help that someone can give me I have no experience with Mach3 and am acting as the middle man to help him get this going.

Thanks in advance
Kevin

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Re: Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

Post by acourtjester » Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:44 am

You may try to contact Ramsey Customs - turbocobra on YouTube he has a Tru Cut table
my trucutcnc.com 4x8 Series1 plasma table
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Re: Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

Post by robertspark » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:35 pm

from the photos, you don't need any info from trucut (except maybe for the thc)

it's running on mach3 (mountains of information available), https://www.machsupport.com/software/mach3/

via an ethernet smooth stepper (again lots of info available) https://warp9td.com/

and the breakout board looks like a PMDX 126 (and Steve is very helpful if you need his help on the mach3 forum)

https://www.pmdx.com/PMDX-126

what exactly do you need help with?

what is not working?
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Re: Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

Post by robertspark » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:47 pm

the laser is just a marker or pointer to allow you to align the work.

does the pc have sheetcam installed as it may provide you with more info via the post processor.

the torch height controller appears to be via a plc (you will need to provide more photos and trace some of the wiring out)

if it is via the plc its control will be as a comparator.... that will be the custom black box..... see if sheetcam is installed and if it has a post processor set up for it which passes the target voltage to the plc via some sort of simple protocol.

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Re: Trucut CNC Plasma Table Need Help!

Post by robertspark » Fri Apr 02, 2021 2:31 pm

https://docplayer.net/92464717-Operator ... of-47.html

this manual may be of help (it lists the m-codes

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