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Things sometimes blow up in your face. I lost my helper, and my main PC (13 years old now) finally gave up the ghost, so I went to Best Buy today to pick up a new DELL Inspirion 3030 with the i7 processor and more. Now I have to REMEMBER what software was on the other PC that will no longer boot up, and try to recover a couple of TERABYTES of .pcm and .dxf files, as well as many other things. :-x

Then I need to move that DesignEdge seat to the new PC tower. That requires a call to PlasmaCam, and a bit more.

I am NOT giving up on this project, but life keeps tossing grenades into my plans.

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The new PC is up and running! I like it so much, I bought three more of them! :lol: :shock:

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Cute little computer. Do they have an LTP port or you just use it for design? Not a fan of Dell systems but glad you have it working.
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I installed the AXXON LF1119KB parallel card and driver.

This machine would not normally run a table, but I like options!

In fact, I like it so much, I bought three more of them. I also equipped all of them with the LF1119KB parallel cards and 15' parallel cables from Amazon, just for possible future use with PlasmaCam tables. :mrgreen:

I think I will use them to replace the older Dell Optiplex PCs, and probably donate those to a local school or something, after DesignEdge is deleted from them.

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Nice Joe, hope those Dells work out for operating the table through those new cards also.
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Time will tell. I ordered new monitors for the towers, and (10) new 13-Function USB hubs for the laptops and towers. Now I have to set up a 'YUGE banquet table in the living room, set all of this $%& up and make sure everything is right. I will be doing some DesignEdge training in Texas for a full week, in July, and I want everything to WORK!

I have not decided whether I will take my 4x4 table with me to demo. They do not use a plasmaCam table, but they are interested in the software. Unbelievably, they are currently using PlasmaCAM version 1.20 :Wow I cannot believe the products they make, using that old, outdated software.

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Do you think you’ll take the grate elevator system down to see if they want some of those as well?
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rdj357 wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:05 pm Do you think you’ll take the grate elevator system down to see if they want some of those as well?
When I finally get the first one built and functional, I will duplicate the project on other tables. I am also interested in making this project for the 510 tables. I am not sure if I would raise and lower the entire grate, or only one half of it.

I am juggling many different projects, and they all demand my immediate attention.

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Joe Jones wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 12:39 am
rdj357 wrote: Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:05 pm Do you think you’ll take the grate elevator system down to see if they want some of those as well?
When I finally get the first one built and functional, I will duplicate the project on other tables. I am also interested in making this project for the 510 tables. I am not sure if I would raise and lower the entire grate, or only one half of it.

I am juggling many different projects, and they all demand my immediate attention.

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Gotcha. I was just trying to come around full circle on the thread topic here to see how that was going. I thought the side trips might be somehow related to the grate elevator system. Safe travels and good luck with your many demanding projects.
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I just need that helper!

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Joe Jones wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 9:38 am I just need that helper!

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Dang! I thought you'd found one that retired or something close by and was going to be the new right hand guy. Then there was mention of a couple that you helped get on their feet, stable housing, and went on your adventures picking up some more tables with you. I guess I misunderstood and thought one or both of them were considering working with/for you on these projects as well. We've beat the how to attract and retain good help in the past so nothing more on that but I thought this project would really be moving forward now after a couple months of relatively slow development and quite a few pages of discussion here about it and a plethora of other things.
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rdj357 wrote: Thu Jun 13, 2024 2:20 pm
Dang! I thought you'd found one that retired or something close by and was going to be the new right hand guy. Then there was mention of a couple that you helped get on their feet, stable housing, and went on your adventures picking up some more tables with you. I guess I misunderstood and thought one or both of them were considering working with/for you on these projects as well.
That is still an option, and they have worked for me on several occasions already. I cannot afford to be their ONLY source of income.
We've beat the how to attract and retain good help in the past so nothing more on that
Thank you, Elon Musk.
but I thought this project would really be moving forward now after a couple months of relatively slow development and quite a few pages of discussion here about it and a plethora of other things.
Walk a mile in my shoes, Robert. Then we'll talk.

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I am back, and ready to begin tackling the grate elevator project! ALMOST all obstacles are out of my way now. I returned with the table from Houston, and now I must convert the first table for proof of concept.

I will then decide whether to convert and sell all of them, or simply sell them AS-IS, and let people do the conversion themselves.

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Welcome back Joe! Look forward to seeing this projects final stages. Good luck :Like
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The trip was pretty good. The training went really well. I slashed the tire on the trip and had to limp home on the spare. When it came to replacing the tire at Discount Tire, I looked at the wear on the tires and decided to just replace all four of them. It’s an expense I did not count on of course, but that’s what credit cards are for!

Then I went to Valvoline and did the oil change, cabin filters, change, replacement of the gear oil in the front and rear differentials, etc. So yesterday was an expensive day. However, I did not want to do a partial replacement of tires and then start chasing around which ones should be on the front and the rear, etc.. I’ll probably find somebody who can use these other three good tires and just give them to them. It’s not worth trying to sell them even though they probably have 20,000 miles left on the tread.

I have to flip one of the tables over and set it up on my Gooseneck Trailer so I can do some measurements, etc. Then I will design the four brackets that will hold the electric motors and transmissions and bolts to the stock Plasmacam table bolts. I can send that file to SendCutSend, to have them cut out for me.

I am really anxious to get one table functional just for proof of concept. Then I can’t decide if I’m going to convert all of these tables and sell them, Or do something else with them such as selling them to be used as a 4 x 4 to 4 x 8 conversion, etc. Once I figure out how to make the grate elevator work properly, I will probably just publish a list of parts that you can order from Amazon and do the project yourself. I’m not interested in making any money off of it. Really, it is more of a challenge to me to see if I can add this capability to a standard plasmacam table. The modification will give your table about 30 inches of gantry to grate clearance and it will also eliminate the need for the Plasmacam pipe cutting accessory as well.

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