Boss CNC plasma tables can cut most metals, including steel, brass, copper, and aluminum. If you have a router attachment, you can cut out wood and plastics as well.
The engineering, welding, painting, wiring, and assembly are all done in Calmar, IA. This is truly an American made machine.
Absolutely, nobody starts out as an expert, and you're not alone in that regard. The primary challenge to overcome initially is getting comfortable with CAD (Computer-Aided Design). Once you can navigate CAD software, you've built a solid foundation to operate the CNC machine. The good news is, when you invest in the machine, we offer free in-house training. Alternatively, if the machine is delivered to your site, we provide on-site training. So, you're in capable hands, and we're here to support your learning journey.
Understandable, if CAD isn't your preference, there are still options available. You'll need access to drawings or designs in some form. You can either collaborate with someone who can create these parts for you, or you can explore available files on the web. Keep in mind that purchased files may require some adjustments to match your exact product specifications. So, having a reliable source for producing or customizing these drawings, whether it's you or someone you trust, is essential to bringing your desired product to life.
That's a valid point. While there are controllers that can assist in drawing common parts, it's essential to remember that having a basic understanding of CAD can greatly expand your capabilities. Investing the time to learn CAD can open up a world of possibilities beyond simple shapes. With CAD skills, you'll have the flexibility to create custom designs and fine-tune your projects to your exact specifications, giving you more control and versatility in your work.
With our HALO controller software you can use:
- Inkscape for art (Provided with your table)
- QCad for simple parts (Provided with your table) QCad is a great “Shop Floor Cad” or “Quick Parts”
- You can also pair with a preferred existing CAD program.
Looking for more flexibility such as 3D, Sheet metal, assembly’s, or structures, Check out Fusion 360 as it is subscription based and very powerful. There are tons of tutorial videos and almost unlimited possibilities.
With our FlashCut controller software, the operating system is an ALL-IN-ONE CAD/CAM/CNC so that CAD program is built in.
To some extent you can but the problem with pictures is they are made with tiny dots (pixel). Compared to a DXF witch is a solid line witch can represent a shape or part etc.. The tiny dots contained in a picture need to be transformed into a Vector Image (lines). To get a vector (line) drawing from a bitmap you let the software convert the Pixels into lines witch can be distorted. It is called “auto trace” or “image vectorizer”.
There are many advantages to both types of tables. The plasma water table uses water reduce fumes and particles by forcing them in the water, keeping them from dispersing into the air. The downdraft plasma table uses a filter system to keep the air clean by collecting the fumes and particles. To learn more: CNC Plasma Water Table vs. Downdraft
In short, choosing between servo and stepper motors doesn't significantly impact CNC plasma cutting accuracy when the stepper is properly set up with planetary gears and a well-sized rack and pinion system. The crucial factor affecting precision is often the plasma arc, which can lag behind the torch movement. To see this in action, check out the informative video for a clearer picture. Watch Video
The servo vs. stepper motor debate in CNC systems persists. Servos, in a closed-loop setup, offer precise tracking but can be unforgiving if off track. They boast faster travel speeds between parts, though cutting speed is fixed by the tool set. The benefits include reduced noise and vibration, advantageous for less sturdy tables. We use both, but 90% of our builds employ steppers. The choice depends on customer preferences, weighing precision, speed, and table construction considerations. To learn more: Stepper Motors vs Servo Motors
We appreciate your interest in our tables. While our tables are designed for durability and longevity, we understand that budget considerations vary. We aim to provide value and quality at a competitive price point, but if you're looking for more budget-friendly options, we can explore alternatives or discuss your specific needs to find a suitable solution.
In the CNC plasma industry, stepper motors offer cost-effectiveness and simplicity, providing high torque at low speeds for basic cutting tasks with precise positioning. However, they lack the accuracy over longer distances compared to the more expensive servo motors. Servo motors, operating in a closed loop with feedback systems, excel in precision, consistency, and dynamic movements, making them preferred for intricate designs and industrial fabrication. The choice between stepper and servo motors depends on budget constraints and the specific requirements of CNC plasma operations. Learn more: Stepper Motors vs Servo Motors