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Old 02-04-2010, 12:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Example of Nesting & what is possible

I saw this sheet being cut yesterday. I snapped a couple of pictures before I left. Then this morning I snapped a few more after they removed the parts from the plate. This is a good example of full nesting that can be accomplished with the Torchmate CAD program.

I hit up my guy running the machine about the settings he used. They are listed below. Realize that this is our top of the line system with the top of the line Thermal Dynamics UltraCut 300 plasma cutter, so don't expect this out of a $3k plasma cutter. The cutter you choose is almost always the limiting factor in these tables.
  • 163 total parts
  • .1875" thick mild steel
  • O2 Plasma and Air Shield
  • Arc Voltage Height Control set to 125volts
  • Running at 50 Amps
  • 110 inches per minute cut speed
  • Pierce Height set to .125"
  • This sheet took 80 minutes to cut
  • It had over 1,000 pierces
  • We used ONE SET OF CONSUMABLES

Next run we will turn up the amperage and the speed. On this particular sheet, my operator started the machine and then went back to his office and had a meeting. He came back and it was done. Nothing like using the machine to make the machines.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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More pictures of what was left.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That must be very rewarding to see your creation multiply..
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That must be very rewarding to see your creation multiply..
It is definitely one of the unique things about our company and products. We actually use them day in and day out. It makes it really easy to figure out what works and what doesn't.

I can't even begin to explain how rewarding the whole experience of this place is. We have so many really cool opportunities right now. Put it this way, I stepped out of my own race car because it is more fun to go to work. Seems just wrong, doesn't it.
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Nice!

That is a bling`n plasma
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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flippin sweet, what size table is that? 5x20?

I just had my first job a few weeks ago to cut parts that I was able to nest an entire sheet full of parts and then cut two full sheets of them.
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It's a 5'x10' table with a 4'x10' sheet on it.
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Nothing like using the machine to make the machines.
Sounds like a line for the movie Terminator.
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It is definitely one of the unique things about our company and products. We actually use them day in and day out. It makes it really easy to figure out what works and what doesn't.

I can't even begin to explain how rewarding the whole experience of this place is. We have so many really cool opportunities right now. Put it this way, I stepped out of my own race car because it is more fun to go to work. Seems just wrong, doesn't it.
That's awesome. Wish I was that lucky

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Those are cool. We have a ways to go to get there. Our second Kuka 6 axis robot will be showing up this week to be put into production. I can't fathom organizing that Lego production. I was putting together a Star Trek Lego ship that my son got the other day. The whole time I was thinking, "who comes up with these things". Now I know. Thanks!
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