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Old 12-18-2018, 08:09 PM   #151 (permalink)
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I'm impressed you were able to find space for it
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:29 PM   #152 (permalink)
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I'm impressed you were able to find space for it
It took some light remodeling; but it was time, work load had changed, therefore efficiency must improve to accommodate.

But yeah, lost a couple feet of depth in the first bay, but plenty of room there to build projects yet.

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Old 12-18-2018, 11:03 PM   #153 (permalink)
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That's badass!

Look forward to your long term review of the table and the Everlast unit. I'm definitely going to get me another plasma table one of these days, and glad to see them coming down in price as more businesses seem to offer them the past few years...

Thanks for keeping your threads updated...
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Old 12-19-2018, 01:56 PM   #154 (permalink)
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Nice addition to the shop. I just picked up a Wright CNC as my first table and am having fun learning it. What program are you using to draw parts. I started with Inkscape, then used the bendtec sheet metal one, and have also been playing with Fusion360.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:41 PM   #155 (permalink)
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That's badass!

Look forward to your long term review of the table and the Everlast unit. I'm definitely going to get me another plasma table one of these days, and glad to see them coming down in price as more businesses seem to offer them the past few years...

Thanks for keeping your threads updated...
So far so good. I still need to do some fine tuning for backlash. But I'm very happy with the edge and hole quality I've dialed in. I'm up and running for about $6g, including a 75 piece consumable kit.

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Nice addition to the shop. I just picked up a Wright CNC as my first table and am having fun learning it. What program are you using to draw parts. I started with Inkscape, then used the bendtec sheet metal one, and have also been playing with Fusion360.
The unit shipped with viacad 2d, inkscape, sheetcam and mach 3. I struck a deal with bendtech ay fabtech show. I'm getting pro, with the sheet metal packs and templates. I like viacad pretty well for 2d, it's more intuitive to me than inkscape. But I'm very green.

Hopefully, I'll be happy with how good the 3d drawing is in bendtech. If not I'll look into fusion or designspark mechanical.

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Old 12-19-2018, 08:27 PM   #156 (permalink)
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I have BendTech pro, and the SM isnít bad. Fusion360 is great to work with and is free for a hobbyist license, but it doesnít export well to Sheetcam for me. Iím still playing with it.
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are you trying to model things in 3D and then 'explode' the surfaces out to 2D dimensions for the plasma table?

I guess i don't see the benefit of a 'better' cam system
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:24 AM   #158 (permalink)
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I have BendTech pro, and the SM isnít bad. Fusion360 is great to work with and is free for a hobbyist license, but it doesnít export well to Sheetcam for me. Iím still playing with it.
Just ordered this as well. I like sheetcam 2d so far. Hoping most of my work will commence in bendtech sm.

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are you trying to model things in 3D and then 'explode' the surfaces out to 2D dimensions for the plasma table?

I guess i don't see the benefit of a 'better' cam system
Yes so far that's what I've been doing. Everything unfolded in 2d. Drawing in 3d will hopefully make my 2d more efficient, especially fitting multiple pieces together.

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Old 12-29-2018, 07:24 AM   #159 (permalink)
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The tubing behind the B pillar is complete. Still some sheet metal work back there to come; tailgate, fuel cell mounting, tool box building. Seatbelt shoulder harness mounts are installed. And front tube fenders are coming together, nothing spectacular with the design yet, just getting a good tight fit so far.

















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Old 12-29-2018, 12:27 PM   #160 (permalink)
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Old 12-29-2018, 02:37 PM   #161 (permalink)
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Thank you!

Banged out a quick little 3d part from a 2d draft, on the plasma table. A couple slight modifications for the drivers side, (this side is acceptable with tweaking). Once corrected I'll modify the drawing to knockout the drivers side to be a bolt on pattern.

You can also see where I modified the hood flange, due to slanting the grill rearward allowing a 1.5" drop off the front edge for visibility. It was no longer 90 degrees to the tub face, so I had to re-crease the flange higher on the grill side.








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Old 12-29-2018, 04:33 PM   #162 (permalink)
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Interesting dropping the hood down. doesn't look like much really at all from the side shot so probably well worth the effort
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:42 PM   #163 (permalink)
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Interesting dropping the hood down. doesn't look like much really at all from the side shot so probably well worth the effort
Yes, hard to see it, unless you notice the cant of the grill. But in that short 10" span from firewall to tube fender, I took away .375 at the tube. You can also see the reveal difference from the hood hinge down to the corner at the firewall/ new fender sheetmetal.

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Old 12-29-2018, 05:28 PM   #164 (permalink)
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How noticeable is the visibility increase?
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:51 PM   #165 (permalink)
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How noticeable is the visibility increase?
It's not tremendous, but inches count. Especially with a low seat.

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Old 12-31-2018, 06:18 AM   #166 (permalink)
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Very nice Matt, super clean as per usual.

I remember dropping the hood down on my old TJ buggy as well, like you say .. inches count, or that's whats my GF says anyways
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:21 PM   #167 (permalink)
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what's the little dohicky that is right behind the fender?
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:24 PM   #168 (permalink)
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Very nice Matt, super clean as per usual.

I remember dropping the hood down on my old TJ buggy as well, like you say .. inches count, or that's whats my GF says anyways
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what's the little dohicky that is right behind the fender?


Handy little stronghand accessory

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Old 12-31-2018, 04:36 PM   #169 (permalink)
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Added some branding to the new fender. It will have some stainless mesh on the back later. Learned the bend radius dimensions after 1st run, adjusted the drawing on this run, bent out in perfect x/y dims. Doesn't sound like much, but it really is from a fab stand point= less time and tweaking. Glued the skin to the tube with some silicon bronze; it blends much easier being a softer material; and less heat in the sheet metal.

Also had some time to draw the tailgate opening replacement...



















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Old 12-31-2018, 05:51 PM   #170 (permalink)
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:06 PM   #172 (permalink)
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Handy little stronghand accessory

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That's so cool. Just ordered two.
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:13 PM   #173 (permalink)
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:20 PM   #174 (permalink)
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Still in the loop, still in its place in the shop. Owner in no hurry, allows me to do some other jobs as they come. It is slated to bet back on it this fall. And finish out for next spring.

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