Plasmacam: How to Set Up and Use One

A Plasmacam is similar to the other production models and it is easy to use as soon as you were able to get the hang of it. The use of a plasma cutter is nice as they can make various things- from signs to motor mounts inside of combat robots. Here is a step by step guide on how to set up and eventually use one.

Step 1- Part Design

For parts-to-be-cut, you need to make sure that your part has consistent thickness that would fit on the table. For the part file, it should be compatible with the plasma cutter. Many people prefer to use a .dxf file for their plasmacam. You can get this by taking a 3D part file, then make a projection from the top in a multi-view file and save it as a .dxf file. As soon as you have the part file ready, save it to a flash drive.


Step 2- Table Setup

Once the file is on your flash drive, plug it to a computer that is connected to the cutter. Then open up the software, initialize the machine,open the drive, and file to import the part. It will appear on the computer rendition of the table. As soon as the machine is initialized the sheet metal is in its right place, slide the part around on the computer and check where the part is by moving the machine to it. The tip of the machine should be moving to the machine and the computer.


Step 3- Cut Setup

If you will make a cut, be sure that the torch and machine has power and all ventilation is on. When the part is placed right on the table, you need to highlight the part and then combine all the separate entities of the sketch. It means that instead of having many small lines to hold the parts together, you have numerous continuous lines. Once everything has been joined together, you need to convert it to cut parts. When converting the lines to actual cut paths, begin from the inside entities and end with outside contour. For inside cuts, choose the center of the hole so it knows to start cutting from the inside and for the outside contour, choose from the outside so it would cut from the outside.


Step 4- Cutting and Removal

As soon as you are ready to cut, you need to check that the machine is on, the area is well-ventilated, and the cutting torch is powered on. When all of these are good, you can start cutting out your parts. Just make sure that you do not look directly at the torch as the brightness is similar to that of a welder and might give you a welder’s eye.

As soon as the part has been cut, move the machine out of the way, get a hold of pliers and wiggle the part out of the hole. In case of more complex parts, you might need to wiggle the part a bit more or hit it with a mallet to loosen it. Once you have it, you can dunk it in the water or oil, or you can also let it cool off.

With all this information, you now know how to set up and use your plasma cutter. You always have the option to bend the parts of just make use of them flat. When it comes to plasma cutters, the possibilities are always endless.