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Unread 08-30-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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DIY Laser alignment setup for Plasma system

I recently added on a laser alignment system for my Precision Plasma table. I took a drill press laser alignment kit and modified it a little to work with my plasma system. It took about 15 minutes to make the mods and get everything hooked up.

I drilled an tapped a couple of small holes in the plasma torch mount so that I could lock down the laser system. The laser system was nearly a perfect fit. It was a little too thin for a perfect fit. I used some foam with a thickness of .19 and cut it too fit on top of the laser system.

This made the system a perfect snug fit. The screws keep things aligned and allow repeat-ability if the mount is removed and re-installed.

The system was easy to align. While a laser is not needed its a neat tool add on for $30 bucks that makes aligning a starting point a little easier, and in the rare case things get messed up during a cut, with pin point cross hairs you can get back to a known point.

I saw some other commercial products from $70 - $199 going to give this a try and see how it works.

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Unread 09-02-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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That is pretty neat. I am jealous of your setup. I have an old Victor Journeyman Oxy-cet with the MKII EB guidance tracking package...
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Unread 09-03-2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks! It has taken several years to get to this point. We used to do a lot of frame off restorations and jeep builds and I did a lot of it with my oxy set up, and dreamed of the day when I had a plasma unit.

You know how dreams work once you get one thing you start wanting the next and so on. So now we have a great 4x8 plasma table and a portable unit and I have plans for a 5x10 in the next year or so, but who knows?
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