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Unread 06-05-2011, 05:53 PM   #1
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Plasma Table Cutting

Most of you probably know I have a Torchmate 2 (4ft x 8ft) Plasma Table. I purchased it about 2 years ago or so for cutting my bumper parts, brackets, tabs, gussets..etc.

On occasion, I've also cut some name plates, desk plaques, and wall hangings as well as some custom production brackets for local shops and a few long distance shops.

However, I've also gotten into cutting some 3D puzzles and thought I'd just post some pics. These are mainly cut from 16 gauge sheetmetal with a "Fine Cut" nozzle on my Hyperthem 1250.

I know these aren't Jeep parts but they are steel, require some welding and painting.. and are fun. Figured I'd start a thread that I can update when I cut new/different stuff..











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thats awesome.

im not creative enough to come up with that kind of stuff
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Neither am I.. I'm just a good copycat that puts a little bit of a twist on stuff.
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You really love your bugs. lol

I'll be making some too for gifts and such. They really are unique.
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Cool. How about the dxfile? I see that spider a lot.
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Eddie you're versatile!! Your yard art is looking great!! Are you using an airbrush to paint them with? They look life like.
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where do you sell this stuff?
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Eddie you're versatile!! Your yard art is looking great!! Are you using an airbrush to paint them with? They look life like.
Jim.. I shoot the base color with a regular HVLP touch up gun (can shoot about 3-4 butterflies with 3oz of paint). I then airbrush the different colors. I'm an airbrush novice at best.


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No where yet... I've sold a few things to some local folks who happened to see them. I also got invited to an Arts/Crafts Show later this month. I'm hoping to have a bunch done for the show.. probably in the $30-$50 range depending on what it is and how many colors. The painting (both cost and time) is the "profit killer" on these things. I may look into ways to "dip" them for the primer and base color.. then just airbrush the fun part.
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No where yet... I've sold a few things to some local folks who happened to see them. I also got invited to an Arts/Crafts Show later this month. I'm hoping to have a bunch done for the show.. probably in the $30-$50 range depending on what it is and how many colors. The painting (both cost and time) is the "profit killer" on these things. I may look into ways to "dip" them for the primer and base color.. then just airbrush the fun part.
Well i am very interested in one of the butterflies for my wife. how big are they? can you weld a pole onto the bottom so that they are able to stand up in a flower bed? where are they supposed to hang now?

Is this something you would ship?
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... The painting (both cost and time) is the "profit killer" on these things. I may look into ways to "dip" them for the primer and base color.. then just airbrush the fun part.
Eddie -

You just need to figure out how to attach a spray paint nozzle to the TorchMate...

This is really cool - nice to see a hard-core fab guy show his softer side.

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Well i am very interested in one of the butterflies for my wife. how big are they? can you weld a pole onto the bottom so that they are able to stand up in a flower bed? where are they supposed to hang now?

Is this something you would ship?
They already have small tubes welded thru the bottom so they can fit on a 3/16" rod (available at Lowe's) in the ground...

Shipping isn't a problem..

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Those look amazing
Can you cut copper or brass with that thing?
Copper would look great, you could just glass bead them and lick them with a torch for some color then let the weather and time give them the final finish.
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If it conducts electricity, it can be cut with the plasma. However, some material cuts better than others. Mild steel cuts the best because it's assisted by an exothermic process (according to Jim Colt from Hypertherm... very knowledgeable with plasma cutting) while other materials might not cut quite as clean. I've cut some stainless and aluminum on my table but haven't tried brass or copper yet. I imagine I'll eventually get around to it.

I've got a well known local "Home Improvement Contractor" coming by the shop today to pick up a frame I made him for an outdoor Granite counter top. He mentioned that he saw the butterflies hanging up the other day when he came by to drop the counter top off with my son.. and that he really liked them. He wants to get a few of them to show them to some of the Interior/Exterior Designers he works with. He seems to think these things will do really well in the neighborhoods where he does most of his work.. guess we'll see.
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I live in an old historic area, If the various gardeners in my neighborhood saw these, they'd all want one.

Really great work!
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