Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Thanks for the suggestions. I don't understand G and M codes very well and if I had a piece jamb up on the tip... I wouldn't be able reposition the tip to continue so that's why I have the z retract all the time. I think I could set it to retract upwards only 1 inch instead of 2". Also, I've been fighting with my direct-drive Z axis with DTHC. If I have the torch reference every cut the tip is less likely to get too close or actually touch/drag on the cut surface. It sure does slow things down though.
I'm drawing up a new geared Z that I can use with my existing magnetic tear-off torch holder. With 3 or 5 to 1 reduction I can have better DTHC response. I've ordered up 5 gear belt pulleys to play with so all of my constant tip referencing issues and height change should be a thing of the past.
I had thought about editing the tool path cutting order and will look into this. Thanks.
I am happy with the shielding I have around the water bed. I'm surprised at how well everything is contained inside the 14 gauge walls. I purchased heavy flame resistant fabric for a curtain on 2 sides but I went with steel in the end. The shop is staying way way cleaner now.
I've got so much to do out there i the shop. I'm really excited about getting out there many evening each week.
Karen may become a Jeep widow again for a few months
Originally Posted by Jim1611
Watched the video. Good cuts you made there. I was looking at the program, as best I could and it looks very similiar to what I use on my Haas VF3. Mine are G-codes and M-codes mainly. I see you have some M-codes maybe for turning on the torch head. Jim can you change the amount of retract the head does when it rapids? I know you need to be careful of something tipping up and the head running into it but there's allot of time invloved in the rapid movements. Also like any other cam generated tool path it really adds too much movement. By that I mean, in my case anyway, the computer has it drilling a hole in one place then rapids across the workpiece for another then back to the other side. For allot of my work I don't like that. It adds too much time to the program. I'm very interested in the plasma system and at some point will be getting one in my shop. I also like the high sides you made on the water table. It looks like it really contains the sparks and mess created.
Very nice work my friend!!