Ned Ludd's bro
H-M Supporter Gold Member
- Feb 9, 2017
Well, there goes another reason I’m just going to keep having my stuff done by a laser company. My stuff is 1/8” mild steel that is more or less a basket. All the structure is 1/8x1/8 so lots of cuts and lots of scrap. When I worked everything out I think it would have saved me $$. But when I had one of my units done on a local machine which was exactly the kind of machine I was thinking about buying it did not come out good. Plus if you’ve ever used plasma it does a wonderful job but there is a lot kerf to figure into your engineering and a lot of slag. I used a plasma freehand for over a decade in my work as a fabricator. So for my kind of one off manual fab I love my little Hypertherm 35. But in the long run for me a CNC table was not going to save me anything.Just make sure you let the water evaporate off and don't dump it down the drain. You wastewater district will detect the heavy metals and come a-knockin'. You should be able to sell the remaining slag with your scrap all in one barrel.
I don’t mean to throw a damper on your project David. YMMV.