Tooling Up – Dialing in the Plasma Table

This post is really just a string of videos walking any interested viewer through the steps I took to dial in my table and bring it online operationally.

I’d like to point out that it continues to rain here ad nauseam, so this is a good opportunity to bring the plasma cutting table online.

This video covers the water table and a somewhat boring overview of draining and refilling it.

I then show the initial steps breaking the table in, with a specific break-in CNC program provided by Langmuir Systems.

Those that have followed my airplane build progress know that Marco and I used his Crossfire plasma cutting table as a plotter to print out the CAD file of my instrument panel.

A very cool ancillary capability of these plasma cutting tables, and I’d like to repeat that on my own table.

In addition, this initial “plotting test” allowed me to see if the table was implementing the GCode via the CrossFire CNC control program… so a good test all the way around.

The following video is a fairly short one showing the initial manual test fire of the plasma cutter torch via the FireControl software.

Spoiler alert: it was successful!

Finally, the most arguably important video of all these: Initial Cuts on the plasma cutting table.

Not surprisingly, I had a fair number of early-on fails.

But with a little perseverance, a LOT of research and some help from a buddy of mine (betcha can’t guess who!! ha) . . . I got through it and actually started making decent cuts.

Full account here… (I couldn’t get this video to embed here for some reason).

These will probably be the last of the plasma cutting table videos I make for a while, unless I’m cutting a part specific to the Long-EZ build.

I will point out notable highlights of significant increases in workshop capabilities as they occur, such as this, but I certainly don’t want to belabor these points any more than necessary.

I will note that most of these videos also serve as both helpful resources (hopefully) to others as I have been definitely been helped out myself, and –moreover– serve as a historical record so a year from now I can answer the aged old question: “What the heck did I do? And how the heck did I do it??”

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