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    What kind of controller to use for CNC plasma table

    Hi everyone, I have one question that I hope will solve my problem. Eight years ago, I built a very elementary plasma table. Then I used a Chinese CUT-50 and controller MACH3. The problem was that the g-code had to be edited every time. Each time I write in the code, when the plasma starts and when it stops. The speed with which to cut, as well as the arcs with which the cutting begins. It takes me a lot of work and time. Anyway, I've already built a really good table. So my question is: what kind of controller to use. When I place a DXF file, read it and start. I have already purchased a height controller as well HYPERTHERM 65. I have the old MACH3 controller, but I don't want to use it like I wrote above. I settled on this:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/SF-2100C-2-...QAAOSwZ65c0VsE

    How do you think I can use this thing. I see it has two axes. Or recommend me another one to do my job, but in this price range.

    Thank you for your time with my problems.

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    Re: What kind of controller to use for CNC plasma table

    Hi,
    to be honest I think those controllers are ****e. A customer had one, or in fact several as they all failed. I convinced him to go with Mach4 on a laptop
    and he has never looked back.

    The problem you describe is not Mach3 but rather the means you are using to generate the Gcode. If you used CAM software then you'd never have to
    hand write code.

    Craig

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    Re: What kind of controller to use for CNC plasma table

    The solution is to use a CAD/CAM for eg: SheetCAM with plasma plugin is very cheap and robust solution.
    For CNC Controller take a look at RosettaCNC, since 1.7 it has the Plasma Torch support with THC management (if present).

    Here you can read the Plasma Torch management info:
    https://wiki.rosettacnc.com/doku.php...#plasma_torch1

    A video o plasma mode in action
    https://www.facebook.com/rosettacnc/...9943287117365/

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    Re: What kind of controller to use for CNC plasma table

    When you decide this controller is not cutting the mustard, have a look at Linuxcnc and ts plasmac plasma controller. Nothing will come close to it.
    PlasmaC User Guide
    Rod Webster
    www.vehiclemods.net.au

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