I'm in the early planning stage of a very simple CNC plasma cutter. Initially I was planning on just a simple Z axis going to a pre-determined Z dimension for torch height but I see a lot of discussion on this forum in regards to torch height control. Is THC absolutely necessary for a simple 'backyard' quality machine or will my first idea work?
Also, in looking at some video on youtube and some project pictures from here, I see water trays under alot of the machines. Same question, what do they do other than contain the smoke and sparks and how necessary do you think they are for just a 'backyard project' level machine?
Thanks in advace for any help.