So far i have come across 2 decent "DIY" options.
(im sure there are many more, so throw them on out here!)
1. Precision Plasma LLC
Turn Key Gantry 4'x8' (no base or electronics) for $3000
Precision Plasma LLC
Turn key 4'x8' machine (minus electronics for $3500)
Non turnkey for even less money+ sweat.
What other diy options do i have? I would prefer bolt together and no welding. Shoot me some other options!
I used cncrouters parts to build a plasma version of the machine VIA solidworks (picture attached). Before i become vested into a machine and my $ blown, id like to hear every ones 2 cents. I like the flexibility of there parts, and the serviceability of there bearings, and steel rails. I would like to hear what everyone thinks on which parts i should choose.
So far hypertherm 45/65/85 is in its future, along with a CandCNC THC and possibly a G540. Simple and practical. I would however like a small air/electric engraver to mark aluminum.
I'd like to keep the simplicity to a minimum, and be also able to have a few replacement parts on the shelf to swap out if anything breaks or wears out. Many of you have followed or seen my Big ex-boeing cnc mill rebuild. It has taken me forever, and im still not fully finished with it ( I do love it though )!
I'd like this to be as turn key as possible, without blowing all my money and keeping it DIY of course.
This machine will be used for production purposes. I plan on cutting thin sheet (.050-.063) metal, mainly aluminum. I want it to cut as FAST as possible, and with the least amount of dross. If i have to finish a million parts by hand, that will really cut into production time, and time is money
Thank you for all your help!
Christmas Bonus check comes this Thursday, so a new build log will appear soon after i find the direction i want to go! Thank you in advance, DIY!
EDIT: FYI my budget will be around $7500 for everything, and require a minimum of a 4x8 table.
I have built 3 Tables with the 2" 4" 80/20 tubing with 4" x 4" legs.
Built it a least 50" wide X 10' cutting area as that is the size of metal sheets.
Rack & pinon is the best drive for it.
Steppers are OK, servo better.
You will spend about $1500 for the cutter.