This is a simple guide to cutting on a PlasmaCAM cutter and will go through all steps from making a part on the computer to setting up the tool itself. The PlasmaCAM is similar to other production models and is fairly easy to use once you get the hang of it. Plasma cutters are nice because they can make many different things, from signs to motor mounts inside combat robots. The plasma cutter is my favorite tool because it is loud, bright, and makes cool stuff.
Step 1: Part Design
For your part-to-be-cut, make sure your part has a consistent thickness and will actually fit on your table. For your part file, make sure it is compatible with your plasma cutter. For PlasmaCAM, I usually use a .dxf file. To get this, I take a 3D part file, make a projection from the top in a multi-view file, and then save a copy as a .dxf file, but you can make a .dxf however you want. Once you have your part file drawn up and ready, save this part to a flash drive.
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