I have the crossfire pro machine. I bought it about 6 months ago along with the Hypertherm 45XP and machine torch. I also purchased the license for SheetCam and installed it on a dedicated laptop computer that I bought just for use on this plasma machine. I had the machine assembled shortly after delivery and it has sat in my shop collecting dust ever since as I have absolutely no clue how to go about cutting anything with it. I’ve stared at SheetCam quite a bit but haven’t figured out yet how to get my DXF files into it or how to go about making those files into something the plasma control can read. I’m also thinking that I need to set up some machine parameters somewhere in SheetCam?? If someone has a cheat sheet for that would be great. I have some parts drawn that I would like to cut from 3/16" and 1/4" mild steel and I’m figuring on using the 45 amp nozzles that came with the machine.
Any help would be much appreciated, as I am completely lost as to how to do any of this.
PS: Years ago I ran a much more commercial plasma machine and the cut files came from a program called ProNest, so I’m somewhat familiar with plasma cutting but just with not this machine or software.
@Rocky34601 welcome to the forum! Lets get you cutting!
There are 3 things you need to get your part from an idea in your head to your table.
1: CAD program. This is the design program you draw the actual part. There are several options out there. I use fusion 360. Allot of guys have had good success with QCAD. It is a free open source CAD program.
2: CAM software: The CAM software reads your CAD output (DXF SVG ect.) and creates the tool path. There are two options that are supported by Langmuir for CAM. Sheetcam and Fuision 360. Since you bought the Sheetcam license let’s get you going on that.
A number of us will take one of your projects and go step by step on how to finish the sketch, manufacture the gcode and explain how you would cut it with FireControl. Some do videos. I do the long drag out form of descriptions with screen captures.
I will warn you that many (not saying majority as I have zero idea about that mix) of us primarily use Fusion 360 for both CAD/CAM. Many use SheetCAM and love it so don’t think I am trying to steer you away from SheetCAM.
Start with something simple. If you can make some basic shapes, put a hole or two in the shape and cut it out, you will be better off than trying to make a masterpiece on your first try. I know, I know…you don’t want to waste metal. Trust me: You will waste less metal learning the basics than to make one mistake after another.
I too have the Hypertherm 45XP: excellent choice!
Before you get too bogged down with all of the workflow, it really is advisable to watch the short videos that Langmuir has developed using Fusion 360, if you are willing to learn that particular program. They are a bit dated but some of the information like making “tools” and setting up the post processing are very valuable.