Tools and devices I have tried that work

Have a really cheap and simple one to add. Collapsible silicone bowl, got it from Walmart. Trimmed it down with a pair of scissors and cut a hole to slip over the torch. Makes a huge difference in reducing the water splashing up and helps shield the arc flash.

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As my user name indicates, I’m new to CNC plasma cutting. The things this community offers is awesome. ChelanJim; can you tell me what the key pad is used for when it comes to running the CNC table?

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@GreenHorn welcome to the forum!

If you want to get someone’s attention, you can call out their user with the @ symbol beforehand.

@ChelanJim

@72Pony Thanks for the information. That will definitely be helpful.

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@ChelanJim Lets try this again…what a Greenhorn. :rofl:

As my user name indicates, I’m new to CNC plasma cutting. The things this community offers is awesome. ChileanJim; can you tell me what the key pad is used for when it comes to running the CNC table?

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The keyboard arrow keys are used to jog the machine around the table. I jog my machine to the lower left corner and set work home… then using the visualizer in fire control, I jog around to make sure the design fits inside the material. Your process may be different if you have the limit switches installed. I have the kit but have never installed them.

There are other hot keys… there is a list of them somewhere. Space bar stops the cut.

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You can use it as a remote to your computer to move the torch in FireControl. Page up/down moves the torch up and down. “2” moves the torch/gantry in the -y direction, “8” moves the torch/gantry in the +y direction and so on. That way you can get your torch where you need it over the spot of metal. Notice the arrows on the number keys.

Oh, I see my friend Eric has already answered. Good show!

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Thank you guys for your prompt responses. I love the wealth of knowledge that is offered here.

Here’s that list of hotkeys----->

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@KX9M thanks for that list of hotkeys.

“Obviously you’re not a golfer”.

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Do you have a link to that collapsible silicone bowl?

Craig, @holla2040 here is a topic that discusses and gives links to the silicone bowl:

Edit: On that thread, the first link takes you French Amazon site and the item is a silicone mug. I would imagine it is more durable than the silicone funnel that is also referenced.

I found a similar listing in the U.S. Amazon:
https://a.co/d/9Y2cq5m

Edit #2: After cutting a bunch of 14 gauge aluminum last week, it makes me think, something like this would be worth trying. Since the title of this thread is [Tools and devices I have tried that work], I can’t really say that I have seen this work.

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Thanks, I’ll try it and let you know. I’ve seen these on people’s torches and didn’t even know what they’re called.

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holla2040, I do not. Just found it hanging on an endcap one day. It has since worn out and I am now using a “pinch bowl”. Not quite the same coverage but much more durable.

These are them. Used one and gave the other 3 to the wife.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00080FPZM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Thanks, I’ll get some.

Maybe I looked right over it, but has anyone tried using a bluetooth connection between the control box and their laptop? To avoid using the USB cable? I see some of you use a bluetooth keyboard for jogging, but I’m wanting something to allow full firecontrol… control…

The control board only supports a USB connection.

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the mainboard gets power from the usb cord so there’s no way around NOT having the computer tethered to the table.

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Here is how Tin describes setting up his system.

But you don’t have to get that complicated. If there was a way to direct the table from wireless means, I would be concerned of chances of lag in the signal. Sometimes you really need that hard connection to eliminate issues.

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Since those coupling nuts are out of stock on amazon, these are what I used for my table. Far better material (esp for the threads) than the ones that ship with the table.

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