@Tres0422 , Multicam has a 4th axis as well on some of their machines. I don’t see it being really practical though.
SO here is what I was able to find out just by searching around. JD2 has probably the most documentation on the machines out there. Then followed by Torchmate & Multicam. This was done by digging around on their websites. I do intend when I call them Monday of asking 50 questions…lol
CNC Plasma cutters
After sales support-free
Unlimited license for students to design in.
Comes with plasma cutter
Training documentation already exists
Price, more expensive
Told that you can not break cuts on larger sheets, no 4x8 sheet
Stepper for drive motors (360 oz) instead of servos. Limited to 500ipm
Notes, Lincoln Plasma cutter included
- JD2 MAD series
Price 4x4 is listed at 12,950 as of 1-23-18 without plasma cutter
Can use marking system, sharpie layout & laser at additional cost.
Comes with the computer. Power supply is sealed
Auto height controls, Ohmic & Floating head
Gantry is machined surfaces.
Uses servos & can have speeds up to 1250 ipm
Stainless tub for water table for no additional cost.
Gantry rolls on round rails, debris make it harder to get built up.
Can use multiple different supports, strait, half arc or full arc
No plasma cutter included
Relatively new to the market place
Hard to tell about the computer, if its a standard desktop or industrial.
Note that buying the plasma cutter at the same time as the table, they cut us a batter deal on the plasma cutter
- Forest Scientific
On screen safety reminders
Onsite factory training
THK Profiled hardened and ground Linear rails
THK Recirculating linear bearings with grease fittings
Keyboard short cuts
36 month warranty
Height controls is optional on the makerspace version
Magnetic breakaway is optional on the makerspace version
Steppers, however they are 1200 oz/in
Grease fittings may be a Con.
Comes with a standard computer
Not much documentation
Uses hypertherm plasma cutter, Pro series uses MAXPRO200
Cutting speeds up to 800 IPM
Rapids 1200 IPM
Auto height controller
Pendant has standard shapes(on the machine I saw in a video)
V-pro optional plate rider for thin sheet metal.
Down draft table. On the V series. Pro, water table is an option.
Does not specify if the break away torch is an option.
Super B 4x4
Servo driven Fast speeds
Sealed bearings on the Z height
Height controls standard
Stainless water table
Uses USB & not Serial or parallel.
CAD/ Cam options
Note, Belt driven with imbedded steel cables, maybe a downfall, I’m not familiar enough with it.
Tables too big 4x8, They do not offer standard 4x4 tables. A custom table can be made though
Similar to what we have.
Training may not have to be updated much.
Aftermarket support is rather limited & cost money for technical support.
Gantry & rails are made of just mild steel. Evidence of this becoming an issue is apparent with the current system.
Here is a list of questions I intend on asking.
CAD/Cam or just DXF?
Local customer for possible tour demo?
Standard lead time?
Price stability/ how long is the quote good for?, it may take 4-5 months to clear funding due to monthly allocation limit for tools.
Intentions of backwards compatibility ?
Availability of replacement parts?
What is the life expectancy?
What are the maintenance requirements?
Cut breaks for larger than the table allows?
Magnetic break away, How is the cut re-established
Ease of use?
Quote for with a hypertherm 85 & or greater.
Do you give discounts to educational non-profits?
Technical Support, Is it free or do you charge?
How long is the Warranty? Is it parts & Labor?
How long have you been in business & making CNC plasma cutter?
How are the X,Y & Z gantry guide made? What are they made of? What is done to protect the integrity of those guides?
Is Nesting available?