Lay Out and Cut Numbers with the CNC Plasma Cutter

Metal Fabrication

Lay Out and Cut Numbers with the CNC Plasma Cutter

Lay out and cut a house number or address with the CNC plasma cutter.

Member

$145.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Guest

$180.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 6/16/2024 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sun, 6/16/2024

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Type:
Class, No Prerequisite

Location:
Welding & Sheet Metal Studio

Interests:
CNC, Welding, Free at BARN

Free at BARN is Made Possible Thanks to Support From:

Bainbridge Community Foundation

About

This introduction to the CNC (computer numerical control) plasma cutter focuses on safety, general principles, start-up, and shut-down procedures. Plasma is an ionized high-temperature arc that cuts through metal when combined with a directed jet of compressed air. Just as with BARN’s other metal fabrication CNC machines, this system is based on the Centroid Acorn CNC controller and has a similar Virtual Control Panel.

The design you bring to class (details below) will be created in Fusion 360 with most any font you wish. Once in Fusion 360, the design will be post-processed to produce the geometric code (G-code) to cut your specific design. G-code is the control language that commands the CNC plasma cutter as to when and where to cut.

With the G-code created and fundamentals of safe operation mastered, you’ll learn the basics of machine operation: X- and Y-axis motion of the machine, torch height control, and Centroid’s Virtual Control Panel. Then you’ll cut your masterpiece! 

Details

  • See the CNC plasma cutter in action here.
  • Come to class with a clear sketch or drawing of the house number or address and the design layout, including the X-Y dimensions (256 square inches or smaller).
  • Download a free copy of Fusion 360 to your Windows or Apple laptop, equipped with a mouse and USB thumb drive. Choose "Get Fusion 360 for personal use" and you'll be walked through setting up an account and completing the download.
  • This is a one-session, four-hour class with a 10-minute break.

Materials

Price includes a $20 materials fee

Prerequisites

While not required, experience with Fusion 360 is advantageous.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear natural fiber clothing, closed-toe shoes (natural fiber or leather), and tie back long hair. No stretch fabrics.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

David Muench

Dave Muench is a computer storage engineer who enjoys metal fabrication and mechanical work in his free time. Most often you’ll find him in his shop working with his wife on their Jeeps or doing other metalworking. Beyond general fabricating he particularly enjoys CNC machining and cutting of parts - combining his hobby and his profession.

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