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Kel Fab Creations
04-20-2011, 11:31 PM
for the last month or so i've been gathering parts for my plate marker. i bought the universal interface relay box from torchmate and everything else i got second hand off ebay. all in all i have less than 600 into this. :mrgreen: i just did my first test last night. i think i can speed up the feed alot on the plate marker. more testing to come...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/bigkell5/IMAG0842.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/bigkell5/IMAG0845.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/bigkell5/IMAG0839.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wi2zU2ZfoU

tomsign
04-21-2011, 08:04 AM
extremly nice set up Kel

oneeyedmac
04-21-2011, 05:54 PM
What spindle are you using to mark with?

Kel Fab Creations
04-21-2011, 06:08 PM
It's a pneumatic scribe. The blows per minute is adjustable too to get different looking lines.

KHK
04-22-2011, 12:47 AM
That's a great idea!! I think that I will make one for my CNC.

Kel Fab Creations
04-22-2011, 01:12 AM
It really was pretty easy to put together. When i get a chance I'll put together a parts list for everyone interested.

Charley Davidson
04-22-2011, 01:14 AM
What is the purpose of that?

Kel Fab Creations
04-22-2011, 10:34 AM
What is the purpose of that?
with this you can permanently etch part numbers, drawings, bend lines, center punches for holes to be drilled etc.

here's a pic and vid of some more testing/tuning from last night. i needed a stiffer return spring so i zip tied half the coils together lol. works better now but i need to find another spring. also i'll be changing the movement delay tonight.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/bigkell5/IMAG0849.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3NVlUYyoiQ

Gadget
04-22-2011, 10:48 AM
Now it makes sense, great idea.

KHK
04-22-2011, 11:04 AM
Great Videos!

Charley Davidson
04-22-2011, 11:25 AM
Sweet, learn something everyday. I start work Monday for my buddy Ross who makes the CNC plasma tables, I'll have to show him this.

oneeyedmac
04-22-2011, 11:28 AM
I tried to engrave rifle barrels with a CNC router but it didn't have the balls. That one has the balls.

Kel Fab Creations
04-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Now it makes sense, great idea.
i wish i could take credit for the idea. i just imitated what i've seen different people make. i first saw this as an upgrade option from torchmate for only $2,400 lol, and have since seen different versions on various cnc tables. not sure who originally came up with the idea but i think it's only been around for a few years.

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Great Videos!
LOL. the second video sucks! for some reason it starts skipping and the audio is delayed. oh and while i was adjusting the knob on the scribe i forgot it was gonna switch to plasma so when it did it scared me and i jumped back lol!

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Sweet, learn something everyday. I start work Monday for my buddy Ross who makes the CNC plasma tables, I'll have to show him this.
i talked to ross about the height control but i would have to switch to mach3 which would almost cost as much and then i'd loose the great support from torchmate. i ordered the height control from torchmate the other day. it was a bit of a bullet to bite but it will pay off soon. this plate marker this is something every plasma table manufacturer should offer and i'm sure they all will in time. i'm sure ross has seen it and it's on his to do list.

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I tried to engrave rifle barrels with a CNC router but it didn't have the balls. That one has the balls.
this air scribe actually indents the material instead of cutting like a router. i got it used on ebay for 100 bucks.

rustycase
04-22-2011, 01:49 PM
I tried to engrave rifle barrels with a CNC router but it didn't have the balls. That one has the balls.

Mac, I once knew a vintner who was using a cad/cam laser to engrave wine bottles for people... custom labels are the rage, I guess...

His wife was doing promo work for him and she got him hooked up with Weatherby for a test session... I guess it turned out the laser did well engraving upon the actions and he got some sort of contract...
rc

arandall
04-22-2011, 02:22 PM
You guys with the CNC set-ups continue to amaze me. It seems there's very little you can't fabricate.

ISKI
04-22-2011, 06:33 PM
That's 100 dollars well spent. I would use it to mark where to drill and to put logos on custom parts. When you finish a big job, you can scribe the bill into a steel plate and present it to the customer.

jj2k
12-21-2011, 02:08 PM
Now this is just cool. I will be building one of these for my Torchmate this next year.
Oh, and since this is my first post on this forum, Howdy Y'all!

jj2k

Gadget
12-22-2011, 07:39 AM
Hi jj2k and welcome to the forum. We like pictures here so be sure to include some showing your work. Also, keep an eye out for the next contest here. The odds of winning a great new Longevity machine are very good.
When you get a chance please post a bit about yourself in the introduce yourself section so we can get to know you.
Dan