Choosing a CNC Plasma Table

Things to consider when purchasing a plasma table. Follow the steps below to help customize your ideal CNC System.

When choosing a CNC Plasma Table there are a few main ideas to consider that are often overlooked. These steps will help you determine the setup that best suits your needs, allows for future growth and expands your capabilities.

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Table Considerations

Table size is one of the most important considerations for a new system. CNC Plasma Tables are available in the following sizes: 6x12, 5x10, 4x8, 5x5, 4x4, 2x2.

Shop space plays a major factor in your table selection. Carefully measure your shop space and compare this to the overall dimensions of the table that you are considering as well as the control cabinet footprint (24”swing radius). Consider how material will be loaded and unloaded. Material is typically loaded from the operator's left side of the table. A custom “Reverse Build” option reconfigures the table to easily be loaded from the operator’s right side. A reverse build is a no charge option, contact our sales team to specify your table build. There are a few additional things to consider for your shop space:

• Material Storage
• Plasma Cutter
• Air Compressor
• Secondary Finishing Tools
• Proximity to 120V and 220V
• Electrical Supply
• Recommended Earth Grounding

Material thickness will help inform you as to what table and which plasma cutter is best suited for your needs. Consider the max thickness and the typical thickness of your projects. For thinner gauge materials an Arc Pro™ Series Table will work great. If you plan on frequently handling heavier materials ½” and above an Arc Max Series Table will be better suited for your needs. The maximum plate thickness also plays a direct role in your plasma cutter selection. Thicker materials will require a higher amperage plasma cutter.

The Arc Max and the Arc Pro Series tables offer a solution for anyone needing to cut metal with a CNC Plasma System. The Arc Pro™ Series have served customers in many industries including manufacturing, fabrication, sign making, auto restoration, prototyping and the education space for over 10 years. The Arc Max series tables provide a premium heavy-duty solution with thicker plate capacities, high-output production and rugged work environments.

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Step 8

Power Supply

When considering the power needs for your shop, consider the CNC table needs plasma cutter requirements, air compressor requirements and any additional shop equipment that may have significant amperage draw

Power supply requirements:

Table 120V, 15A
Plasma Cutters vary depending on amperage and available power
Air Compressors vary depending on amperage and available power

Videos

Watch and learn more about Arclight Dynamics CNC Plasma Tables and how easy they are to operate.

Meet the Arc Max! This CNC System is built for commercial, industrial plasma cutting. The Arc Max features a heavy-duty frame, linear rails for outstanding precision, and several optional features as standard.

See how easy it is to use CommandCNC to cut your parts with automatic Digital Torch Height Control. Further expand the capabilities of the CNC System with the addition of Accessory Packages like the Plate Marker, Router, Pipe Cutter, and Auto Tracer.

Article

Jim Colt (legendary Hypertherm tech Guru) wrote a excellent article that details key features one should look for in a plasma table. Notice, Arclight is the only table specifically mentioned in the article.  Cover photo was taken at Fantom Works Shop (Velocity channel’s TV show). Download the full article.

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