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The Cutting Edge: A Guide to CNC Plasma Tables

Updated: Oct 31, 2023


The Complete Guide to CNC Plasma Cutting Tables

Hey there, metal mavericks!


Ever been in the middle of a project, wrestling with some clunky old tools, feeling like you're trying to slice a tomato with a spoon?


You know what I'm talking about, right? Those moments when you're caught in a cutting catastrophe, dreaming of a more streamlined solution.


But guess what? Your prayers have been answered!


This ain't your grandpa's workbench, folks. This is next-level stuff. It's like swapping out your old Jalopy for a sleek sports car. We're talking about a game-changing piece of tech that's revolutionizing the way we cut and create.


What's on the Table?


So, what’s all the fuss about?


CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. In layman's terms, it's a machine controlled by a computer to perform precise operations.


Combine that with plasma cutting technology (think of it as a super-hot beam of energy), and you get–CNC Plasma Table. This bad boy tool can cut through electrically conductive materials with an accuracy that puts traditional methods to shame!


And with the insane precision it brings, you need to choose the right one for your needs.


This isn't some one-size-fits-all deal. Picking your table is like choosing your weapon in a video game–you gotta consider your mission, your style as well as your goals.


Size

Beyond Traditional Cutting

These bad boys come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, just like your favorite box of chocolates.


On one end, you've got the petite 4'x4' tables. These are perfect for smaller projects. But don't let their size fool you–they pack a punch!


Then, you've got the big kahunas. I'm talking about these beastly 6'x12’ tables that practically demand their own zip code. These monsters are for those of you who like to live by the motto 'Go big or go home.'


Speaking of going big, have you met our G8 Fabricator? This hulk of a machine is all about large-scale, high-quality cuts!


But hey, what does all this mean for you? We're just letting you know that you should consider the kind of work you do.


Are you usually tinkering with small, intricate pieces that require precision? Or are you more of a large-scale, ambitious project type of fabricator?


'Cause just like how an XXL t-shirt isn't the best fit for everyone, bigger isn't always better when it comes to your plasma table. But sometimes, just sometimes, it hits the sweet spot!


Power


You see, just like how different cars guzzle up on different amounts of gas, FastCut Plasma Tables have different power appetites too.


Some are like a small city car, sipping gently on your electrical supply. Others are like a gas-guzzling monster truck, demanding more juice to get the job done.


What does this mean for you? You’ve got to make sure the table you pick is a good match for your shop's electrical setup. It's like making sure you've got the right fuel for your car. You wouldn't put diesel in a petrol engine, right? The same principle applies here.


The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a project and BAM! You blow a fuse or trip a breaker because your table is a power hog. That’s a one-way ticket to downtime city, and nobody wants to go there.


So, take a minute to check the specs. Make sure to find the right balance between power and performance.


Software


This is the brain behind the operation, so you want it to play nice with it.

You want it to vibe like two peas in a pod. We're talking about something as easy to use as your favorite app, intuitive like your gut feeling, and compatible like those parts in your favorite block-building set.


Now, you definitely don't want to be grappling with some old dinosaur software, wrestling with an interface that looks like it traveled from the 1980s. No way, Jose! You want to be cutting and crafting with precision, not fumbling around with those confusing commands.


So, what are we looking at? TurboCAD Deluxe? It's got some serious game for 2D/3D drafting, modeling, and rendering. Or Bend-Tech may? A real gem when it comes to designing those tubular assemblies and even entire frames. And let's not forget EnRoute, a powerhouse for creating and outputting files.


Take a gander, and do your homework. Choose wisely, compadre!


Making Bank with CNC Plasma


Wondering if it is worth the investment? The answer is a resounding yes!


Not only does it offer superior precision and efficiency, but it can also be a lucrative addition to your shop. You can even rent out your workspace to some hobbyists who can't afford their own table. It's surely a win-win!


So if you're ready to take your fabrication game to the next level, FastCut CNC is here to help. With us, you're not just buying a table - you're joining a community of fabricators who value quality, precision, and innovation.



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