Makers and hobbyists that would like to create their very own CNC plasma table might be interested in this project which utilises the awesome Raspberry Pi mini PC and is capable of cutting sheet metal in sizes of either 4’x8′ or 4’x10′.
As you can see from the image above the construction takes the form of a very robust CNC system that can be easily controlled and auto loaded with the click of a button.
Details about the CNC plasma table build include :
Overall Goal: CNC plasma table that is auto loaded/unloaded through network interface.
Having a plasma table to cut metal parts would be nice. Loading the plasma table with 4’x8′ or 4’x10′ sheets can get awkward. Having this auto-loaded with a click of a button would be ideal. Industry has loader/unloaders either in sheet form or in roll form so the concept is there. This project is to focus on developing the software side of the loading and unloading. To get to that development stage, the mechanics will have to be hammered out:
– Plasma Table
– Sheet rack
The process of the mechanical build will keep the software side in mind, ie the I/O’s, motor controls, etc. Then the development stage of the software for the loader/unloader can be addressed:
– Expandable to multiple material/sizes
– Interface with Plasma Table
– Interface with Computer that will “print” the cut
For full details on the complete build jump over to the hackaday.io website by following the link below. If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in this list of awesome Raspberry Pi Zero projects we have put together.