Welcome to the New Plasma and Metal Cutting Laser Section of MakeCNC
Our first Plasma Patterns are now on sale click the banner above to check them out.Our Firewing Butterfly this Pattern is only available for Plasma at this time and is seen nowhere but makeCNC created to celebrate our new Fire and Sparks Plasma cutting section of the Store. Many more models will be added over the coming weeks so check back regularly for new products.If you have any requests drop us a line and we will see what we can do for you. Any files in our router section can be converted in a couple of days so check them out and make your requests.
We also offer custom 3d Metal sculpture design at reasonable rates so drop me a line if you would like to discuss some custom work.
These new projects and patterns will use sheet metal gauges for slot and tab sizes but will be scaled to allow small to giant metal sculpture. We will be uploading and making these new versions available to the metal working community as we get them done. We will also be releasing new original patterns not available in any other format created with your plasma or laser cutter in mind. We can do this because metal behaves in a different way to wood so we can use our imagination to create new and wonderful projects for your metal fabrication shop.
These Plasma patterns are not simple copies of our Router patterns they have been redrawn to create new scales and slots scaled for cutting from sheet metal and steel using CNC Plasma and Metal cutting lasers.
If you purchase our Router patterns you will NOT get the same results if you just scale them up or down in size due to slot sizes being at a different scale factor for Metal working this may work for small size models but not for large sheet metal sculpture.
Here is How it Works
All our plasma patterns will come in three scale sizes and will be in the industry standard DXF file format. This is not slot sizes for thickness of material so don't be confused. The slot sizes will start at 12 gauge imperial sheet steel size of .1046 and will go up and down from there. The same will apply as metric equivilants.
The first and smallest model size will be based on our 1/8th inch CNC router and laser patterns. Typically these patterns have parts no larger than 8.5 X 11 inches or 214 mm X 280mm at .1250 inches and the finished model is usually around 12 to 14 inches in length and height. The slots will have scales of 10,12, 14 and 16 Gauge as well as their metric sheet steel equivilants and the smallest size model will come from the 16 gauge and get larger as you go down the gauge scale.
The second size will be based on our .25 or 1/4 inch router/C02 laser patterns. These are typically twice the size of the .1250 patterns so you can double the size from 12 to 14 inch models to 24 X 28 or there abouts BUT this is where plasma is different than wood in that we keep our slot sizes the same as in the small scale models again being 10,12, 14 and 16 gauge and their metric equivilents.
The third size again follows the same formula as the first and second sizes but in this case is based on our .5 or half inch patterns and still uses the thinner gauge slots for sheet steel. When using this set of files be prepared to create giant Dinosaurs and creatures of all kinds. Perhaps even a Monster size Spitfire Aircraft or American Bison.
You will need a large table for the giant patterns and we also recommend that you experiment with scales. It is very easy in most CAD programs to scale your vectors up and down.
This is a converted version of Our Majestic Horse Pattern cut from 14 gauge and scaled from our old 1/4 inch router pattern. Once we convert to this new scale in two sizes you will be able to scale up projects to huge sculptures of metal or down to tiny forms of metal art cut on benchtop CNC Milling machines with relative ease.
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