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Plasma CNC Metal Cutting workshop - Nov 2013

MakeIt Labs

Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Plasma CNC Metal Cutting workshop - Nov 2013

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Non-Member 5 Tickets Ended $70.00 $4.84
MakeIt Labs Hobbyist Member 4 Tickets Ended $50.00 $3.74
MakeIt Labs Pro Member 4 Tickets Ended $30.00 $2.64
Optional parts: Plasma cutter consumable items 4 Tickets Ended $35.00 $2.92

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Event Details

This workshop will teach basic operation of the CNC Plasma cutter.  A CNC Plasma cutter is a computer-controlled machine that cuts sheet metal and plate metal.  It will take in a 2D design (.dxf) and cut the geometry you have designed in mild steel, aluminum, or stainless steel from 26-gauge (0.5mm thick) up to 1/2" thick plate.


We will go over all of the basic needs for operation of the equipment.  By the end of the session each attendee will have learned the following skills:

 - Safety and theory behind the Plasma cutter and CNC machine

 - How to draw simple shapes and modify them in the PlasmaCAM software

 - How to import an existing 2D DXF design from other CAD software into the PlasmaCAM software

 - How to set up the machine for the type and thickness of metal

 - How to perform test cuts

 - How to position your design on the metal

 - How to burn out the design

 - Deburring of part to remove slag left from the cutting process

 - Clean up of machine


You will also learn some of the limitations of the plasma cutting machine and how to plan for them in your design.


The cost of the class includes the mild steel from which we will cut some small parts. Special project material needs should be communicated at least a week before the workshop.

Use of the Plasma CNC after this class requires that you to purchase your own “consumable items” (e.g. Electrode, Nozzle, Shield Cup).  You can purchase these items on your own, or through MakeIt Labs at cost - these will be yours to keep, manage, and re-use on the Plasma CNC.

Class participants are required to have closed toe shoes, non-polyester clothing, a long sleeve shirt and long pants. 


About the instructor: Mike Swatko is a lifelong maker and learner who enjoys making and repairing all manner of things.  Mike’s current fascinations are nixie tubes, vintage displays, and fabricating metal items with MakeIt Labs’ plasma CNC machine.  Mike Swatko works as Director of R&D at a Innovative FOTO in Salem, NH.  


Come and check out the workspace on open house nights, Thursdays after 6pm.

Membership in MakeIt Labs leads to discounts http://www.makeitlabs.com/about/join

Finding MakeIt Labs: Our mailing address is 29 Crown Street, Nashua, NH.  Via GPS or online mapping tool, using this address will likely not get you where you need to be. Instead use a street address of 47 Crown Street and look for the dirt road off Crown St.  Travel 500ft on the dirt road and then go right.  MakeIt Labs is on the right.  See Directions & Map for more details.

+42° 45' 35.58", -71° 26' 41.38" (42.759884, -71.444828)

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When & Where

MakeIt Labs
+42° 45' 35.58", -71° 26' 41.38" (42.759884, -71.444828)
47 Crown Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

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MakeIt Labs

MakeIt Labs: DreamIt. LearnIt. MakeIt.

We are an Open-Access Workshop (a.k.a hackerspace) in Nashua, NH. We're a collection of Engineers, Makers, Hackers, Inventors and Tinkerers who just love building cool things. http://makeitlabs.com/

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