THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)

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06 Oct 2017 14:12 #100007 by andypugh
andypugh replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
www.mouser.com/pdfdocs/alphawire-Underst...g-Shielded-Cable.pdf says
"Usually, rather than attempting to ground the entire shield, the drain wire is used to terminate
and ground the shield."
(That uninsulated wire is the drain wire)
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06 Oct 2017 14:24 #100010 by cruzinone
cruzinone replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
That drain wire is hooked to pin 13 on the cable I got from hypertherm. What do you suggest I do with it. Hook it up to the thcad-10 where the manual for the thcad calls for shield? I will read the link you sent me and see if I can gather understanding. thanks andypugh
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06 Oct 2017 17:27 #100019 by robertspark
robertspark replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
Yes, connect it to the shield pin of the thcad-10
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06 Oct 2017 18:17 #100023 by andypugh
andypugh replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
Generally the advice is to ground the shield at only one end.
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06 Oct 2017 18:30 #100025 by rodw
rodw replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
Just hook it up and see what happens. Its not an electrical signal so you are not going to blow something up. Use halscope to see how clean the divided voltage signal is in a live cut

If you get a noisy signal something like this rather than the clean plots published earlier on this thread, then you have a noise issue.


If noisy try disconnecting the drain wire from the THCAD and see if it improves so the cable screen is only connected at the plasma end.

You can see that the noise shows up on 0 volts so just connecting things up and powering up your plasma cutter without cutting is probably all you need to do initially to find out if it is likely to be a problem.
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07 Oct 2017 12:20 #100038 by cruzinone
cruzinone replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
thanks to all.
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11 Feb 2018 15:01 #105745 by kb8wmc
kb8wmc replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
On my brother's plasma table after completing the first cut, the torch does not raise high enough to do touch off for the second cut and I get an error that the Z axis would exceed negative limits on attempt to touch off for next cut...

We are using JT's touch off subroutine, the only change being the distance for the touch off (1.25")...Also using JT's post-processor in sheet cam...

The one thing to note is that when making the gcode in sheet cam and when then viewed in linuxcnc, there are two different elevations the objects to be cut are placed on...I have posted questions in the sheet cam forum related to this but as yet no responses...

Any suggestions will be appreciated...

Thanks in advance
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11 Feb 2018 20:22 #105763 by rodw
rodw replied the topic: THCAD-10 + hypertherm 45 (nonXP)
It is possible that you are losing steps on the Z axis (eg your velocity and acceleration is too high).

More likely it is software.

I would start at the beginning and write some gcode by hand that does something simple that works. Once you are certain it is all working as expected, then look at the sheetcam generated g code to see what its doing wrong. Then edit the sheetcam post processor to modify the sheetcam post processor file so it does what you want.
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