Torchmate 3

Bolt Together

Torchmate 3 CNC MachineThe Torchmate 3 is available in bolt together form or gantry kit form. The Torchmate 3 bolt together table and gantry unit can be assembled with a few basic hand tools. It can be disassembled in sub-sections and re-assembled in minutes if it must be moved. The gantry kit is explained further below.

 

Our Torchmate 3 bolt together machines have features not found on our Torchmate 1 or Torchmate 2 gantry kits. Its massive extruded aluminum construction throughout is comprised of support beams that weigh 7.6 lbs. per foot. The machine weighs in at approximately 450 lbs., yet has the stiffness and rigidity of a steel machine weighing four times more. The extruded aluminum rail support beams have a cross section of 3" x 6" with thick diagonal webs running their entire length.  Joints in the frame use 1/4" thick triangulated gussets. One of the rails is dropped 8" below the other to facilitate loading the material to be cut with a forklift.  The gantry can be moved to the far end of the table to make room for the forklift.

 

Torchmate 3 bolt togetherIndustrial leveling screws with a load capacity of 5,000 lbs. each are used on each of the 6 legs.  These make the leveling of the machine an easy chore.  Extra T-nuts are supplied for each leg so diagonal leg bracing can be easily added, should this ever be desired.

 

The Torchmate 3 comes with dual 380 oz. in. motors on the X (long) axis, and one 380 oz. in. motor on the Y axis. The drive system is dual rack and pinion with 5:1 low backlash gearbox reduction.  A test indicator has measured positioning accuracy at 1 1/2 thousandths of an inch (.0015"). The X axis motors and gear racks are outside the frame rails on both sides of the machine and are protected by a 1" steel rail overhang, keeping clear of any debris caused by the cutting process. The 1 1/4 x 3/8" gear racks are specially manufactured for the Torchmate 3.  They have far more rigidity than conventional square gear racks, ensuring that they are perfectly straight for their entire length.

 

The Torchmate 3 uses the same precision linear motion Y axis components found on our Torchmate 2. It uses an industrial linear motion slide with four hardened and ground rails at right angles to each other.  The gantry rides on a three point support system using 1" hardened needle bearing cam followers with a load capacity of 2,225 lbs. each.  The X axis rails are cold roll steel flat bars.  Guide rollers grip either side of the rail to maintain alignment.  Cold roll steel has a tolerance of under a thousandth of an inch.  If the rails ever wear over time, they can be replaced economically by most steel suppliers. Replaceable felt wipers at either end of the cassette help keep out dust and grit.

 

Bolt Together Torchmate 3 machines are supplied with slat support brackets with slots into which 3/16" thick steel strips can be placed.  For cutting steel up to about 1/2" thick without reinforcement, you can mount the brackets on your frame as shown here.  For heavier material (over 1/2" plate), fabricate a separate support table, and weld the slat support brackets to either side of the table.  The slotted brackets are optional on Torchmate 3 DIY kits.

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Specifications

Machine Size

  • 4’x4’ to 10’x40’
  • 4’x8’ machine leaves 80”x132” footprint

Table Type

  • Gantry Kit or Bolt Together

Model Features

  • Easy assembly with gantry kit or bolt together
  • Leveling legs or anchor mount
  • Drop-rail forklift feature
  • Dual x-axis motors
  • Gearbox drive system

Standard Equipment

Gantry Kit

  • Plans, 3 axis Windows –based electronics and steel brackets
  • Slotted brackets are optional

Bolt Together

  • Precision hardened and ground x-axis rails
  • Heavy anodized extruded aluminum ready for easy bolt together assembly
  • Slat support brackets with slots into which 3/16" thick steel strips can be placed

Hardware

Construction

  • Heavy reinforced extruded aluminum gantry
  • Y-axis industrial linear motion roller cassette and rail system
  • X-axis has eight 1” diameter hardened needle bearing cam followers riding on 4 hardened and ground steel rails
  • Rail height 41” and 33"

Electronics/Motion System

  • Micro-stepping stepper motors available
  • 8 amp optically encoded servo motors available
  • Two x-axis drive and motor and one y-axis drive and motor
  • 380 oz. in. motors

User Controls

  • PC based control software with USB interface

Weight

  • Approximately 450 lbs. for 4’x8’ table

Input Power

  • 15 amp/ 110 volt for controls
  • 220 volt models available for international customers

Cutting Area

  • 4’x4’ to 10’x40’

Cutting Capacity

  • Up to 13 in. thick (Tool dependent)

Drive System

  • Dual rack and pinion with 5:1 low backlash gearbox reduction
  • 10:1 low backlash gearbox reduction with servo motors

Traverse Speed

  • Up to 300 ipm with stepper motors
  • Up to 1500 ipm with servo motors

Cut Speed

  • Up to 150 ipm with stepper motors
  • Up to 500 ipm with servo motors

Machine Resolution

  • Approximately .0015” with stepper motors
  • Approximately .0004” with servo motors

Available Plasma Units

Compatible with most plasma cutters

Lincoln Electric

  • Tomahawk® 375
  • Tomahawk® 625

Thermal Dynamics

  • Auto Cut Series
  • Ultra Cut Series
  • Manual Systems
  • Cutmaster A Series

Hypertherm

  • Powermax Series

Standard Software

  • Torchmate Driver Software
  • Accepts any .dxf or G-code

 

Available Software

Torchmate CAD/CAM

  • Everything in CAD/CAM Lite plus nesting, scanning and hogging

BobCAD-CAM

  • In addition to being a full-blown computer assisted design program, BobCAD renders 2D images into three dimensional shpes. It then generates G-code to create the 3D pieces with torchmate’s automated z-axis in conjunction with a router, roto-ZIP tool, engraver, etc.

Rhino 3D

  • Create digital 3D models of your projects before you start the actual fabrication process. All parts fit together just as they would in a physical model. It is possible to rotate the model, zoom in to see the finest detail, and view its components model from the real thing.

RhinoCAM

  • RhinoCAM is a general purpose machining program for the general machinist. RhinoCAM includes 2 ½ axis, 3 axis, 4 axis and 5 axis operations. This powerful package is ideal for mold, die and tooling, wood working rapid prototyping and general machining markets and generate G-code to be directly sent to the Torchmate machines. This product boasts of powerful toolpath generation strategies coupled with tools for efficiently controlling the cutting tool for detailed machining capabilities, while not sacrificing ease of use. It has all the basic functionality as well as additional features suitable for demanding users with sophisticated manufacturing requirements.

Computer Requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista/’07
  • 1 GB processor
  • 1 GB ram
  • 30 GB hard drive

Warranty

  • Full 1 year warranty on electronics, parts, and software
  • Lifetime unlimited free technical support

 

Gantry Kit

Torchmate 3 diy kitA gantry kit is an excellent way to go if you have welding skills, but want your machine to be operational quickly. Included in the Torchmate 3 gantry kit are a precision extruded aluminum gantry kit with full instructions, roller guides, dual side drive and everything above the machine’s frame rails. The Torchmate 3 is available in gantry kit form at a substantial savings. Torchmate 3 gantry unit will be constructed by you from heavy 3" square extruded aluminum.  All aluminum brackets are 1/4" thick, and steel brackets are 3/16" thick. The heavy extruded aluminum gantry unit can be easily assembled with basic hand tools. You make the simple drive shaft and bolt it together.  You fabricate the rail system from locally purchased steel to save shipping dollars.

 

 

 

The gantry kit includes the following:

  • 8 amp micro-stepping electronics
  • Three 380 oz. in. motors (dual x axis and single y axis) - The drive system is dual rack and pinion with 5:1 low backlash gearbox reduction.  A test indicator has measured positioning accuracy at 1 1/2 thousandths of an inch (.0015"). The unit is powered on both sides via a 3/4" diameter drive shaft.  We supply the components to do this other than the 3/4" cold roll round bar, which you purchase locally.
  • Cables
  • Driver software module
  • Y axis linear motion slide & roller cassette - The Torchmate 3 uses the same precision linear motion Y axis components found on our Torchmate 2. It uses an industrial linear motion slide with four hardened and ground rails at right angles to each other.  The gantry rides on a three point support system using 1" hardened needle bearing cam followers with a load capacity of 2,225 lbs. each.  The X axis rails are cold roll steel flat bars.  Guide rollers grip either side of the rail to maintain alignment.  Cold roll steel has a tolerance of under a thousandth of an inch.  If the rails ever wear over time, they can be replaced economically by most steel suppliers. Replaceable felt wipers at either end of the cassette help keep out dust and grit.
  • Gears and gear rack - The 1 1/4 x 3/8" gear racks are specially manufactured for the Torchmate 3.  They have far more rigidity than conventional square gear racks, ensuring that they are perfectly straight for their entire length.
  • Timing pulleys & belts
  • Extruded aluminum gantry components, brackets and fasteners.
  • Steel brackets
  • Torchmate 3 Solid Works model
  • Illustrated instruction manuals along with a digital 3d model of a completed machine that you can view from any angle, rotate, and zoom in to see the finest detail - [closeup2.jpg] Torchmate purchasers get an instruction CD which includes this SolidWorks 3-D model of the gantry carriage portion of the machine.  You can rotate the gantry and see it from every angle, and zoom in on any part of it to see the smallest detail.  This requires the SolidWorks Viewer, available free at http://www.solidworks.com/html/downloads.cfm.
  • For our Windows based systems, we have a proprietary machine interface available that will control virtually any plasma cutter trigger circuit. A solenoid valve can be purchased from welding supply houses that can automate cutting oxygen control in oxy-fuel work.
  • Slotted support brackets optional

 

>>Learn about financing options

>>Download financing application

Specifications

Machine Size

  • 4’x4’ to 10’x40’
  • 4’x8’ machine leaves 80”x132” footprint

Table Type

  • Gantry Kit or Bolt Together

Model Features

  • Easy assembly with gantry kit or bolt together
  • Leveling legs or anchor mount
  • Drop-rail forklift feature
  • Dual x-axis motors
  • Gearbox drive system

Standard Equipment

Gantry Kit

  • Plans, 3 axis Windows –based electronics and steel brackets
  • Slotted brackets are optional

Bolt Together

  • Precision hardened and ground x-axis rails
  • Heavy anodized extruded aluminum ready for easy bolt together assembly
  • Slat support brackets with slots into which 3/16" thick steel strips can be placed
  • Hardware

Construction        

  • Heavy reinforced extruded aluminum gantry
  • Y-axis industrial linear motion roller cassette and rail system
  • X-axis has eight 1” diameter hardened needle bearing cam followers riding on 4 hardened and ground steel rails
  • Rail height 41” and 33"

Electronics/Motion System

  • Micro-stepping stepper motors available
  • 8 amp optically encoded servo motors available
  • Two x-axis drive and motor and one y-axis drive and motor
  • 380 oz. in. motors

User Controls

  • PC based control software with USB interface

Weight

  • Approximately 450 lbs. for 4’x8’ table

Input Power

  • 15 amp/ 110 volt for controls
  • 220 volt models available for international customers

Cutting Area            

  • 4’x4’ to 10’x40’

Cutting Capacity                

  • Up to 13 in. thick (Tool dependent)

Drive System            

  • Dual rack and pinion with 5:1 low backlash gearbox reduction
  • 10:1 low backlash gearbox reduction with servo motors

Traverse Speed        

  • Up to 300 ipm with stepper motors
  • Up to 1500 ipm with servo motors

Cut Speed            

  • Up to 150 ipm with stepper motors
  • Up to 500 ipm with servo motors

Machine Resolution        

  • Approximately .0015” with stepper motors
  • Approximately .0004” with servo motors

 

Available Plasma Units    

Compatible with most plasma cutters

Lincoln Electric

  • Tomahawk® 375
  • Tomahawk® 625

Thermal Dynamics

  • Auto Cut Series
  • Ultra Cut Series
  • Manual Systems
  • Cutmaster A Series

Hypertherm

  • Powermax Series

Standard Software

  • Torchmate Driver Software
  • Accepts any .dxf or G-code

 

Available Software

Torchmate CAD/CAM

  • Everything in CAD/CAM Lite plus nesting, scanning and hogging

BobCAD-CAM

  • In addition to being a full-blown computer assisted design program, BobCAD renders 2D images into three dimensional shpes. It then generates G-code to create the 3D pieces with torchmate’s automated z-axis in conjunction with a router, roto-ZIP tool, engraver, etc.

Rhino 3D

  • Create digital 3D models of your projects before you start the actual fabrication process. All parts fit together just as they would in a physical model. It is possible to rotate the model, zoom in to see the finest detail, and view its components model from the real thing.

RhinoCAM

  • RhinoCAM is a general purpose machining program for the general machinist. RhinoCAM includes 2 ½ axis, 3 axis, 4 axis and 5 axis operations. This powerful package is ideal for mold, die and tooling, wood working rapid prototyping and general machining markets and generate G-code to be directly sent to the Torchmate machines. This product boasts of powerful toolpath generation strategies coupled with tools for efficiently controlling the cutting tool for detailed machining capabilities, while not sacrificing ease of use. It has all the basic functionality as well as additional features suitable for demanding users with sophisticated manufacturing requirements.

Computer Requirements        

  • Windows XP/Vista/’07
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 30 GB hard drive

Warranty

  • Full 1 year warranty on electronics, parts, and software
  • Lifetime unlimited free technical support