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Old 02-17-2011, 06:48 PM   #1
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My neighbor just got a plasma cutter table (think CNC with a plasma cutter) and is looking for some ideas for projects. I know he wants to fab off road parts for his hobby but I was trying to come up with some brewing applications. For now all I could think of was more artsy stuff like signs of a brew system/brewery name or maybe a hop cone. I guess he can load basically any pic/jpeg/clip art file and cut it, no special format required. I'm going to scan the BN Army Hop Grenade to see how it would turn out, maybe some tap handle logos. I'll post results later. Are there any other ideas? I think he's open for commissioning projects if you're dying for something.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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First of all, eat a turd. All of my neighbours collectively do jack squat in this department. I'm lucky a few of them know what hole the gas goes into on their mowers. If I ever move, I'm going to request a showing of all the nearby garages.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Go all electric brewing and use it to do the cutouts for PIDs, switches, indicator lights, outlets, plugs, et.al. - in your controller panel.

 
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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removing keg tops for your kettles.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:17 PM   #5
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Cut the pieces for a tippy dump chute.
Cut out a precision false bottom or hopstopper.
Cool looking heat shields for burners that look like flames.
+1 on the control panel.
Cut the top flange off a sanke so it will accept an oval shaped corny lid.

 
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #6
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First of all, eat a turd. All of my neighbours collectively do jack squat in this department. I'm lucky a few of them know what hole the gas goes into on their mowers. If I ever move, I'm going to request a showing of all the nearby garages.
No kidding huh?
Oh wait, just noticed that he is in the town just North of me! Woo Hooo!

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:46 AM   #7
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Cut the top flange off a Sanke so it will accept an oval shaped corny lid.
You struck a nerve. (probably 20 or 30) I went through bitter hell doing just that task a while ago using a Dremel tool.

 
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #8
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You struck a nerve. (probably 20 or 30) I went through bitter hell doing just that task a while ago using a Dremel tool.
... well, there IS a happy medium between a plasma cutter and a Dremel called a $30 angle grinder.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:01 AM   #9
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I did one with a dremel and one with a plasma. Both required clean up after. I asked the LHBS guy (Larry) and he said it's hard to do a perfect circle with the plasma, even with a jig, because the keg wants to spring back and flex as you cut. I haven't seen the plasma table in action yet but maybe it could do it.

As for the control panel, I already have one but maybe this is a good excuse to redo it. I'd think that a waterjet or knockouts would be a better option though for cleaness of cut.

I'm going to get some scrap for him to practice on and see how clean and fine a detail it can do. I'm guessing it will leave an industrial looking finish which would be cool for yard at or a sign.
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:29 AM   #10
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... well, there IS a happy medium between a plasma cutter and a Dremel called a $30 angle grinder.
Well, I tend to agree (I have an angle grinder) - however - The gentle curve required for a corny lid and to be able to cut an opening for it is nearly impossible to do with an angle grinder. The Dremel and its small diameter cutter makes it a lot easier to accomplish.

 
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