CNC Torch Table
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The CNC Torch Table (aka RepTab) is an enabling machine for any workshop. This machine enables creation of custom parts for fabrication or replacement of broken components.
The CNC Torch Table allows workshops to create replacement parts on the fly for many of the components used in the GVCS. Additionally, the Torch Table gives workshops the ability to create many of the custom components used in the GVCS Machines. Many parts that make up the 50 GVCS Tools can be cut on the CNC Torch Table, making this machine valuable for replication.
The 2nd prototype is in progress, more information about the research and development can be found in the Research & Development section.
The mechanical structure is already built. Prototype 2 build integration is scheduled for April, 2013, as an enabling tool for digital fabrication of the mechanical GVCS tools such as tractors and bulldozers. Steps needed include Steppernug open source stepper motor driver, Arduino stepper controller, z-height control, trigger, endstops, and CNC toolpath toolchain.
 Additional Notes
- As a large x-y-z coordinate table, the Torch Table has potential applications with other tooling besides a cutting torch. One limitation is that the drive system is not powerful enough or stiff enough to support heavy cutting-tool forces.
- A modular tool mounting (possibly dual mounting, so two tools could be available simultanously) would facilitate tool changeover.
Additional discussion at TorchTableModularTooling
 Product Ecology
See Product Ecologies for more information.
 See Also
- CNC Torch Table Crash Course
- Research & Development
- Bill of Materials
- Manufacturing Instructions
- User's Manual