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    Default Template Material

    I have an opportunity to make some $$$ cutting out small designs with my plasma cutter on some 18 gauge material. Since I don't have CNC it will be a lot of repetitive cuts by hand. Their previous vendor raised their price for these items from $1.00 to $5.00 each, so I figure I can charge a reasonable price and make it worth my time, all I need to do is make some templates to fit my plasma torch head. Anybody have any suggestions of what type of material I could use that is heat resistant, durable and easy to work with?
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    I made quite a few of them from 1/16" brass when it was cheap and easy to get. Alum would be ok too...Bob
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    How many pieces do the templates have to hold up for? I've always seen/used aluminum for repetitive pcs.
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    How about steel.

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    I've used Aluminum for them for years with no problem. Used as plasma cutter templates and patterns for mounting equipment were we drilled small holes an automatic center punch would fit through to transfer the marks letting the edge of the pattern set up against the edge like a square.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMW View Post
    How many pieces do the templates have to hold up for? I've always seen/used aluminum for repetitive pcs.
    Probably several hundred over a period of time. I considered aluminum, but was wondering if anybody had used any non-conductive material that I couldn't accidentally gouge with the torch.
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    Have you thought about having something phenolic made? I guess making it not melt would be an issue though...

    What about using Plywood? Its at least cheap enough that if you burn a piece of it, you wont care, and you can make another with a bandsaw very easily.
    Precision is only as important as the project...if you're building a rocket ship...1/64" would matter. If you're building a sledgehammer...an 1/8" probably wont.

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    whatever you have on the scrap pile will do fine.

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    I think Id look into FRT plywood. A little time a jigsaw, and a Dremel, w/kit you should be able to make some fine templates.

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    I have had good results using 1/8" tempered masonite.

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