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    ATTENTION! ALL METAL ARTISTS AND FABRICATORS!!! i have designed and built a prototype plasma cutter tracer for artists and fabricators alike, using only a cheap berlan from ebay and pt31 torch,

    and would like any feedback as i may put it into prodution or just sell the plans in the near future. thanks for looking, hope to hear some of your thoughts. Here are some of the items i have cut with it. These are not cut with a cnc machine,or have any motoriside parts or any elastictrickery apart from the torch itself. they are all on a4 paper, but the machine table has a work area of 800mm X 800mm. cheers Dave







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    Your pcs. look nice but with out seeing the machine/setup I can't give you any more feedback.
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    Default plasma tracer

    Quote Originally Posted by MMW View Post
    Your pcs. look nice but with out seeing the machine/setup I can't give you any more feedback.
    believe me i would love to show you the machine, but its been a while in development getting the right combination of ideas to work correctly together, and as its still only in prototype stage with no patent as yet, i'd be a fool to let the world and his daughter in on it. Im sure you can understand my secrecy. what i can tell you is its a very simple idea with few moving parts and easy to use (i'm by no means an artist) but the picture of marilyn i just printed from internet, then 10 minutes later she was done. i would say you could make around five copies of it from the same printout,then just reprint and youre away again. you can also use a pre cut template if you wish to make many repeated parts. IMAG0039.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by davejavu View Post
    and as its still only in prototype stage with no patent as yet, i'd be a fool to let the world and his daughter in on it. Im sure you can understand my secrecy. what i can tell you is its a very simple idea with few moving parts and easy to use IMAG0039.jpg
    Have you checked your concept in a preliminary patent search to determine if you have a truly new idea or is an idea already covered by prior patents?

    A quick Google Patent Search of "plasma cutter pattern tracer" has 585 hits...

    https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts&hl=e...w=1672&bih=912

    It's a tough world, especially today doing R&D and getting a new product to market.. The patent game has become more like the patent Mafia...
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    I can do the same thing with a used overhead projector and a small pic of the subject. Just need to make poster board cutouts of the pieces, cut em out, trace em out and cut. Total cost, about $20 for the projector and .$0.50 for the poster board. Once I have a pattern, it's just busy work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blboise View Post
    I can do the same thing with a used overhead projector and a small pic of the subject. Just need to make poster board cutouts of the pieces, cut em out, trace em out and cut. Total cost, about $20 for the projector and .$0.50 for the poster board. Once I have a pattern, it's just busy work.
    I've started doing pretty much the same thing..

    I have a dark room enlarger I bought many years ago and has seen seldom use.. I find images I like, scale them to the 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" enlarger negative size, print the image on transparency film (normally used for presentations) with my laser printer. I use that as the negative in the enlarger and project the image onto the steel plate the size I want.

    I found on a metal artists forum that aluminum or gold color sharpie pens are commonly used to trace the patterns onto the steel plate.. Just follow the image from the enlarger with the sharpie pen then cut it out..

    Could not believe how good the first one a "man in the moon" turned out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blboise View Post
    I can do the same thing with a used overhead projector and a small pic of the subject. Just need to make poster board cutouts of the pieces, cut em out, trace em out and cut. Total cost, about $20 for the projector and .$0.50 for the poster board. Once I have a pattern, it's just busy work.

    small bear.jpg
    looks very good dude!

    mine you can use free hand (ideal for artists with a vision, because you dont need goggles as you can't actually see the the cut as you draw) or use straight from a picture (no cutting out needed) or as you do pre cut a template.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandeman View Post
    Have you checked your concept in a preliminary patent search to determine if you have a truly new idea or is an idea already covered by prior patents?

    A quick Google Patent Search of "plasma cutter pattern tracer" has 585 hits...

    https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts&hl=e...w=1672&bih=912

    It's a tough world, especially today doing R&D and getting a new product to market.. The patent game has become more like the patent Mafia...

    indeed it is! i have had a quick search about a month ago, but as you say there is a lot to search through. i will spend a bit more time soon going through them all, because i really believe in my idea, and simplest ideas are always the be,st (i hope)

    dave

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    Several years back I modified an old pantograph I had to hold my plasma cutter torch and can cut anything that can be traced. Can make it any size I wish.

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    So its a scam then?
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