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It is our hope & wish to inspire and encourage you and that this information is helpful to you, in your own ongoing practice.
Ceri and The Collaboratory Crew
In class, we are using a 110v (standard household plug) Lincoln, Home Depot Model.
A 110v will weld structurally up to 3/4".
I recommend, Lincoln and Miller, as they've innovated Welding for 100 years. That's what we use and have even purchased a used Lincoln off FB market place. I know when I buy Lincoln or Miller my local Welding Supply store will work on them, if anything goes wrong.
Phoenix Welding. The Mesa branch is our supplier. If you go there let them know you've been to The Collaboratory and we recommended you go there. http://phxwelding.com/
Airgas is my second gas supplier https://www.airgas.com/
I use either Lincol wire, size 0.30 for my 110v and 0.35 for my 220v machines. We buy our wire at the welding supply store or lincoln wire at home depot.
I would check on line, one of my favorite stores is https://www.weldingoutfitter.com or your Welding supply store or Home Depot.
Central Metal Candy Store - Industrial Metal Supply https://www.industrialmetalsupply.com/Locations/Phoenix-Metal#1
American Metals - Basic Steel https://www.amcrecycling.com/buy-steel/ Let them know you've been here.
AZ Metals, specialize in small cuts and special orders https://www.az-metals.net/
All Steel Suppliers have scrap piles and remenant options. Always seek that out.
Here it is, the Jeggs Cut 40, currently only $233 on Amazon. Great little workhorse. The spec says it cuts up to 1/4". I generally use it for 20 - 18 gauge sheet steel and it cuts like butter and for that price, every household should have one! https://www.amazon.com/JEGS-81545-Plasma-Cutter-220VAC/dp/B078WHZ564/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=plasma+cutter+jegs&dchild=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA8Jf-BRB-EiwAWDtEGk1gtB3I5bacjud8h4aLntkczd_YMDoR6DrEdDphCq55c7L-map09hoCjiIQAvD_BwE&hvadid=323516580907&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9030031&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=b&hvrand=11935546420188893773&hvtargid=kwd-424652246076&hydadcr=11957_9729769&keywords=plasma+cutter+jegs&pd_rd_i=B078WHZ564&pd_rd_r=f59c910d-24de-490c-b474-d6d73bb83539&pd_rd_w=JQQ7X&pd_rd_wg=AmvSl&pf_rd_p=1835a2a9-7ed8-48dc-ad07-fcd7527bd2bc&pf_rd_r=S9DPHZCNFHR5NDC3KBRP&psc=1&qid=1606885792&sr=1-1-80ba0e26-a1cd-4e7b-87a0-a2ffae3a273c&tag=googhydr-20
If you want to go a little more high end, I would highly recommend "Hypertherm" as the rolls Royce of Plasma Cutting.
2 other items you need for plasma cutting
Good to go..... Have Fun!
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Autodesk Fusion 360: https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/personal
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Push Plastic: http://pushplastic.com (also available on Amazon)
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