Jay­mac CNC Plasma: Ver­sa­tile, safe and easy-to-use

The Australian Education Reporter - - WORKSHOPS: DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AND WOODWORKING -

JAY­MAC is an Aus­tralian owned fam­ily busi­ness ded­i­cated to sup­ply­ing qual­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices to the weld­ing, en­gi­neer­ing, agri­cul­tural, min­ing and ed­u­ca­tion sec­tors since 1980.

Jay­mac CNC pack­ages pro­vide users with in­cred­i­ble ver­sa­til­ity in de­sign and man­u­fac­ture. Jay­mac di­rectly im­ports the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Us-man­u­fac­tured Plas­macam CNC Cut­ting ta­bles and renowned Hyper­therm plasma ma­chines. Th­ese are cou­pled with a com­puter and var­i­ous ac­ces­sories to pro­vide an ‘all-in’ to­tal pack­age that is easy to set up and easy to use. The in­cluded De­signedge soft­ware is de­signed specif­i­cally for plasma cut­ting and quickly cre­ates im­pres­sive de­signs. Al­most any shape – from scanned im­ages to com­puter fonts to com­mon draw­ing pro­grams (CAD & dxf) – can be easily im­ported, edited and re­pro­duced.

Tra­di­tional pro­gram­ming and pro­cess­ing steps are elim­i­nated and re­placed with a graph­i­cal in­ter­face, which al­lows users to work di­rectly with the im­ages they want to cut. This elim­i­nates un­nec­es­sary im­port­ing and ex­port­ing be­tween mul­ti­ple pro­grams – de­sign­ing, cut­ting and mod­i­fy­ing is all done on a sin­gle plat­form.

In Oc­to­ber 2011 Mul­wa­ree High School in NSW took de­liv­ery of their CNC Plasma pack­age from Jay­mac – the first pub­lic high school in the State to own a ma­chine of this kind.

The set­ting up of the new com­puter-aided plasma cut­ter would al­low the Mul­wa­ree School to go up to another level in both the tra­di­tional metal ar­eas as well as the cre­ative ar­eas.

Mul­wa­ree high school art metal teacher Bill Dor­man first heard of the Plas­macam from a Sydney com­pany, Almec, which did laser cut­ting on a com­mer­cial scale.

“Almec were do­nat­ing a whole lot of their sheet metal of­f­cuts to the school, and one of the com­pany’s engi­neers said I should look at this Plas­macam, which was a mini ver­sion of what they used,” he said.

“What I had was lots of ac­cess to sheet metal for noth­ing, and that was the logic be­hind the Plas­macam.

“Within two weeks we had the money to­gether; it was about $20,000, which was affordable, but the hard­est thing was get­ting ap­provals through the depart­ment!”

More than five years later, Mr Dor­man said Jay­mac’s af­ter sales ser­vice and sup­port was still ready to lend a hand.

“Jay­mac them­selves have been re­ally, re­ally help­ful,” he said.

“I have a pretty good hang of the ma­chine, but ev­ery now and again if there’s an is­sue they are still happy to chat.”

As a teacher, a met­al­worker and sculp­tor, Mr Dor­man said the hard­est thing for kids was cut­ting the metal. With the Plas­macam, stu­dents could draw some­thing up in CAD or the Plas­macam soft­ware – rang­ing from un­com­pli­cated de­signs to some­thing far more complex – and the ma­chine would cut it out.

“With year 7s we can keep it fairly sim­ple, then with the Year 11s and 12s we can do all sorts of in­tri­cate work,” he said.

It is a se­ri­ous ma­chine too. The stu­dents are able to cut any­thing from .8mm to 10mm thick; ac­cu­rately, cleanly and safely. The ma­chine’s 1.2x1.2m foot­print is also ideal for smaller work­shops.

“I did a test one time with one of my year

7 classes, and I got them to draw up a car,” Mr Dor­man said.

“In 45 mins we went from no de­sign, to draw­ing it, con­vert­ing it, cut­ting it out, bend­ing it up and spot weld­ing it to­gether.

“A sim­ple, square bon­net car with win­dows and some wheels and an axle – just as an ex­er­cise to see what we could do with it.”

De­signedge is by far the eas­i­est CNC Plasma soft­ware to learn and teach in the in­dus­try.

If you are look­ing in­ject some ex­cit­ing value-add to your metal arts class, Jay­mac is well worth a call!

1800 809 362 | www.cnc­plas­ma­cut­ters.com.au

Jay­mac di­rectly im­ports the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Us-man­u­fac­tured Plas­macam CNC Cut­ting ta­bles, which are cou­pled with a com­puter and var­i­ous ac­ces­sories to pro­vide an ‘all-in’ to­tal pack­age that is easy to set up and easy to use.

The new Plas­macam com­puter-aided plasma cut­ter at the Mul­wa­ree High School in NSW.

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