Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-05
Xerox Disclosure Journal
Various sheet metal parts of electrophotographic printing machines are frequently cut by laser cutters. Plasma cutting may be used instead of laser cutting. A modified portable plasma cutting device, such as a Thermal Arc Dynapak 110, is mounted on a milling machine, e. g. a Hurco CNC milling machine. This allows the milling machine to cut sheet metal and other metallic materials in a manner similar to laser cutting. The machine table and spindle head are movable to provide the ability to do multi axis cutting. In addition, fixtures and cut parts can be fabricated on the same machine. Previously, several different pieces of equipment were required.