New CNC Plasma Cutting Table Debuts

Nov. 10, 2011
Three-axis, 4×4 machine offers more cutting options for smaller shops
Torchmate’s Growth Series CNC cutting systems are an affordable design for smaller machine shops, fabricators, and sheet metal processors. Operators of current models may upgrade to the larger table size. Torchmate Inc. is introducing a new robotic, CNC metal-cutting table that includes engraving and routing functions in a large envelope. It will be priced affordably, below $5,000 according to the developer, which already has two models in its Growth Series CNC machines. Torchmate is a Lincoln Electric company that produces CNC plasma cutting tables and other automation systems for fabricating and manufacturing. The new machine will be introduced at FABTECH, November 14-17, in Chicago.

The new Torchmate® Growth Series 4×4 is described as a versatile, adaptable robotic system that responds to the market’s demand. It follows the company’s Growth Series 2×2 and 2×4 CNC machines, but because of its larger table it will cut a wider range of metal products. Operators of Growth Series 2×2 and Growth Series 2×4 machines can upgrade their systems, the developer indicated.

The new machine is a three-axis, motorized system (two X-axis drives, one y-axis drive, and a motor. It is supplied with customized control software (4×4 Driver) that is compatible with multiple tools, and capable of repeatable and precision performance so that operators can produce multiples with one click.

A water-table version of the machine also is available.

“The launch of our Growth Series 4×4 machine underlines Torchmate’s continuing commitment to create machines that provide the affordability and flexibility that small businesses and hobbyists demand,” stated Torchmate general manager Bill Kunz. “The Growth Series 4×4 allows CNC machine owners to upgrade their machines to keep pace with the expansion of their business or personal needs without starting all over.”

The Growth Series 4×4 is intended for smaller machine shops, fabricators, and sheet metal processors, career and technical schools, hobbyists, and off-road and racing fab shops. It may be used to design and cut intricate and professional-quality metal parts, including automotive chassis or suspension components.

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Robert Brooks | Content Director

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)

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