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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Big T » July 23rd, 2019, 7:09 pm

Welcome aboard


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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Dirtytires » July 23rd, 2019, 7:46 pm

Welcome to the site....



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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Bobbo4030 » July 23rd, 2019, 7:54 pm

Can any tell me , what is the benefit buying the cnc blueprints vs regular?



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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by McBroom » July 23rd, 2019, 9:02 pm

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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Dirtytires » July 23rd, 2019, 9:07 pm

When building a smoker, you have the option of buying sheets of steel and cutting all the pieces yourself or having a shop cut all the pieces so you only have to assemble it. Obviously, cutting yourself is more time consuming and time needs to be spent cleaning up the edges and adjusting for mis-cuts. Having it laser/waterjet cut makes a cleaner and more exact cut.

So, to answer your question, the CNC file has all the pieces nested in a sheet and all the cutter has to do is plug it it to his machine. Without it, they have to type in each piece separately which usually increases the operator cost and produces more waste.

Personally, I think it’s much more fun and rewarding to cut everything myself but will admit it took a ton of time to do so. I nested all the pieces from the regular plans on a sheet of paper before I started and was able to make very efficient use of my material and minimize number of cuts. If you complain enough during the build tho, maybe the Mrs will give you permission to buy a plasma cutter and a bandsaw for the next project......?



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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by ajfoxy » July 23rd, 2019, 9:49 pm

Welcome aboard.
Personally, I think it’s much more fun and rewarding to cut everything myself
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Unless you are like DT and enjoy the hard slog of cutting everying manually (measure twice, cut three times), I would definitely go with the cnc dxf files. A few bob more, but man it does save heaps of aggravation. Not to mention cutting disks, grinding disks etc.
I am in the fortunate position of owning my own cnc plasma cutter so I always got the dxf files if available. So I might be a tad biased.


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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Pete Mazz » July 24th, 2019, 4:30 am

:welcome:


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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Boston » July 24th, 2019, 9:03 am

Welcome aboard!!



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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Bobbo4030 » July 24th, 2019, 12:43 pm

Thanks any Maryland member here?



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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by bjustison » July 25th, 2019, 10:28 pm

I'm from Delaware. I cut everything myself for my mini GF build except for the firebox plates. I had my local steel dealer cut that for me. What are you going to build?




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Re: Greeting from Maryland

Post by Chromeski » August 15th, 2019, 11:19 pm

I bought the CNc plans, but most of the metal shops just didn't seem to know what to do with the cut file. May be worth asking your metal guy if it would be of any use



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