When it came time to pick our electronics package for this built it was a pretty easy choice. We knew that we wanted THC and we wanted the everything from the same company for a complete solution.
Reading the Forums and searching the Internet kept brining us back to CandCNC every time. They have a great reputation in the industry and have a great product.
For this build we selected the CandCNC BladeRunner Dragon-Cut CNC Plasma Controller.
Here are some of the specs.
The BladeRunner Dragon Cut System. A complete self-contained multi-axis stepper controller with a FULL Digital Torch Height Control built in! With enough power and all the features to help you build small to medium (4 X 4 & 4& 8) footprint Plasma Cutters or Router/Plasma combo's at a low low cost. You get all of the electronics between the PC and the table. Special MACH screens for the DTHC interface.
BladeRunner Controller with 4 Drives (4 axis)
576W 48V12A ESPII "Smart" Power Supply
All-In-One (AIO) design.
New DTHC II Digital Torch Height Control
ESPII protects and monitors expensive electronics
On Screen readout of Power supply parameters (Volts, Amps, Temperature)
Dual Switched AC Outlet is ready for Aux loads up to 15A AC or DC. Build and control scribers, punches, etc
4ea 620 or 300 oz-in 3.5A Hybrid Stepper motors optimized for the BladeRunner
THC Sensor PWM card & 25ft cable
DTHC II Expansion Module - Installed
Full Cable Set for PC interface
Perfect for prototyping machines, medium volume production, or hobby machines . Use on Builds with gantry weight to 90lbs
No Second Parallel Port ...first in the industry
Auto Install of all drivers and support files
Custom screens for MACH
Advanced Cut Profile Screen Popup
Unique new "Tip Saver" prevents torch dives
Unique "SMART-KUT" technology "learns" proper Preset Volts from first of cut.
NOW! 2 YEAR Warranty on all internal components INCLUDING the GECKO motor drives.
CandCNC has lots of options they have kits to help you get their system to work with nearly any plasma cutter. Their controller is designed to take full advantage of the Thermal Dynamics and Hypertherm Powermax Series Plasma Cutters. We selected a few of their options to add on to our system.
We went with the 300 oz steppers after confirming that this was the best option to work with our table and gantry.
We selected the following Accessories to work with our system:
MIC-01 Cable to connect with our CPC Port on the back of our Hypertherm Powermax 65
DCP-01 Digital Current Probe HyT-Connect RS485 SIM Kit
DIGITAL CURRENT PROBE DCP-01
Now you can see the actual DC Amps AT THE CUT using our exclusive DCP Add-on module for the DTHC. It is accurate within better than 2% across a range of 20 to 125A (higher range version available on request). Displayed in real time on the same screen as the TORCH VOLTS, it gives you precise information about your plasma cut. No longer do you have to guess at what the true cut current is. Use the Cut Profile to preset fault points so you can prevent bad cuts due to improper dial settings or poor workclamp connections. The DCP also acts as an adjustable ARC OK sensor and it works with any plasma cutter. Each Cut Profile can have it's own ACR OK trip value in AMPS.
USB to RS485 PC interface Module
RJ45 Cat5E UTP cable 25ft
12V Wallplug power source
RJ45 to 5 pin RS485 plug adapter card
Windows USB drivers for the module
Custom MACH3 communications driver
Custom Operator screens and expanded CUT PROFILE
Instruction Manual (CD)
Auto installer for software and drivers
Another automation enhancement from CandCNC , the company that has made professional CNC plasma gear affordable, reliable and with advanced features not avaialble from ANY other vendor
Watch for our review of the HyT-Connect kit and all of its advanced features as we go through the build process.