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Beginner Introduction to AutoCAD 2D Drawing & Cutting CNC Plasma Parts


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On this episode of Make It Kustom, I walk you through drawing a part in AutoCAD to CNC plasma cutting the part. This is meant to be a introduction to the process rather than a complete tutorial. Anyone can benefit from these basics and turn their napkin sketch into a finished part!

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  1. OnShape! Free to use, easy to learn. I have a registered CAD program that I paid lots of money for, but still use OnShape for everything. I've had zero training in CAD or CNC, but was able to teach myself in a short time. I can have a simple part in my hand from my homebuilt CNC plasma table in less than 15 minute from just an idea. Pretty amazing.

  2. Great video on CNC! I got a chuckle out of your intro! It hit home, I was a mediocre student, was not very great at math! In the late 80's I got a chance to work in networking computers just because I was a hard worker, not a smart one! LOL But although I was not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, I was tenacious, and I found I could count to 2!! HeHe! That's all computers can really do is count from 0 to 1! I ended up running the hardware/network side of things and had a few guys working for me when I retired! I have quite a few funny stories, but one you might relate to! I'm an old farm boy, growing up on the farm I learned to FIX things! We made do! So when I started working in computers, I remember our philosophy (mine specifically) was to give a screen to anyone who wanted one, and in this case one guy who wasn't interested! I was setting up a terminal in the welding shop and an old welder walked in and he took one look and said, "no need to set one of them up in here! I have no idea how to use one!" I pointed to a MIG welder and asked him if he knew how to use it? "Hell yes" was his reply! I pointed to his ARC welder, and asked him if he knew which rod to use for various metals and thicknesses! "I've been welding for 30 something years, I know them machines like the back of my hand!" I told him then using this is going to be a piece of cake for ya! The hard work has already been done for you, all you have to do is type what you already know. Next time I saw him, he was sitting there single finger poking away! LOL Sorry I got a little bit wordy! But the video caused this ole man to reminisce!

  3. I also got the lazyCam. But my Langmuir told me I’m not using mach3. So I have to use the fire control with the machine to run g-code. I have to use fusion to make the g-code. I do like the way you can control the torch in mach3 when you are going to run the torch. My software doesn’t give me that option. I have to make tool libraries in fusion
    Just seems clunky.
    Thx again. Great videos

  4. I really liked your presentation
    I just bought the software
    It is doing great
    Problem is I lost the boxes were you put the length or radius in.
    So it is real hard to use now.
    Any ideas on we’re they went
    I looked around settings. I even delegated and reinstalled software.
    It didn’t show back up
    Thx for any help guys
    John in the Pacific Northwest

  5. Karl, don’t know if someone else commented on this or if you will see this since this video is older, but you should be able to use a math equation so you don’t need to do the mental math for the radius. As an example you could type in .625/2 which will give you the radius of the .625 hole. That has made my life much easier, hope it help you as well!

  6. I learned CAD starting in 1984. I worked on a laser for wood. I made so many things on one or another. I also used CNC cutting tables & a water jet.
    I have cut wood, metal up to 1/2”, plastic with clear edges, & rubber products. CAD is fun & it gets easier with experience. At home, I use Corel Draw & can achieve almost the same as I could on the CAD systems I know & have used.

  7. Bro, you are making it so simple! Thanks for the tutorial!! Subscribed your channel just, and definitely will spend 30 mins everyday to watch your videos as self-learning !

    Thanks again!

  8. okay Carl, I've owned a crossfire table for quite awhile, and a working toolpath has eluded me , thanks to you young man and Lazy cam i have come one step closer to having a working table !! well done sir well done indeed

  9. Fusion 360 is easier to draw in. This drawing would take about 60 seconds to draw in fusion. You also have 3d modeling and cam in the same software package.

  10. I see you deleted my comment showing how to get equivalent open source software that is just as good and completely free. You are also deceiving your viewers because the software you are using is NOT AutoCAD.

  11. I have a CNC table and outsource all my creations for it. This is the first tutorial I have ever managed to sit through till the end. It's given me the inspiration to try it myself, thanks Karl your awesome mate.

  12. FreeCad ,,, LibreCad ..( free) .support open source .. I use them for making "test" bits with my 3d printer ! ,, test before I make ,,( read screw up with cheap plastic before I make in steel ! )

  13. You are awesome! I have been a fabricator for around 35 years and I have owned my fab shop for 25 years. I wish that we were closer so we could teach each other stuff! I am being honest by saying that you have taught me some stuff and when I don't want to show someone how to do something I refer them to your videos because I know that you are doing it right! I have a Plasma Automations 5' x 10' Vicon HD table and I pay around $4k every 4 years for Autocad and I am not going to renew next year because I am going to get this instead! Thanks again!

  14. Loving your videos, is there a quick way to fill a sheet space with drawings other than just copy and paste or mirror?
    Would be great if there was a function that maximizes material with minimal wastage.

  15. So you don’t have to create a 3D image because you already know what thickness material to load. What if I’m sending the image to a service? Or specifically in my case I want something milled, a rod section with two different diameters similar to a shoulder bolt. How do I create the 3D dxf?

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