User Guide

Last updated: Jun 29th, 2018

Welcome

To the newest CrossFire™ owner:

Thank you for your purchase! We cannot express how grateful we are that you have put your faith and trust in our dedicated company to deliver to you a quality product at an affordable price. Your support helps us keep doing what we are passionate about; putting affordable automated plasma cutting technology into the skilled hands of fabricators, artists, and makers across the globe so that they may bring their ideas to life.

For many of our customers, the CrossFire is their first exposure to both plasma cutting and CNC machinery. We want to re-assure you that we stand behind you and want to do everything we can to make your use of this product as rewarding as it possibly can be. We want you to know that we are always an email or phone call away. We also have an online forum accessible from our website where you can connect with other owner’s to get your questions answered. We know we have done our job well when customers tell us that they can’t believe how such an affordable tool can work so well and be so easy to use; especially when they need it most!

We love hearing from our customers about what they are building with the CrossFire. If you have a cool project that you are proud of, please tell us about it! We love to showcase the amazing work of our customers on our website and social media. Furthermore, we encourage you to share your non-proprietary designs and cutting files with the online community on our website so that others may have the chance to experience your idea come to life on their own machine.

Once again, thank you for putting your faith in Langmuir Systems. We wish you many years of reliable cutting.

Sincerely,

The Langmuir Systems Team

Safety

When used correctly, the Langmuir Systems Crossfire CNC Plasma Table will offer you years of safe operation. However, like all other automated and industrial type machinery, there are important safety considerations and precautions that must be followed in order to avoid injury. Study these safety warnings carefully before assembling and using your machine.

ELECTRIC SHOCK

Electric shock can cause serious injury or death. This machine requires the use of high voltage electricity to operate. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Never touch bare wires/buses/connections or components that are carrying electricity.
  • Repair or replace all worn or damaged components. Turn off power to machine and plasma cutter when making repairs.
  • Install and maintain equipment in accordance with the National Electric Code (NEC)
  • If you have limited electrical knowledge/experience, hire a certified electrician to perform all electrical work.

FIRE AND EXPLOSION

Fire and explosion can be caused by the airborne sparks and slag igniting a nearby flammable material. Electrical fires can be caused if the machine is assembled or used incorrectly. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Never operate the machine in the vicinity of flammable materials or where there is volatile and combustible fumes in the air.
  • Do not use the machine to cut materials or parts that have previously contained fuel or flammable substance of any kind such as gas tanks.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
  • Never operate the machine in a poorly ventilated area.

AUTOMATIC OPERATION

The machine may operate at any time, automatically, and without warning. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Acquire sufficient training before operating the machine.
  • Never place any part of your body in direct contact with areas of the machine that can pinch and crush when powered on. Assume that if the machine is powered, it may move at any time.
  • Keep area clear of bystanders, make sure that no one but the person operating the machine has access to the computer controls.

HAZARDOUS FUMES

Gases and fumes produced during the plasma cutting process can be hazardous to your health. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Keep all fumes and gases from the area in which you breathe. Never operate the machine in an area with minimal or no ventilation. Use fans and blowers to remove fumes and gases from the work area.
  • If ventilation is poor, use an air-supplied respirator system.
  • The type of fumes and hazard level depends greatly on the type of metal being cut. Before cutting, consult the Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) for specific guidelines on the type and hazard level of the fumes produced during cutting.
  • Never cut materials that has been coated with paint, oil, grease, or solvents.

ULTRAVIOLET AND INFRARED RADIATION

The plasma cutter produces high intensity ultraviolet and infrared light that can damage your eyes and skin. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Never operate the machine without sufficient eye protection. Consult the user manual for your plasma cutter to determine the minimum protective shade required for the amperage of your machine. Alternatively, consult ANSI/ASC Z49.1.
  • Wear gloves and suitable clothing to protect your skin at all times.
  • Always alert bystanders before you begin cutting. Bystanders in the immediate vicinity must wear suitable eye and skin protection. Use welding screens whenever possible.

SPARKS AND AIRBORNE DEBRIS

Plasma cutting creates airborne sparks and debris that can cause eye injuries. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Always wear suitable eye protection when operating the machine. Eye protection should follow the guidelines established in ANSI Z87.1.
  • Ensure that all bystanders in the immediate vicinity are wearing suitable eye protection.

PINCH AND CRUSH POINTS

This machine can create pinch points while in motion during normal operations. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Do not touch any part of the machine when it is moving under power.
  • Be aware of all areas of the machine that could potentially be a pinching hazard, such as bearings, lead screws, lead nuts, and slides.
  • Never make repairs to the machine when the machine is powered on.

HOT MATERIALS

The plasma cutting process uses extremely high temperatures to cut metal. As a result, the material can be very hot after cutting which can cause burns. To avoid injury, always adhere to the following precautions:

  • Always assume that metal resting on the machine is hot enough to cause severe burns.
  • Always allow the metal to sufficiently cool before handling. Use a bucket of water to cool down part before handling with bare hands.
  • Never handle hot metal with bare hands. Use gloves or tongs to remove material from the machine.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

CrossFire Assembly

The Langmuir Systems CrossFire comes to you only partially assembled. Therefore, this section serves to provide all of the pertinent information and instructions needed to fully assemble your new machine.

1: Unboxing

Unbox the CrossFire Machine with an overview of the parts you've received.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • CrossFire Box
Tools
  • Box cutter or Scissors
  • Work surface

2: Frame Assembly

Assemble the tubular steel frame of the CrossFire.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • 1x Lower Rail Tube
  • 2x Lower Cross Tubes (CrossFire)
  • 1x Upper Cross Tube (Langmuir Systems)
  • 4x Leg Tubes
  • 4x Swivel Casters (2 locking)
  • 4x Tube Caster Inserts
  • 20x Aluminum Tube Spacers
  • 1x Shim Holder Bracket
  • Hardware Bag 1: Frame Bolts Short
  • Hardware Bag 3: Frame Bolts Long
  • Hardware Bag 4: Frame Washers & Nuts
Tools
  • Soft Faced Hammer or Mallet
  • Ratchet with 9/16" socket and extension
  • 2x 9/16" wrenches
  • Square (machinist or contractor)

3: Gantry Installation

Install the upper rail tube and the gantry with stanchion plates.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • 1x Gantry Assembly
  • 1x Upper Rail Tube
  • 4x Stanchion Plates
  • Hardware Bag 2: Frame Bolts Medium
  • Hardware Bag 4: Washers and Nuts (remaining)
Tools
  • 2x 9/16" wrenches

4: Slat Bed Installation

Install the slat holders and slats if you are not going to install the water table.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • 3x Slat Holders
  • 1x Pack of 10 slats
  • Hardware Bag 12: Sheet Metal Fasteners
  • Hardware Bag 11: Slat Holder Hardware
Tools
  • Screw gun with 1/4" Socket
  • 11/32" Wrench
  • 9/64" Allen Wrench

Water Table

If you plan on installing the water table, you can skip this step and follow the Water Table Assembly instead.

5: Motor and Lead Screw Installation

Install the X and Y-axis Stepper Motors and Lead Screws.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • Y-axis stepper motor
  • X-axis stepper motor
  • Y-axis lead screw
  • X-axis lead screw
  • Y-axis stepper motor mount
  • Y-axis lead screw bearing mount
  • Hardware Bag 5: Y-axis Motor Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 6: X-axis Motor Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 7: Y-axis Bearing Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 8: X-axis Bearing Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 9: Lead Nut Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 13: Lead Screw Couplers
Tools
  • 3/32" Allen Wrench
  • 9/64" Allen Wrench
  • 5/32" Allen Wrench
  • 3/16" Allen Wrench
  • 2x 9/16" Box Wrench

6: Torch Mount and Tube Cap Installation

Install the Torch Mount, Tube Caps, Cable Support Tube, Torch Height Stand-off Shims, and T-Handle Hex Key.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • 16x Tube Caps
  • Cable Support Tube
  • Torch Mount V-Blocks
  • Vertical Torch Slide
  • 1/16" Shim
  • 1/8" Shim
  • T-Handle Wrench
  • Hardware Bag 10: Torch Slide Hardware
Tools
  • Mallet
  • 5/32" Allen Wrench

7: Machine Alignment

Secure the lead nuts after aligning the machine.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • Hardware Bag 9: Lead Nut Hardware (remaining)
Tools
  • 7/16" Box wrench (Alignment)
  • 3/16" Allen Wrench (Alignment)
  • 11/32" Box Wrench
  • 9/64" Allen Wrench

8: Electronics Enclosure Installation

Install the electronics enclosure and connect the stepper motors.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • Electronics Enclosure
  • Hardware Bag 12: Sheet Metal Screws (remaining)
Tools
  • Screw gun/socket wrench with 1/4" socket

Plasma Cutter Wiring

The CrossFire was designed to be compatible with plasma cutters that are equipped with a hand torch or machine torch. A hand torch enables the operator to start and stop the cutting action by squeezing and releasing the torch trigger. This section contains the instructions for a hand torch.

Video Coming Soon.

When installed on the CrossFire, the electronics system must have control over when the torch turns on and off. Providing this control requires splicing into the wires that connect to the trigger so that the CrossFire’s onboard relay can fire the torch when commanded to do so by the CPU.

The purpose of this section to provide the general procedure required to make the wire splices inside of your plasma cutter to facilitate mechanized cutting on the CrossFire. The procedure was designed to be as easy and minimally invasive as possible while preserving your plasma cutter’s ability to be used for hand cutting when not used on the CrossFire. Since there are dozens of plasma cutters on the market, the procedure is intentionally general so that it may be applied to any compatible plasma cutter you select.

Warranty and Safety Considerations

Splicing into the torch trigger wires may or may not violate your plasma cutter’s warranty. It is your responsibility to check with your plasma cutter manufacturer regarding the terms of the warranty and whether or not executing the splicing procedure violates those terms. Langmuir Systems will not be held responsible for warranty violations.

Completing the procedure requires opening up the cabinet of your plasma cutter power supply which will expose you to high voltage and high amperage electrical components. It is your responsibility to make sure that all work is done safely and with the power disconnected. If you have any doubts regarding your ability to safely perform this work, we strongly urge you to solicit the services of a professional electrician. Langmuir Systems will not be held responsible for any injury or death resulting from the incorrect or unsafe execution of this procedure.

After the wire splices are made, it is critical to never leave the torch firing cable connected to the CrossFire electronic enclosure when the torch is not installed in the torch mount and ready to cut. If the torch is required for hand cutting duty, it is imperative to first disconnect the torch firing cable before removing the torch. Failure to do so creates the opportunity for the CrossFire electronic system to turn the torch on when the torch is physically in an unsafe location; such as in the presence of volatile or explosive substances. Failure to disconnect the torch firing cable from the electronic enclosure when the torch is not installed can cause serious injury or death. Langmuir Systems will not be held responsible for any injury or death resulting from the lack of adherence to this critical safety requirement.

A test light or a multi-meter with continuity measuring capability is required to complete this procedure. Your plasma cutter may be different than the one shown so you may find that the procedure for your specific plasma cutter may need to differ somewhat.

Materials

Parts and Hardware
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Hardware Bag 14: Torch Wiring
Tools
  • Multimeter (or equivalent capable of measuring continuity)
  • Hand tools (for opening Plasma Cabinet)

Water Table Assembly

Coming Soon.

Laptop Stand Assembly

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