80 watt tube struggling with 5mm Birch Ply

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tomgreen
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80 watt tube struggling with 5mm Birch Ply

Post by tomgreen » Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:34 pm

Hi,

I'm looking to get a general consensus on machine settings for cutting 5mm birch ply in order to find out if mine is running correctly. I currently have an 80 watt tube with a 2.5" inch "cutting" lens. In order to get guaranteed cuts I'm having to run the machine at 12mms and at 80% power. This is the maximum power I can use this tube at as it maxes out at 28mA. I have seen others claim they can cut up to 10mm thick material with an 80 watt tube but I can't see how that would be possible when I'm struggling to get through 5mm!

Do these settings seem right? Any input welcomed :)

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