PROGRAMMABLE SHAPE MACHINE
The Programmable Shape Machine is a two-axis machine
that runs on a track and carries a torch on a motorized
cross-arm. It can be used for flame or plasma cutting, or
welding, of a variety of shapes which are programmed and
stored in memory.
The machine has storage capacity in memory for 10 different
programmed shapes. At any time, one of these shape
numbers is selected to be active, and will stay selected
even when the power is shut off, and turned back on, until
the shape number is changed by the machine operator.
All programming is done with the handheld terminal provided.
The terminal can be plugged into the connector on the rear
of the machine or unplugged at any time. The terminal is
not needed to run the machine once programmed.
Shapes and patterns are built up using segments. To do this,
select the type of segment you want and determine what
quadrant it is in – type it into the terminal. Any given shape
can have up to 50 segments. Other functions such as weld/
oxygen, on/off, time delay, or repeat a shape a number of
times, also count as one segment each, if used.
Handheld Terminal Functions:
The programming operation is selected by pressing keys A, B, C, D, or E.
A: ALL SEGMENTS; data entry for new shape consists of total number
of segments and data for each segment.
B: PROGRAM SEGMENT; press B on terminal to re-program a single
segment. This is useful if there is an error in data for just one segment,
so that the whole shape does not have to be re-entered.
C: CHANGE SHAPE NUMBER; press C on terminal to change the current shape number. The program switches to the new number in memory,
and to whatever shape is stored there.
D: DISPLAY SHAPE DATA; press D to display the data for the current
shape. The terminal display shows a total number of segments, and data
for each segment one by one each time you press enter.
E: END OF SEGMENT SLOWDOWN; press E to set value of deceleration
for the shape, when the machine approaches the end of each segment.
This is useful when the shape has sharp corners to prevent overshoot.
99 is maximum slowdown, 0 is no slowdown.
The different types of segments that can be loaded into the machine are as follows:
Clockwise Partial Arcs
X or Y Axis
Other functions besides the moves shown above are:
Weld Contact/Solenoid On/Off, Pause, Delay, Repeat another shape, Full ellipse, and Rapid Traverse.
PROGRAMMABLE SHAPE MACHINE
The machine is in the reference start position,
when first plugged in.
There are 3 options (the handheld terminal is
not needed for the first two):
1. MOVE: To change the home position, push
the STOP/PAUSE button, move the machine
manually to the required position using the
joy stick, and push the reset button.
2. RUN: Push the START/RUN button to cut/
weld a shape.
3. PROGRAM: The programming operation
requires the use of the handheld terminal.
2.5-50 ipm (63-1250 mm/min)
24" (610 mm)
72" (1800 mm)
Within Limits of Travel
.01" (0.1 mm)
Delay Increment: .01 seconds
Net Weight Of
37 lbs. (17 kg)
15.0"L x 8.25"W x 10.0"H
(381 mm x 210 mm x 255 mm)
The Programmable Shape Machine can be programmed
from a PC, using either of two software packages
described below. Shapes can be created off-line, and
downloaded to the machine when required. A cable is
supplied to connect to the serial port of the PC.
1. PC Option / BUG-6140.
This runs under Windows, and allows you to:
• Create shapes on the PC.
• ave any number of shapes to disk, and retrieve
them as necessary.
• View a programmed shape on screen - which
helps program verification.
• Download programmed shapes from the PC to
2. BUG-6240 CAD Interface.
This is a complete package that includes both the
PC option and DeskCNC. This will allow you to take
2 dimensional CAD drawings and convert them to
Shape files that you can directly load into your shape
• DeskCNC is used to modify 2 dimensional CAD
drawings (.DXF files) and create a toolpath
• The toolpath is saved as a shape file using
• The shape file can be loaded in the PC option
for easy integration with the shape machine