If your CNC plasma cutting machine leave a little to be desired since they may be aging, and no longer keep up with the demands of constant change, you may be able to save them without investing in brand new machines.
Plasma Technologies has announced their answer to aging HVAC shop technology with their new low cost yet high value retrofit kit for Lockformer and Cybermation plasma cutting machines, which replaces all the old electronics with brand spanking new motors and controls.
In an effort to outfit the Robot Shop with the things that can liberate an inventors imagination, they have purchased a Hypertherm 30 plasma cutting machine and made it available for use by the members of the Robot Club in the Robot Shop. Imagine what it would be like if you could sketch your design on a sheet of steel with a cutting torch as easy to use as a marking pen. You can do that here at the AIM / Robot Club workshop. Team members can cut steel 1/4" thick as easy as running a hot knife through butter. Much like a scroll saw is for pattern cutting in wood, the plasma torch allows free form pattern cutting in steel. Since there is a 1/2" stand off from the plasma jet, wood patterns can be used and the design traced with the plasma jet in steel. You can cut any direction, any angle. The cut edge is clean and sharp.
Plasma cutters feature new technology has a very fruitful and useful for cutting metals.