US Patent No. 10,194,516

HIGH ACCESS CONSUMABLES FOR A PLASMA ARC CUTTING SYSTEM


Patent No. 10,194,516
Issue Date January 29, 2019
Title High Access Consumables For A Plasma Arc Cutting System
Inventorship Christopher Schulze, Etna, NH (US)
E. Michael Shipulski, Etna, NH (US)
Clifford Glenn Darrow, Lyme, NH (US)
Martin Higgens, Lebanon, NH (US)
Assignee Hypertherm, Inc., Hanover, NH (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,194,516

1. A plasma torch extender for a plasma arc cutting system, the plasma torch extender comprising:an elongated body including a semi-rigid, positionable flexible section having an axis extending between a first end and a second end, the flexible section having a length of at least six inches and sufficient stiffness and ductility to enable manipulation at any point along its axis to form a three-dimensional bent axis, the flexible section adapted to be poseable across a plurality of orientations including at least a first movement spanning at least 90 degrees, between the first end and the second end, such that when manipulated the three-dimensional bent axis remains fixed;
a first connector at the first end of the elongated body directly connectible to a consumable set; and
a second connector at the second end of the elongated body directly connectible to a torch mount.