I'm having trouble seeing lines I've marked and want to follow with the plasma cutter. I have a Hypertherm shade 6 I'm looking thru and glasses under with the right magnification - but the problem isn't clarity, it's seeing the lines I want to follow at all.......I'm usually looking thru shade 9 when welding and have similar challenges but the light sources seem to work well enough though still not great.
I'm doing metal sculpture work mostly and often working on curved surfaces with irregular lines - I use/make templates and guides whenever possible but that's not often, and would spend more time making one-off templates than would be practical.
I've tried markers of all colors, etching, every marking pencil and material available thru the local welding store and online, and every combination of near and far lighting I can think of...including LED mounted on the face shield (which helps the most). Have tried pushing and pulling the torch - can see better when pushing but have better control when pulling.
I've had my eyes checked and I do have diminished night vision they say it's not to a degree that it would be the main problem. Can anyone suggest a more reflective marker I might try, better lighting alternatives, or anything else that might help? any suggestions would be appreciated.
*****just read a post just below this one that discusses the problem at length so my apology for posting here - will try all the specific ideas in that post and update here if no luck......thanks.