Plasma Cutting Experts
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Plasma Cutting Process
- Plasma cutting is the fastest cutting process on carbon steel, aluminum, or stainless steel.
- Plasma cutting can be combined with waterjet or oxy fuel on the same part.
- Plasma cutting can be use for precision cutting on gauge material up to 6” thick stainless.
Plasma cutting is an effective means of cutting thick and thin materials alike. Hand-held torches can usually cut up to 38mm thick steel plate, and stronger computer-controlled torches can cut steel up to 150 mm thick. Since plasma cutters produce a very localized and very hot “cone” to cut with, they are extremely useful for cutting sheet metal in angled or curved shapes.
Plasma Cutting Process
The basic plasma cutting process involves creating an electrical channel of ionized gas i.e. plasma from the plasma cutter itself, through the work piece to be cut, thus forming a completed electric circuit back to the plasma cutter via a grounding clamp. This is accomplished by a compressed gas (oxygen, air, inert and others depending on material being cut) which is blown through a focused nozzle at high speed toward the work piece.
Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through electrically conductive materials by means of an accelerated jet of hot plasma. Typical materials cut by this process include steel, aluminum, brass and copper though other conductive metals may be cut.
Plasma cutting is often used in fabrication and welding shops, automotive repair and restoration, industrial construction, salvage and scrapping operations. Due to the high speed, precision cuts, combined with low cost of operation, plasma cutting sees a widespread usage from large scale industrial CNC applications down to small hobbyist shops.
The electrical arc ionizes some of the gas, thereby creating an electrically conductive channel of plasma. At the same time, much of the high velocity plasma and compressed gas blow the hot molten metal away, thereby separating i.e cutting through the work piece.