An Overview of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting uses electrically conductive gas to transfer energy from a power supply to any conductive material, resulting in a cleaner, faster cutting process. Recent advances in plasma cutting have expanded its capabilities and given it many advantages that it has over other cutting techniques.

Advantages of High-definition Plasma Cutting Technology

High-definition (HD) plasma delivers higher cut quality and angularity and faster cut speeds than conventional plasma cutting technology on materials up to 2 in. thick.

An HD plasma cutting system allows for more automation when paired with a CNC machine and software. This automation allows machine operators with differing levels of experience and expertise to operate the machine and achieve superior cuts.

Cutting Tolerances and Thicknesses Achieved with Plasma Cutting

Tolerances are affected by many variables, such as the skill of the operator, speed, torch height, material thickness, material type, part size, part complexity, and, most importantly, the quality (accuracy) of the cutting machine. The general tolerance for the plasma cutting process (with Hypertherm cutting technology) is ±0.015 to 0.020 in.

Plasma Can Cut Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Significant advancements in plasma cutting technology have been made in recent years that redefine plasma’s cut quality on mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Plasma cutting now offers extensive stainless steel and aluminum cutting options for many applications.

One of the newer plasma power sources now offers a three-gas mixing capability which produces an enhanced result when cutting stainless steel and aluminum.

We are Plasma Cutting Specialists

At Industrial Alloy Fabrication, our technicians utilize plasma and many other cutting techniques to create the unique designs that our customers desire. Learn more about how we use these cutting techniques by contacting us.

Sources: https://www.thefabricator.com/article/plasmacutting/a-guide-to-mechanized-plasma-cutting