Plasma Cutting Articles

Alone or assisted with water, plasma has proven itself to be one of the most efficient cutting processes for sheet, plate, tube, pipe, and profiles. Search this technology area for information on equipment, cutting tips, and gases.

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Cut to the chase

April 15, 2002

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This article outlines some of the benefits, limitations, and applications of plasma arc cutting. It also provides questions to ask when considering the process for your business.

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What to know before selecting a manual plasma cutter: Understanding size, power, components, cost

July 26, 2001

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The first plasma arc cutting (PAC) systems, developed in the '60s, were 1,000-amp monsters designed to blast through 6-inch stainless steel.

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Aluminum alloy table

Plasma cutting stainless steel and aluminum

July 12, 2001

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This study conducted at Hypertherm characterizes thermal and chemical changes in plasma-cut stainless steel and aluminum alloys and recommends process alternatives that may improve aesthetics and cut quality to improve forming and fabricating of the materials. The systems used were water-injection PAC, conventional dual-gas PAC, and high-precision PAC. It was learned that the heat-affected zone (HAZ) is small in plasma-cut pieces, HAZ varies with speed and power, faster cutting produces less HAZ, and more heat per square inch can produce less HAZ.

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Using plasma arc cutting to clean-cut stainless steel sheet and plate

May 30, 2001

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To clean-cut stainless steel sheet and plate, fabricators first must choose the right CNC cutting equipment and then set the correct process-related variables. Precise machine motion controls, torch-to-material distance control, and the correct plasma and assist gases all are crucial to producing weld-ready plasma-cut edges on all stainless steel thicknesses.

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Hand Held Plasma Cutter

Using a hand-held plasma cutter

May 30, 2001

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Need to learn some techniques for cutting, piercing, and gouging with a hand-held plasma cutter? Read on for six steps to follow when cutting; information about gouging; and tips on maintenance.

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How to avoid the top 10 problems in plasma cutting: Practical tips you can use right now

February 19, 2001

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Attention to detail at the outset can save plasma cutting operators a load of trouble during production.

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