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Plasma cutting involves using a jet of ionized gas above 20,000°C to melt and expel material from the cut made. Since these temperatures are so high, it’s sometimes carried out underwater. When the plasma jet hits the material, recombination occurs, causing the gas to revert to its normal state. The heat from the process makes it possible to cut through material like steel that might be 20mm thick.

 

How Does It Work?

Plasma cutters work by sending an electric arc through a gas passing through a small, constricted space. The gas can be oxygen, nitrogen, argon, or shop air. In doing this, the gas temperature rises to high levels that take it to the fourth state of matter, also known as plasma.

Since the metal being cut is a part of the circuit, the plasma’s electrical conductivity makes it transfer to the work. Because of the small, constricted opening, the gas passes through at high pressure. The speed of the gas makes it possible for the gas to then cut through the molten metal.

 

What Materials Can Plasma Cutters Cut Through?

Plasma cutters have been in the industry for a while now and can be used to cut into any metal that is conductible, although they have been commonly used to cut through steel. Their versatility and the fact that they can cut through thick metal makes them incredibly useful in the metal works and manufacturing sectors.

 

Advantages of Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting has been used in the metal works industry for a long time. The reason for this is the various advantages it comes with. Here are some of the benefits of using plasma cutting:

  • It can cut through all conductive materials
  • It’s suitable for cutting through thick metals of up to 150mm
  • When compared to other cutting methods through thick metal, it’s the most affordable method
  • When used with CNC machines, it provides high precision and accuracy
  • It can be used to cut in water

These advantages make it easy to see why plasma cutting has been embraced in the manufacturing industry. To get a quote for using plasma cutting on your next manufacturing project, contact our team at Rapid Axis today!