CNC plasma cutting, or Computer Numerically Controlled, is the latest and greatest advancement in the area of metal cutting. By using plasma to cut your metal, you will be able to create intricate, smooth and detailed cuts that you might not be able to otherwise. There are many benefits to using CNC plasma cutting as a means to cut your metal, such as reliability in your cuts as well as efficiency, quality and speed. If you are considering purchasing a CNC Plasma table and plasma cutters, you might want to look into the different types of plasma tables and cutters that are available to you. Depending on what type of metal you are cutting and what thickness, may determine which type of plasma cutter will work the best for your particular project.
When in the market for CNC plasma cutting machines, you’ll notice that they come in either conventional or precision, depending on the cutting flame properties. The flames of the conventional plasma cutters are slower and often produce a greater volume of metal that has been cut out; whereas, the precision systems are high functioning and, because of that, can have a high cost associated with them. There are also two models of automated plasma cutters that have dominated the current market which include the gantry style and bridge style of machine. You can purchase either one of them in either extruded aluminum or fabricated steel, which each serve a different purpose. The lighter duty aluminum machines are most often used for artists and hobbyists alike. They make wonderful precision cuts when creating an art piece or metal designs; however they don’t work as well with mass producing. Because of this, they are subjected to limited use with thinner metal designs. If you are looking for a more industrial type of CNC plasma cutter for mass producing purposes, then you may want to look at the fabricated steel models. They are great at cutting thick metals and can withstand a heavy plate load, about 2” or more. Not only that, but they can often last all day long, cutting metal.
There are also other things to consider when choosing a plasma cutter including what type of motor and drive system you may need, as well as what size of gear box your plasma table will require for proper functioning. If you happen to select a Computer Numerically Controlled plasma cutter where the motor and gear box are the wrong mass for your machine, then the direction of cutting may be off and your CNC plasma cutting will not be able to work effectively. The torch height control and the plasma torch are also considerations when determining the accuracy and cut quality that you want for your project.
Not only are there different options available for your plasma table and cutter, but for the accompanying software program as well. You can choose from different CNC software packages depending on what type of project you are going to be working on and what your particular needs are. Make sure that you do some research to see which package is going to work the best for you.