When customers are considering purchasing a CNC plasma cutting system, we highly recommend that customers do their research. It is important to not only know the price differences but the differences in ability. Things like maximum sheet size, cutting speed, specific machine features, CAD and CAM software and more will heavily influence what system you purchase. Another one of those things – cut thickness ability – is something that must be considered to ensure that the system in which you invest can actually achieve all of the cuts you need it to. The cutting process itself determines the thickness of material that can be cut. The EZCut CNC machine moves the plasma cutter tool according to predetermined parameters set up in the CAD and CAM software. We are proud to be an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) for Hypertherm and Victor Thermal Dynamics, two exceptional brands that produce state-of-the-art plasma torches. The plasma torch you choose to pair with your system will determine how thick of material you can cut.
At this point, the manufacturer of the CNC plasma cutter (aka Hypertherm or Victor Thermal Dynamics) is the best resource for cut thickness ability. For our purposes, we will first look at Hypertherm and then at Victor Thermal Dynamics. First, we will examine Hypertherm’s Air Plasma Cutters. The Hypertherm Powermax125 has a max pierce of 1.000’’ for Mild Steel, 0.750’’ for Stainless Steel, and 1.000’’ for Aluminum. The Hypertherm Powermax105 has a max pierce of 0.875’’ for Mild Steel, 0.750’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.750’’ for Aluminum. The Hypertherm Powermax85 has a max pierce of 0.750’’or Mild Steel, 0.625’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.625 for Aluminum. The Hypertherm Powermax65 has a max pierce of 0.625’’ for Mild Steel, 0.500’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.500’’ for Aluminum. Next, we will look at Hypertherm Mixed-Gas Plasma Cutters. The Hypertherm HSD130 has a max pierce of 1.000’’ for Mild Steel, 0.750’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.750’’ for Aluminum. The Hypertherm MaxPro200 has a max pierce of 1.250’’ for Mild Steel, 1.000’’ for Stainless Steel, and is not applicable for Aluminum. Next, we will look at Hypertherm Hi-Def Plasma Cutters. The Hypertherm HYPR130XD has a max pierce of 1.250’’ for Mild Steel, the Hypertherm HPR260XD has a max pierce of 1.500’’ for Mild Steel, 1.250’’ for Stainless Steel, and 1.000’’ for Aluminum.
To continue, we will turn to look at Victor Thermal Dynamics. First, we will look at Air Plasma Cutters. The Victor Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster A120has a max pierce of 0.750’’ for Mild Steel, 0.625’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.625’’ for Aluminum. The Victor Thermal Dynamics Cutmaster A80 has a max pierce of 0.750’’ for Mild Steel, 0.500’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.625’’ for Aluminum. And the Cutmaster A60 has a max pierce of 0.625’’ for Mild Steel, 0.500’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.500’’ for Aluminum. Next, we will look at Mixed-Gas Plasma Cutters. The Victor Thermal Dynamics Auto-Cut 200 has a max pierce of 1.250’’ for Mild Steel, 1.250’’ for Stainless Steel, and 1.250’’ for Aluminum. Finally, we will look at Hi-Def Plasma Cutters. The Victor Thermal Dynamics Ultra-Cut 100 has a max pierce of 0.750’’ for Mild Steel, 0.625’’ for Stainless Steel, and 0.625’’ for Aluminum. The Victor Thermal Dynamics Ultra-Cut 200 has a max pierce of 1.500’’ has a max pierce of 1.500’’ for Mild Steel, 1.000’’ for Stainless Steel, and 1.500’’ for Aluminum. Weigh these descriptions carefully against the type of materials you cut and the typical thickness you will need to cut to determine what plasma cutter is best for you.