Understanding CNC Plasma Cutting Cut Speed, Cost Per Foot and Heat Affected Zone
Understanding what material types the plasma process can cut
One of the first steps to cutting metal with plasma is understanding what material types the plasma process can cut. The most common material types are mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. In addition to these common materials, any metal that is able to conduct electricity can be cut with plasma.
It is also important to understand the range of material thickness that will be cut in your operation. The thicker the material, the higher amperage plasma system you will need.
MaverickCNC plasma cutting tables offer a full line of plasma system options with amperage ranges from 45amps up to 125amps allowing you to cut a wide range of material types and thicknesses.
Important considerations for use of the plasma process
- Cut Speed
- Often measured in inches per minute, this is the speed the torch travels at during the cutting process. Plasma is typically the fastest process for cutting the common material types.
- Cost Per Foot
- Cost per foot cut is a common tool used for calculating the cost of a cut part. When calculating all factors, plasma is considerably less expensive per foot of cut then waterjet or laser.
- Heat Affected Zone
- When cutting metal with a “hot” process, the metal experiences a chemical reaction that alters the cut surface. Because plasma cuts very fast the heat affected zone is minimal and often less than .0001” thick.
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