Steel Plasma Cutting: Precision and Efficiency in Metal Fabrication

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Since its invention in the 1950s, steel plasma cutting has become a cornerstone of the manufacturing industry worldwide. The process works with any electrically conductive material, so you can use it to cut and weld aluminum, copper, brass, and other metals.

Steel Plasma Cutting: Precision and Efficiency in Metal Fabrication

Because these metals conduct electricity, an arc of plasma, or hot ionized gas, can be used to cut through them with an extremely high degree of precision. Its mass adoption globally has also been a result of its relatively low cost, making it a popular option for both mass production and metalwork hobbyists alike.

Previous to arc plasma cutting, a process known as oxyfuel cutting was the leading method used by metalworkers. However, oxyfuel cutting didn’t work with materials like aluminum and stainless steel due to an oxide that would occur. This oxide was a result of the oxygen gas used in this form of metal cutting. With the advent of steel plasma cutting, other gases could be used, like Hydrogen and Argon, to eliminate this oxidation issue. Arc plasma cutting is also much faster than oxyfuel cutting, saving time and increasing efficiency.

While there are inevitably risks attendant with such high-powered technology, modern plasma cutters come equipped with features that reduce such risks. When the proper safety measures are taken, steel plasma cutting is not just a cheaper and faster alternative to more traditional methods, but it is a relatively safe option as well. Reach out to our team of professional fabricators at AccuSpec Fabrication today to find out more about steel plasma cutting or to request a quote.