Compared to traditional ‘metal on metal’ methods, plasma cutting offers precision where it matters most. Initially, the machines were rather cumbersome, slow and expensive and relegated to mass-producing repetitive cuts. The metal industry benefits hugely from the astounding technological advances with regard to plasma cutting.
Used in industries such as aerospace, automotive and defense as well as for industrial machinery, electrical equipment, medical devices, and in robotics, the simplicity and efficiency of high-precision product development have notably increased.
There is an ongoing and urgent demand for extremely accurate, high-quality products within a short duration of time. A plasma cutter can cut materials of different shapes and thicknesses, delivering products with higher accuracy, precision, and speed.
The Plasma Cutting Partners in Matters Metallic
Plasma cutters can now be used in conjunction with other machines. Hence the birth of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology.
“CNC solutions increase productivity besides using a minimal workforce. With globalization, several companies are effectively incorporating CNC solutions in the plasma cutting process. Machine builders are developing higher-resolution machines for faster productivity,” said Business Wire back in 2017.
“The plasma cutting industry is witnessing a remarkable technological trend through the integration of biochemistry, which will impact the market significantly,” says Gaurav Mohindru, a lead analyst at Technavio for research on engineering tools.
The Two Categories of Plasma Cutting
It is great to know that no job is either too small or too big for plasma cutters and their industry partners. Falling into two categories, private 3D specialists working from the garage at home to engineers of construction needing specific metal parts cut for sophisticated application, plasma cutting is still the answer.
Manual Plasma Cutting
Applied in the workship setting for thin metal processing, manual cutters can be found in metal service centres. Used both to construct and dismantle, manual plasma cutters are used in scrap metal enterprises.
Manual plasma cutting is used extensively for factory and agricultural maintenance, building and bridge construction, commercial shipbuilding, trailer production, car repair, welding repairs, and even for works of art.
Mechanised Plasma Cutting
Usually far larger than their manual counterparts, mechanised cutters are integrated with other systems such as a laser, a punching or a robot cutting system.
Rather complex combinations suitable for both welding and cutting are possible on the part of plasma cutter manufacturers, which increase costs pro-rata. High definition plasma cutting systems have addressed several intricate quality parameters regarding cut materials and are set to continue to expand efficacy in the years to come.