What does a good plasma cut look like?

We’re starting today’s post with a question, “What does a good plasma cut look like?” We admit, it’s kind of a trick question, because the quality of your cut will depend on a lot of things: the age of your system, the quality of your cutting table and related components, the manufacturer, type of plasma and software you’re using, etc. …

Plasma use on the farm

Perhaps more so than other occupations, farmers understand the threat of the unexpected. They know they should never take the good times for granted as it only takes one cruel twist from mother nature to destroy a season’s worth of work. But amid this uncertainty, there is one constant: the need to produce as much as they can in good …

Laser tolerances: Engineers may specify them, but if not really needed, they are costing you money.

Plasma tolerance myth busted One of the advantages of a focused beam of light is that it can cut to extremely tight tolerances. There is less variability in the process. Generally, a laser can hold cut part dimensional tolerances of under 0.01″ (0.25 mm).* Plasma on the other hand, uses a gas energized to the point of ionization to create …

Plasma accuracy & edge quality

What kind of accuracy and edge quality to expect from plasma This question is not a simple one… As a general rule, accuracy will vary based on the capabilities of the plasma system and how it is set-up. For instance, the accuracy of a hand-held plasma system will be different than the accuracy of a plasma mounted on a CNC …

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Buyer’s Guide: CNC Plasma Cutters

Today’s blog post features an excellent article from the Fab Shop Direct Magazine. In this installment, Jim Colt of Hypertherm delves into the world of CNC plasma cutters and shares his thoughts on what to look for in your next machine. This is a question I’m often asked, in my position working for a major manufacturer of plasma cutters. My …

10 years of local innovation

CNC Clear Cut celebrates 10 years of manufacturing South African designed plasma tables   What started out as a simple process to cut metal is now a fast, productive tool. Back in 2007 Paul van Niekerk, CEO of CNC Clear Cut, needed a plasma cutter but couldn’t afford one. However, with two decades of experience in steel manufacturing, it occurred …