Plasma Cutting Service
Plasma cutting services are the perfect answer when looking to cut thick metal plates. Cutting sheet metal is faster and cheaper with laser, but thicknesses from 1 inch are better suited for plasma, as it outperforms laser in quickness. This, of course, also reflects in the final price.
Fractory uses CNC plasma machines. This helps to ensure a constantly high level of precision and repeatability throughout the manufacturing process.
Our manufacturing partners use CNC plasma machines to fulfil the orders. The state-of-the-art machinery provides capabilities to cut metals up to 2 inches, as recommended. The plasma cutting service is in accordance with quality classification EN 9013.
Another method for cutting thick metal is oxy-fuel cutting. Plasma cutting’s advantage over the latter is better quality and the possibility to cut a wider range of metals, including stainless steel and aluminum. Also, no preheating is necessary for plasma, making the process quicker and ensuring a smaller heat-affected zone.
Stainless steel 2"
How to Order?
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We bring your metal parts right to your selected address. This applies to the whole US, without any exceptions.
CNC Plasma Cut Steel & Other Parts
Plasma cutting services are suitable for conductive metals only. This is related to the process mechanics.
Suitable metals for plasma cutting are:
- Carbon steel
- Stainless steel
- Copper alloys, etc.
Advantages of Plasma Cutting
Comparatively cheap – One of the standout features of using plasma cutting services is its low cost. The processing times are quick and the machinery itself is cheaper than many other technologies. This also reflects in the final product price.
Quick – As already said, CNC plasma cutting is very quick. Although lasers are even speedier for sheet metal, plasma is the go-to technology for thicker plates. The process speed advantage applies to parts of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, etc.
Low operational requirements – A plasma cutting machine needs compressed gases and electricity to operate. The CNC equipment is less complex than many others. Therefore, the equipment is easier to maintain and service, lowering the overall operational costs. Again, this also reflects in the service price for plasma cut parts.
Low heat input – Plasma cutters use a narrowing nozzle to produce a concentrated jet of plasma. This helps to increase the ratio between energy input and output, creating a high-energy plasma jet suitable for cutting even thick steel plates.
Small heat-affected zone – A sub-product of thermal cutting methods, the HAZ brings about changes in material properties and microstructure. These can affect the overall reliability of a part, as the mechanical properties are no longer heterogenous. Even at high temperatures, plasma cutting service can ensure a small heat-affected zone.
Good quality – Again, laser cutting is a little bit cleaner and more accurate. But when it comes to thicker metal plates, plasma cutting’s quality is admirable. Only a few methods can beat it but with a direct effect on the final price.
Short preparation time – Plasma cutting does not require any preheating. Production can start as soon as the machine configuration and the material position are set.
Flexibility – This cutting method lets you cut through a stack of material or use it for bevelling, shape cutting, gouging and piercing. Such versatility makes it possible to produce complex parts using only one manufacturing technology.