• CNC Plasma: Pierce Starts vs. Edge Starts

    In Plasma cutting there are two different types of starts, edge starts and pierce starts. They signify how the start of the cut will take place, and will have implications for other elements of the cut such as edge finish and quality. In addition the type of start used can affect your plasma consumable life. As a result it is important to understand the difference between the two types of starts in order to optimize your cutting experience.

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  • How To Improve Your CNC Plasma Cutting

    While plasma cutting might seem simple enough when you’re just getting started, experience shows us that there’s more to it than meets the eye. After you’re done reading the manual and learning the basics of plasma cutting, there’s still a lot left to learn – especially if you’d like to improve your cut, prolong your […]

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  • What is high-precision plasma cutting, exactly?

    We all know the old sales joke: You can have it good, fast, or cheap, so pick two. High-precision plasma cutting used to be that way, too, only the options were cut speed, quality, and parts life. Today fabricators enjoy the best of all worlds (see Figure 1). On 0.25-in. steel, top cutting speeds reach 100 […]

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  • Heavy Piercing with Plasma

    Heavy Piercing With Plasma

    High density plasma arc cutting such as our 6000 Series CNC Plasma, can effectively cut through thick plate, however the most challenging aspect of the process is the initial piercing of the material. We will now go over a few basic strategies to allow your machine to effectively pierce through inches of metal. Photographers love […]

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  • Cutting vs. Rapid Traverse Speeds

    Cutting Vs. Rapid Traverse Speed

    Machine buyers often research the market thoroughly before making a capital investment while looking for key characteristics in a product that will give their business the greatest rate of return. Unfortunately, some people look through specifications that they may not completely understand, or worse, may be skewed by the manufacturer.

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  • Customer Installation: Southeast Welding installs MultiCam 3000 with Hypertherm XPR 300

    Denis & Christian Petitpas of Southeast Welding in Cap-Pele, NB are now outfitted with the latest and greatest MultiCam & Hypertherm technology. With the installation of the MultiCam 3000 Series Plasma table combined Hypertherm XPR 300 Power Supply these entrepreneurs are now cutting ahead of the competition. The new Hypertherm XPR300® represents the most significant […]

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  • Plasma Terms Explained

    Plasma Terms Glossary

    Have you ever had trouble understanding terminology used by others in manufacturing? For those of you who are new to plasma cutting, listed below are definitions to some of the most commonly used plasma terms.

    • Angularity: Measurement of the plasma cut angle.
    • AC: An electric current that reverses its direction many times a second at regular intervals, typically used in power supplies.
    • CNC: Computer Numeric Control, the automation of machine tools operated by programmed commands.
    • Lag lines: Ridges in the surface of the cut.
    • Dross: Waste material from plasma or oxyfuel cutting processes.
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  • How Plasma Cutting Has Changed Over The Years

    Evolution of Plasma Cutting

    Author Jim Colt, of thefabricator.com, posted an informative article called “The Evolution of Plasma Cutting”. We summarized the article below, but you can read the full post here: http://www.thefabricator.com/article/plasmacutting/the-evolution-of-plasma-cutting 

    Plasma cutting technology was developed in the late 1950’s, and it has come a long way since its introduction. Today, it is one of the most widely used metal plate cutting processes for a large variety of industries. Early plasma systems were primarily used for cutting stainless steel and aluminum plate, these systems primitive by today’s design standards, were the most practical method for cutting heavy nonferrous plate.

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  • 7 Reasons Why Plasma Cutting Systems Are Worth The Investment

    7 reasons why plasma cutting systems are worth the investment

    Our friends at Hyperthem.com posted yet again another informative article, this time on why Plasma Cutting systems are worth the investment. The focus was a comparison of the Powermax45 system and its attributes against a competitor’s lower priced system. Feel free to check out the available Powermax systems we have on our website here.  The full […]

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  • 6 Common Plasma Cutting Mistakes to Avoid

    Hypertherm.com posted an informative article listing 10 common plasma cutting mistakes. We’ve summarized what we think are the top 6 to avoid. You can find the full article here: https://www.hypertherm.com/en-US/learn/articles/10-common-plasma-cutting-mistakes/    

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