A Look at how years of breakthroughs have shaped the machine we know today
The CNC Plasma cutter can trace its roots back to World War II as it was just one of the many inventions developed during the period as a result of the increased demand on factories. The breakthrough that led to this invention was the discovery that inert gas could be combined with an electric arc and the result would be the powerful welding tool we know today. Over the years, we have seen drastic changes to the original device just as with any other new emerging technology. Advancements include the discovery that Plasma can reach much higher temperatures than other welding tools and as a result could be harnessed to cut through thick sheets of metal. This advanced the speed, accuracy, and types of cuts that could be used in the manufacturing process.
The secret behind the effectiveness of the CNC Plasma cutter is derived from the unique properties the plasma possesses. Although most people are familiar with the three states of matter; solid, liquid, and gas, what many people often forget is the fourth stage of Plasma which is achieved when the gas is heated to an even greater extent. At this point, the energy actually begins to break apart the molecules of gas and the atoms are split as a result. The electrons separate from the nucleus and begin moving around furiously, colliding with other electrons and ions, creating a vast amount of energy, or Plasma.
As a result of many years of breakthroughs and advancements we are provided with an abundance of different shapes and sizes of CNC plasma cutters. MultiCam Canada is a company that has capitalized from the years of continued advancement to provide consumers with a variety of quality Plasma CNC machines including their V-Series, 1000 Series, or 5 Axis Technology. No matter the size of the machine or what it is being used for, all Plasma devices from MultiCam will work on the same scientific premise. Pressurized gas is sent through a small channel containing a negatively charged electrode at which point a spark is generated which heats the gas. It will continue to heat the gas until it reached the plasma state of matter which is so hot that it turns metal into a molten slag. To put that into perspective, the temperature reached is 16,648 degrees Celsius or 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit! This temperature is maintained as long as power is provided to the electrode and the plasma stays in contact with the metal being cut.
The time when CNC Plasma machinery was rarely used is in the past, today firms like MultiCam Canada sell a variety of Plasma devices targeted at servicing the HVAC and fabrication industries to name a few. Today, we see the modern application of CNC Plasma cutting in many workplaces and it has been the responsibility of MultiCam to provide this crucial and effective technology to its customers.