How Plasma Cutters Work

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Are you wondering how plasma cutters work? In a metal fabrication shop, one of the most important services we can provide is customer education. We like to keep our customers in-the-know when it comes to how and why we do what we do to meet their metalworking needs. Our plasma cutters are designed to cut through both material that is conducting and non-conducting. Let’s take a closer look at what this means and what you can expect when you take advantage of this service.

What Is the Plasma Cutter?

We are about to get a little technical, but it’s important to understand plasma in order to understand the benefits of the plasma cutter. Plasma is actually a gas that reaches a certain temperature in which it becomes an ionized gas that allows the ions to coexist with the electrons. We consider this the forth state of matter that follows solid, liquid and gas.

The energy existing in the plasma splits molecules, releasing the electrons, which creates massive amounts of energy. It’s this high-powered energy that enables the plasma to cut through metal materials with ease. Once the pressurized gas goes through the nozzle of the tool, temperatures can reach as high as 30,000 degrees Fahrenheit—which is the temperature at which the matter changes over from gas to plasma.

What Do Plasma Cutters Do?

Industries such as construction, automobile and, of course, metal fabrication, tend to use plasma cutters the most. While not so long ago, the norm was to utilize a torch burner to cut through materials, plasma offers a safer, more precise method for getting the job done. Here are some other advantages:

  • Because there is no fire involved, the metal surrounding the cut area remains cool and does not warp or suffer paint damage that is typical when using a torch burner.
  • The cutting speed is often five times as fast as a torch job, meaning we can increase productivity and provide fast turn-around time on metal fabrication projects.
  • The method is safer than using a torch—safer for the technicians and safer for the materials.

All of these advantages mean you won’t have to wait long for your parts and metal fabrication projects when you choose to work with a shop that uses plasma cutters.

Get in Touch with Our Team at Metal Masters for Expert Plasma Cutting

At Metal Masters, Inc., we use the top-of-the-line tools and equipment to ensure your metal projects meet your expectations. We will work closely with you to find out exactly what you need, then deliver attentive customer service and fast turn-around time to keep your projects on track. Visit us online today to learn more about our metal fabrication shop and the customer education we offer.


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    If you're looking for high-quality work at a good rate, you've found the place. Metal Masters was always available to answer questions about the whole process and design. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for quality metalworking services.

    Phil A.