What Is a CNC Plasma Cutter?

a BeamCut CNC plasma cutting machineA CNC plasma cutter is a metal fabrication tool that can be utilized for processing structural steel and other metals. The CNC stands for “computer numerical control” and refers to automated software that controls the fabrication process. Plasma refers to the super-heated substance that is ejected from the cutting torch and slices through the metal. Let’s take a closer look at CNC plasma cutters and how structural steel and plate fabrication companies can benefit from this advanced technology.

Benefits of CNC Software on Plasma Cutting Tables

Equipping a plasma cutting machine with CNC controls can provide many great benefits, especially for fabrication companies that are plagued by cutting mistakes, wasted materials, and slow turnarounds. Indeed, CNC software can solve all these issues. Within the digital environment created by the software, the operator can upload or draw the shape that will be cut from the metal sheet or plate. They can also work out any kinks in the design and fix any errors before the work begins. Then, it’s only a matter of loading the steel material and pressing the start button for the CNC plasma cutter to take over and perfectly process the programmed shape.

How Does Plasma Cut Through Steel and Other Metals?

Within the cutting head of a CNC plasma cutter, oxygen or another gas is forced at high velocity through the miniscule nozzle opening. At the same time, an electric spark is produced, which ignites the gas to extreme temperatures, transforming it into plasma—a fourth state of matter that resembles a gas but flows like a liquid. The temperature of the plasma can reach up to 45,000 degrees Fahrenheit and 25,000 degrees Celsius, which is hot enough to not only cut through the metal but also melt away any slag. The result is a precise, clean cut.

The Best CNC Plasma Cutter for Structural Steel and Plate Fabrication

When structural steel fabricators need a powerful and reliable CNC plasma cutting machine to boost operations at their company, they choose BeamCut. This remarkable CNC plasma cutting technology is equipped with state-of-the-art features to curb wasted materials, lower operating costs, and speed up production. These features include:

Advanced CNC Controls

BeamCut’s CNC software comes loaded with a full library of common shapes and profiles, and it includes CAD for custom fabrications. The user-friendly system allows the operator to manually calibrate cutting tolerances, nest parts, and track robotic cutting paths before the work begins, preventing potential cutting errors.

X-Definition Plasma

BeamCut comes equipped with Hypertherm’s legendary X-Definition plasma, one of the most powerful of its kind.

FANUC Robotics

BeamCut’s six-axis, 360-degree beveling robotic arm from the automation leaders at FANUC can process nearly any profile required by the design. It is also three time stronger and lasts three times longer than the industry standard.

Learn More About This Remarkable CNC Plasma Cutting Technology

To learn more about BeamCut and how this state-of-the-art CNC plasma cutting solution for structural steel and plate fabrication can take your business to the next level of success, contact us today. When you do, be sure to ask about the free and unlimited lifetime support that we’ll include with your purchase.