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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A CNC PLASMA MACHINE
Well you can do just about anything you can imagine! Well within reason. You need to make sure what your cutting is electrically conductive ie - Steel, Aluminum, Stainless steel, Titanium, Copper ect. If its one of those you can cut it with the plasma machine.
In most cases you are going to be limited to 2D or flat cutting unless you have a high end machine with bevel capabilities or you have a rotational axis ie tube cutting accessory.
After those little details if you can draw it or have it drawn for you usually your only limited by your skills or abilities. There is a learning curve involved and getting to know your machines capabilities and how to use your software. When I say machine capabilities what I’m talking about is plasma cutting has limitation on how small you can cut. For example you are limited to the amount of detail you can fit in a space. Your not going to fit the 10 commandments in a 3x3 inch space. As you begin do design and experiment with your plasma machine and table you will learn the limitation of both.
What you cut can be broken up into two broad categories: Parts and Art.
Parts tend to be things that will be welded, bent, formed, drilled, tapped, or processed as part of an assembly or attachment to something else. Examples include: brackets, tabs, braces, engine components or suspension components ect.
Art is about everything else. It can be signs, pictures, abstract metal forms and host of other things that you want to call “ART” you can also combine these two categories to make things like benches, chairs or even a door for a jeep.
Below are some examples of items that we have created with our machine in the past.
This is a 14g steel painted multi layer flag that is 8ft wide and was done for a local police department. This was cut with a Hypertherm Powermax65
These are ½ steel plate engine components that we cut on a regular basis for a customer.
½ steel plate lifting eye. This is used as part of our modified engine hoist for lifting plate in the shop.
Even without a tube cutting machine with careful planning you can cut and process tube components and get excellent results.
Badge replicas are one of our specialties. This is cut from 14g steel and is multi-layer with a copper and painted finish using Copper F/X from Steel F/X
From custom signs for business to custom business card holders you can create almost anything.
Parts for precision measurement during tube bending. A little cutting, taping and welding and you have a finished part.
Adding unique paint and texture finishes can turn ordinary cut steel into something that you would never guess was steel.
Shooting Targets? Yep you can do that. Using AR500 steel you can create custom shooting targets and as far as plasma is concerned it does not know the difference between armor plate and regular mild steel. Worried about HAZ? Watch This