Manipulating large pieces of metal to create customized finished products is often difficult and requires precision and planning. However, with precision and planning often comes spending a large chunk of time and money on a project.
Yet there are technological capabilities out there in the sheet metal fabrication world that allow companies to both quickly and accurately bring a project from idea to reality. One such capability is plasma cutting.
What is Plasma Cutting?
First it’s important to understand what exactly is plasma. Plasma is known as the “4th state” of matter. Normally, we recognize matter as being in three states: A solid, liquid, or gas. Plasma is the state above the gaseous state and requires an extremely high amount of energy to reach. When the plasma state is reached, that means matter has become ionized and the particles separate from each other. This separation generates a large amount of heat capable cutting through electrically conductive material such as steel, aluminum, brass and copper.
Why Sheet Metal Fabricators Use Plasma Cutting
Plasma cutting may be similar to the untrained eye to laser cutting, but the benefits are tenfold. At Holyoke MA-based sheet metal fabrication company R.R. LeDuc Corporation, the company uses both techniques, yet when precision and accuracy is called for, the plasma cutter is the weapon of choice. The high speed at which the machine works, along with the accurate cutting and a low operation cost means that the company’s customers will benefit from seeing a finished product sooner and won’t need to break the bank.
R.R. LeDuc Corporation’s spacious manufacturing facility includes state-of-the-art laser and plasma cutting systems. The Amada FO 3015NT 4000 Watt laser can cut through sheet metal anywhere from 0.010 to 0.750 inches thick, while the Komatsu Fine Plamsa G9120-II boasts a large cutting surface in order for plasma to accurately cut through up to 0.75 inches thick worth of steel.
Thinking about a project that might require precision cutting? Contact our company today for a free project estimate and we’ll help you through the entire design and build process.