What is a Plasma Cutter?
Plasma cutters can be found in all shapes and sizes. Today, it is not uncommon to find huge plasma cutters that work through robotic arms in order to make precise cuts and incisions to very compact, hand-held plasma cutters found in many handyman shops. Regardless of how big or complicated they are, all plasma cutters function on the same principle, and they are all basically constructed around the same design.
The term “plasma cutter” is actually a broad term. These machines are composed of several individual components. The design and material-quality of each component factors into price, with higher quality components costing more. This does not mean that low-priced cutters are undesirable, especially for hobbyists and such, but it does mean that higher priced cutters will often be able to perform more heavy-duty tasks than lower priced ones and often come with more features.
The Major Components of a Plasma Cutter
Power Source and Power Cable
Hand Held Torch with Cable
Work Clamp with Cable
Consumables including Tips and Electrodes
What Are Plasma Cutters Used For?
Hobbyists and artists use them to cut out different shapes and designs of metal that are then combined to create artwork. Auto repair shops, salvage yards, and construction sites often used plasma cutters to rough cut sheets of metal. Depending on the user’s skill, and the specific cutter tip being used, very fine and precise cuts can be made.