Plasma Cutting Service

Plasma Cutting Services

Sheet metal prototypes and low-volume production parts shipped in as fast as 2 days

Overview: How Plasma Cutting works?

The Basics Of Plasma Cutting

Plasma Cutting In Progress

Plasma cutting is a process in which an accelerated jet of hot plasma cuts through electrically conductive materials. The typical materials cut by this process include steel, aluminum, brass and copper, although other conductive metals can also be cut using this process.

Plasma cutting is the fastest and most economical way to cut thick ferrous and non-ferrous metal sheets (over 0.75 inches). For thin (less than 0.75 inches) metals, non-conductive materials and parts with intricate cuts made using laser cutting would be the best choice.

Benefits of Plasma Cutting With FacFox

Our state-of-the-art CNC plasma cutter is equipped with a smaller nozzle and a thinner plasma arc than is typically found in such cutters. We are capable of providing near-laser precision on plasma-cut edges for materials that are up to 6 inches thick. Our plasma cutting device includes a precision CNC station and 24 automatic tool changer, so we can guarantee the fabrication quality of the products, which require little or no finishing.

Features of Plasma Cutting

Advantages

Fast Turnaround
Combining the latest cutting, bending and punching with automated technologies, FacFox provides quick quotes and completed parts in as fast as 4 business days.
Durability
Sheet metal processes produce highly durable parts well-suited for both functional prototypes and end-use production.
Wide Range of Materials
Choose from a variety of sheet metals across a wide range of strength, conductivity, weight, and corrosion-resistance.
Scalable Volume
All sheet metal parts are built on-demand and with lower setup costs compared to CNC Machining. Depending on your needs, order as little as a single prototype up to 10,000 production parts.
Custom Surface Finishes
Select from a variety of finishes, including anodizing, plating, powder coating, and painting.
Cost Saving
Low investment in tooling and preparation costs, economical for metal sheet parts like bracket, chasis.

Drawbacks

Structure Limits
Interlocking and hollowed structure is difficult to be achieved

Plasma Cutting Processes

2D plasma cutting

Producing flat profiles, where the cut edges are at 90 degrees to the material surface. High powered cnc plasma cutting beds are configured in this way, able to cut profiles from metal plate up to 150 mm thick.

3D plasma cutting

The angular cutting capability of 3-dimensional plasma cutting can also be used to create countersunk holes and chamfer edges of profiled holes.

Tube and section plasma cutting

The plasma cutting head usually remains stationary whilst the workpiece is fed through, and rotated around its longitudinal axis.

Available Materials

Aluminum 5052
Copper T1/T2/C110
Brass H59/H65
Stainless Steel 303/304/316
Zinc plated steel
Cold rolled steel
Hot rolled steel

Available Finishes

The finish option with the quickest turnaround.

Parts are left with visible tool marks and potentially sharp edges and burrs, which can be removed upon request. Surface finish is comparable to 125 uin Ra finish.

Abrasive blasting, more commonly known as sandblasting, is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface or remove surface contaminants.

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, also can be anodized.

Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. The main difference between a conventional liquid paint and a powder coating is that the powder coating does not require a solvent to keep the binder and filler parts in coating and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow and form a “skin”. The powder may be a thermoplastic or a thermoset polymer. It is usually used to create a hard finish that is tougher than conventional paint. Powder coating is mainly used for coating of metals, such as household appliances, aluminium extrusionsdrum hardware and automobile and bicycle parts.

  • Electroplating
  • Don’t see the finish you need? Submit an RFQ with ‘Suggest’ option, we’ll look into a finishing process for you.

Plasma Cutting Applications

Sheet Metal Prototypes

Whether you need a bracket, chassis, enclosure, or any other complex sheet metal design, we’ll ship 1 to 50+ prototypes in as fast as 4 days.

Sheet Metal Products

Get the same great service of our prototyping shop higher volumes. Our low-volume production facility can produce up to 50 to 1,000+ sheet metal parts in as fast as 10 days.

Multipart Assemblies

We provide a partial or complete prototype assembly in 2 to 3 weeks. We help coordinate the procurement of your custom and catalog parts to build your electro-mechanical assembly fast.

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Industries with Plasma Cutting

Aerospace
Automotive
Consumer Goods
Electronics
Art & Creative
Architechture

 

Resources for Plasma Cutting

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