Plasma and laser cutting tables are machines that easily manufacture high quality components designed by CAD/CAM systems using various metals and materials. If you are trying to determine which type of equipment is the best option for your cutting needs, some of the information provided below may help. At Boss Tables, we have you covered for industrial CNC plasma table options to help you produce consistently accurate and clean cuts.
The process of laser cutting utilizes a CO2 laser to cut various types of metals and materials. It is a highly flexible cutting option for shops and manufacturers. Laser cutters can cut metals, some plastics and fabrics, and even some types of wood. They cut with greater precision and accuracy than plasma cutters, although they may leave heat marring and scars in some instances. They are great for detailing work, including engraving and other decorative options.
On the other hand, laser table cutters are not good at cutting very reflective materials such as copper, since they reflect the laser light. They are also slower operating than plasma cutting tables for the majority of workshop applications. Laser cutters also cannot cut thick materials effectively, meaning materials with a thickness greater than a few millimeters.
Plasma table cutters are used extensively around the world and offer the best option for cutting conductive materials such as aluminum and stainless steel. An industrial CNC plasma table machine has a lower operating cost than a laser cutting table since it consumes less power. Plasma tables also produce faster, particularly with thicker materials. They are able to cut materials of multiple inch thickness efficiently, which laser cutters are not able to do.
On the other hand, plasma tables cut with less precision than laser cutting tables. However, this is usually not an issue for very low-tolerance applications. Some of the cuts produced by plasma cutters can produce dross and debris which attach to the bottom and sides of the cut, which may require some refinishing work. Plasma cutting tables can only cut conductive metals such as aluminum and steel.
A plasma table is ideal if components are to be produced from thick, highly conductive metals, and particularly for high-volume projects. When more precision and versatility of materials is an issue, a laser cutting table may be the better option.
Other factors may come into play when evaluating the best machine to choose and should be investigated before making a final decision.
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