As a result, plasma cutters can only cut through conductive materials. In short – metals.
What Metals Can Be Cut With A Plasma Cutter?
The conductive metals that a plasma cutter can effectively handle are:
- Expanded steel.
- Carbon steel.
- Stainless steel.
- Mild steel.
- Other conductive metals.
Other metals can be cut using a plasma cutter if they have high electrical conductivity.
If in doubt, you should search online to see what tools professionals use when cutting through specific materials.
What Thicknesses Can Be Cut With A Plasma Cutter?
Plasma cutters are only suitable for working with sheet metals of a limited thickness.
The thinnest sheet metals a plasma cutter can cut are 1-2 millimeters in thickness. If you try to tackle a thinner sheet, you will have a hard time keeping the shape of the workpiece.
The thickest sheet metals a plasma cutter can cut are 1-2 inches in thickness. Sheet metals thicker than 2 inches will be difficult to get through and will create too many sparks to be safely cut.
What You Cannot Cut With A Plasma Cutter
In short, any material that does not conduct electricity cannot be cut with a plasma cutter.
There are also some metals that you cannot use a plasma cutter to cut. These metals are poor conductors of electricity, and therefore do not function well under a plasma cutter.
These metals include:
Several other metal alloys do not perform well as electrical conductors and therefore cannot be cut with a plasma cutter.
However, these alloys are usually exotic enough that you will not have cause to cut them in the first place.
We hope this guide has helped you discover what you can cut with a plasma cutter.
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