There are many types of plasma cutters in the market. The CNC or Computer Numerical Control plasma cutters are probably the most expensive ones available. If you plan to buy a CNC plasma cutting table / system for your business, then you must know how to operate it.
What is a CNC Plasma Cutting System?
CNC plasma cutters are capable of cutting thick sheets of metal just like any other plasma cutters. The difference is that CNC plasma cutters are computer controlled and are given cutting instructions through a computer. Since the cutting process is computer controlled, it is more precise and fine, which is why CNC plasma cutters are widely used in industries such as manufacturing, fabricating and production.
Some Prerequisites for Using a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine
CNC plasma cutting systems need a bit of attention in the initial period and you need to make sure that everything is ready before the operation goes live. A few things that you must check:
Check the power requirements. Also, ensure that the plasma cutter is connected to the UPS so that in the case of a power outage, the cutting can go on uninterrupted. If the cutting stops midway, it may result in imperfect cuts.
Ensure that the workpiece is fixed firmly to the cutting table. If not, the workpiece may move away when you start the cutting process, which may result in haphazard cutting.
Keep a safe distance from the machine when it is in operation. During the process of cutting, molten metal is blown from the workpiece and you may get hurt by the flying shards and debris that are produced. Also, the fumes produced during the cutting process can be harmful to health.
How to Use a CNC Plasma Cutting Machine?
When you buy a CNC plasma cutting system, plasma cutting software is provided along with the machine. The software must be installed and then you must familiarize yourself with the working of the plasma cutting machine. You may require a short training of how to program and operate the plasma cutter. Before you actually begin cutting, it is a good idea for you to cut some trial pieces.
Plan your cutting process by programming all the details such as the dimensions, measurements and X, Y, and Z axis coordinates into the computer before you begin cutting.
In case you do not want the plasma torch to move, you can fix it at one point and then move the workpiece on the table using your hand.
Before you start using your CNC plasma cutting machine, you must read the instructions manual of the machine carefully. This will familiarize you will all the features of the cutting machine. Follow all the do’s and dont’s, take adequate precautions and follow the safety instructions when cutting. Now you are all set to create some masterpieces on your CNC plasma cutter!