Plasma Cutting

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Description

Plasma Cutting

For all your sheet metal manufacturing needs, Aerospace offers on-demand, custom plasma cutting with cost-effective options that cover everything from low-volume to high-volume prototyping and production. Through Aerospace’s network of highly-skilled and carefully vetted manufacturing partners, we ensure that you get superior quality custom parts produced with plasma cutting in a matter of days instead of weeks.

Advantages

Advantages Of Plasma Cutting

High Durable Parts

Much like CNC machining, using waterjet cutting ensures top durability and high quality of end-use production and functional prototypes.

Quick turnaround

With the use of the latest technologies in waterjet cutting processes and production, Aerospace can deliver your parts within days from the time your order is placed.

Plenty Of Materials

Sheet metals have a wide range of options including
conductivity, weight, strength, as well as corrosion resistance.

Scalability Potential

With on-demand waterjet cutting processes that are more cost-effective than CNC machining, you can have runs ranging from 1-10,000 parts.

Finishes Are Customizable

Offered finishes include painting, powder coating, plating, and anodizing to cover all of your design needs.

Plasma Cutting Process

Multi-Axis CNC Milling

  • 3 Axis Machining
  • 4 Axis Machining
  • 5 Axis Machining
  • Right Angle Milling

 

CNC Lathe and Live

Available upon request for EDM parts that are complex and need high-precision
tolerances. 

Wire EDM

Action Tooling with Dual Spindle Lathes.

 

Materials

Plasma Cutting Materials

Aluminum is available in the Aluminum 5052 variety 

Steel avaialble in the following varieties:

  • Stainless Steel 301
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316/316L
  • Steel 1018

Copper avaialble in the following varieties:

 

  • Copper 101
  • Copper 260 (Brass)
  • Copper C110

finishes

Plasma Cutting Finishes

A finish with minimal post-processing.

Type II anodized finish is corrosion resistant and can have a variety of colors, while Type II anodized finish is also wear-resistant and thicker than Type I.

A strong finish resistant to corrosion and wear created by spraying powdered paint over the part and baking it in an oven.

A simple matte and smooth finish.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating) — a finish with corrosion resistance and good conductivity that can have a yellow or gold color and acts as a good base for paint.

A custom finish tailored exactly for your unique needs.

Applications For Plasma Cutting

Chassis

Production of chassis parts requires high precision in order for the dimensions to fit the standard, as most chassis are used for housing  electromechanical controls.

Brackets

Custom brackets that can have fasteners and hardware fully built in are suitable for both high corrosion-resistance parts as well as lightweight applications.

Enclosures

Consoles, consolets, rackmounts, and other types of enclosures are usually used as product device cases, boxes, and panels, and can be produced with sheet metal in a cost-effective way.

overview

Plasma Cutting Overview

With plasma cutting, the processing machine uses a jet of hot plasma, which is powerful enough to cut through electrically conductive gauge material of up to 6’’ in thickness, making plasma cutters more effective for this use than highly powered CNC laser cutters.

Plasma cutters lack their precision, however, which makes them ideal for cutting large sheet metal parts. They hold the key to the fastest cutting of thicker materials, and they are also the most cost-efficient option for this type of use.

Two main types of plasma cutters are:

2-Axis — conventional plasma cutter type which produces flat profiles with straight edges, ideal for large pieces of thick materials.

3-Axis — slightly more versatile plasma cutter with the ability to cut edges at an angle, which makes it the most cost-effective option for cutting countersunk holes, chamfers, or angled edges.

Industries that use Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting is frequently used for industrial applications in automotive manufacturing, aerospace and defense, robotics, energy, and industrial machinery.

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