Features per technique
The heat is generated by a flame of oxygen and a fuel gas, such as acetylene or propane.
- This is the oldest method around, which can only be used to cut 5 mm to 300 mm steel, i.e. it is not suited for cutting stainless steel components.
- Still a good choice for cut thicknesses over 40 millimetres.
The heat is generated by a gas in plasma condition, similar to a lightning strike.
- Is used for cutting of metal of 0.5 to 150 millimetres.
- All electrically conductive materials can be cut.
- Thanks to the high cutting speed the productivity of the machine is very high.
Water jet cutting
The material is being cut by the thin water jet.
- Can be used for all materials.
- The angle of inclination is smaller than in case of plasma cutting but larger than in case of laser cutting.
- It is a very slow process and therefore only economically interesting after laser cutting and plasma cutting.
- Disadvantage for rusting metals is that the material must be dried before it can be stacked.
The source of heat is concentrated light.
- Can be used for steel to 30 mm cut thickness.
- Especially efficient at cut thicknesses under 5mm. Over 5mm they are easily overtaken by plasma cutting.
Fine plasma cutting
This quality of this method is very close to laser cutting.
- Applicable for all conductive materials: steel, stainless steel, aluminium,…