Prior to choosing a CNC Plasma Cutter that suits your needs, there are several factors to consider. This will help you choose the most appropriate plasma cutter for your shop. Here are a few points to help you choose the best CNC plasma cutter.
Size and Thickness of Plates
Since Plasma Cutter CNC models are designed to cut a specific range of various plate sizes, the first thing to decide when you buy one, is the maximum size of plates that you want cut. Along with the plate size, you should also decide on the maximum thickness of plates you need to cut, as some cutters have limits as to the thickness that they can cut cleanly.
A plasma cutting system cuts different materials at different rates and also sometimes with different gases. Make sure the CNC Plasma Cutter you choose can cut the type of materials you process.
Working area is another important consideration. A simple CNC Plasma Cutter has enough space for one plate at a time, suitable for low production shops. Bigger shops can enhance the cutter’s efficiency by choosing a bigger table that has space for more than one plate or two separate tables.
Next comes the process tools and this also will depend on the capacity of the plasma cutter model and the correct gases as well as the plasma torch consumables you need. Since the CNC cutters are controlled by computers, the right software is very important. Make sure there is software to operate it, without which the cutter is worthless. Software that is easy to use, even by the operator, increases efficiency tremendously.
There are a lot of optional features on a Plasma Cutter such as the plasma power supply, the software, oxy-fuel stations, dust collectors etc. Buy the ones that can render your shop as profitable as possible, with the cost and benefits in mind. Following these guidelines and you are sure to find the Best CNC Plasma Cutter for your shop.