Plasma cutting is a thermal fusion cutting process that is frequently used to cut steel, stainless steel and aluminium. Compared to a laser, plasma cutting offers lower cut quality and higher energy consumption alongside increased dust creation and noise emissions. Plasma cutting is however the technology of choice for cutting any electrically conductive material. This is thanks to its flexibility in this process.
However, compared to mechanical chip removal cutting processes, laser cutting technology often has advantages over the material.Contactless processing, reduced setup costs, lower contamination and flexibility for processing are just a few of the benefits.
The ideal cutting method varies between materials and applications, as every processing method has advantages.