Laser Oxy & Plasma Profile Cutting machine operators use CAD / CAM drawing applications and CNC controlled cutting machines to profile cut steel plate to your specifications. There are three 3m x 9m cutting tables cutting 3-300mm plate. All profile cut jobs are cleaned prior to delivery and ready for assembling or machining. CAD drawings can be provided electronically in DXF and DWG format or CAD programmers will create a CAD file from your drawing or sample.
Steel plate thickness and grades, including 250, 350, Dura, Boiler Plate, is normally in stock and jobs are typically turned around in under 3 days. Click for more information on Profile Cutting
There are various types of Profile Cutting machines, each with their own pros and cons. Most common types include:
Oxy Profile Cutting
Oxy profile cutting is a low cost method of cutting two dimensional profiles from steel sheet and plate using a CNC controlled cutting machine. An Oxy Acetylene flame is used to profile cut the metal and is best used where heat is not of concern and for thicker plate up to 300mm.
DIECUT de-slags all Oxy profile cut jobs to ensure a clean tidy cut ready for further processing or welding.
Plasma Profile Cutting
Plasma is a cutting process commonly used for profile cutting of stainless steel plates and is also suitable for various grades of carbon steel. Plasma puts less heat stress in the material resulting in less distortion. Plasma also holds some advantages over laser cutting in that thicker stainless steel can be cut than can be accomplished using laser profile cutting.
Plasma profile cutters work by sending a pressurized gas, such as nitrogen, argon, or oxygen, through a small channel, which is then electrically charge to form a plasma arc. It is this Plasma arc that cuts the metal.
DIECUT de-slags (cleans) all Plasma profile cut jobs ready for the next stage of manufacturing.
Laser Profile Cutting
The most common type of laser profile cutter available in industry today is the CO2 laser. CO2 laser cutting offers advantages over other types of lasers for cutting, including cost, efficiency and power. CO2 laser profile cutting has become the industry standard for laser cutting.
Laser cutting with a CO2 lasers finish is excellent in comparison to processes such as oxy or plasma and for most applications only minimal post finishing is required. Heat distortion is very minimal, which makes Laser profile cutting suitable for thinner materials (typically laser is used for steel plate up to 25mm and quite often to a maximum of 12mm)
Water Jet Profile Cutting
Waterjet profile cutting is a cutting process which uses a fine jet of water at very high pressure to cut a wide range of materials. Water is pumped through a fine nozzle at 20,000psi or more which is then able to very cleanly cut most materials without putting any heat into the material. As the cutting forces are very low, very soft materials like rubber are able to be cut without distortion of the part. A waterjet cut usually has a superior surface finish to other cutting methods. Often fine abrasives are included in the water to assist with the surface finish.
Waterjet profile cutting can cut a wide variety of materials such as steel, titanium, brass, granite, stone, ceramic, glass, rubber, fabric, wood, plastic, foods and is capable of cutting thicknesses from very thin plastic right up to steel plates more than a hundred millimeters thick. Water jet profile cutting is particularly useful when cutting thick aluminium or stainless steel plates which are not possible to cut using lasers.