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CUT-50 Plasma cutter

Introduction

CUT-50 Plasma Cutter

The CUT-50 Plasma cutter is a tool that can cut sheet metals using a jet of super-heated plasma in a way similar to a laser-cutter cuts through plastics. Using an electrical supply similar to a welder and a jet of high pressure air supplied by the compressor it melts a thin channel through the metal and sprays the molten metal out the far side of the sheet. Although this tool uses a technology similar to a welder it produces a much smaller heated zone and far less UV light so while it is still a tool that requires skill and knowledge to use safely, induction is recommended but not required. It's normally in the metalworking desk in drawer B3B, with the spares in a small tray in the same drawer. The CUT-50 Plasma cutter is a 50A plasma metal cutting system that can cut steel up to 6mm thick. It can cut aluminium, brass, and stainless steel as well but additional safety equipment is needed.

Current Status

Date Status Comment
15th August 2021 Mostly Functional Duty cycle limits imposed by power connection

40A @ 25%

30A @ 50%

25A @ 100%

Planned Upgrades

Parts and upgrades that are planned/Budgeted/Purchased for in the near future

  • None planned

Plasma Cutter Caretakers

Inductions

Usage requires use of Air compressor.

The following people are able to provide inductions on the Plasma Cutter

Name/Contact Notes
Steve-R

Maintainers

These are the people who look after and repair the plasma cutter, they're the ones to contact if there's any problems with it

Name Notes
Steve-R

Recent Changes

If you make any non-trivial changes to plasma cutter or perform maintenance please note it here, delete records older than 1 yr

  • Remove 16-to-13A adopter as we have 16A sockets readily available now Stever (talk) 11:45, 25 June 2021 (BST)
  • Change air fitting to work with new fittings on compressor Stever (talk) 16:51, 16 November 2020 (UTC)