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Ten Tips for Improving Plasma Cutting Quality

Plasma cutters are so easy to use that it’s tempting to take your new plasma cutter out of the box and go to work. However, there are a few practices that can increase your efficiency, improve your cut quality and prolong the life of your equipment.

Fig. 2aMaintain a 1/16- to 1/8-in. standoff to increase the longevity of your consumables, produce a cleaner cut and maximize your machine’s cutting capacity.
Fig. 2b Using your non-cutting hand as a brace helps to maintain standoff and provide a cleaner cut.
Fig. 3If you’re maintaining the proper travel speed, the sparks will exit the workpiece at a 15- to 20-degree angle.
Fig. 4–A straight guide used with a straight edge.
Fig. 5A circle-cutting guide helps with clean, repeatable circular cuts.

When using your plasma cutter, keep the preceding tips in mind. It will help you optimize your plasma cutting for better fit-up, increased productivity and lower operating costs. Visit for more plasma cutting resources, including videos and how-to articles.



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