Laser Cutting vs Plasma Cutting

by Jul 8, 2019Services

Short Iron Store provides laser cutting and plasma cutting services for commercial and industrial projects. We have the ability to cut metal with extreme speed and precision with our CNC cutting machine. We do all our work in-house to ensure that our high standards of quality are met. No project is too large or too small for our talented team, and we’re always available to answer questions and make product recommendations.

When it’s time to cut and shape your metal, there are several options. Laser cutting and plasma cutting are two of the most popular. Which one should you choose? That depends on the thickness of the metal you’re using, the intricacy of the work required, and the budget you’re working with. Here is some information about both methods to help you decide which one best suits your needs.

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a very versatile solution. We use a computer-guided laser cutting machine that directs a high-powered laser through optics to cut, engrave, trim, and bore through a wide variety of metals. Our team commonly works with all types of steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and metal alloys.

Lasers can produce very precise results, so laser cutting is sought after whenever detailed metalwork or engraving is required. It is good for fast sheet metal applications when you need many parts duplicated before a deadline.

Here are some of the benefits of using laser cutting:

  • Extreme Precision
  • CAD and CAM Integration
  • High Tolerance
  • Minimal Metal Distortion
  • Fast Turnaround
  • High Scalability
  • Durable Parts Replication
  • Intricate Cutting Ability
  • Consumes Less Energy than Plasma

Plasma Cutting

Plasma cutting works by directing a stream of compressed air and inert gases through a tiny nozzle at high speeds. This concentrates the stream into a fine point of pressurized, conductive ionized gas, also known as plasma.

Plasma is a powerful cutting tool suitable for thick metals and metals with a reflective surface that cannot be cut with a laser. Plasma cutters have a smaller kerf compared to laser cutters, meaning less metal is wasted during profiling. At Short Iron Store, we use a CNC plasma cutting machine to complete your project with speed, accuracy, and affordability.

Here are some of the benefits of using plasma cutting:

  • Smaller Kerf
  • CAD and CAM Integration
  • Can Handle Thicker Metals
  • Custom or Reflective Finishes
  • Durable Parts Replication
  • Affordability
  • Reduced Lead Times

Which Solution Should You Choose?

If you have thick sheet or plate metal, plasma cutting might be the best solution for your project. If you’re using a thinner metal and need extremely precise cuts, laser cutting could provide the results you’re looking for. Whichever method you choose, Short Iron Store can get the job done. We’re also happy to recommend the best cutting methods for your project.

Call Short Iron Store for Your Metal Cutting Services

We are a metal supplier, fabricator, and custom design company just minutes north of downtown Fort Worth. We proudly serve the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and surrounding areas. Short Iron Store offers a vast selection of metals including specialty alloys. If we don’t have it, we can special order it for you!

Our customers include welders, manufacturers, DIY enthusiasts, fabricators, auto parts makers, general contractors, and home builders.

Call us today or swing by our shop. Whether you’re looking for a particular metal for your fabrication project or an ornamental piece to display in your home, we’ve got you covered! We hope you’ll become one of our many happy customers and come back to us whenever you need metal supplies and services. We look forward to working with you!