How To Use A Plasma Cutter

Do you have metal or other materials that need cutting and need to learn how to use a plasma cutter? If so, you have come to the right place. During the course of this article you will learn what a plasma cutter is and how it works. First of all, a plasma cutter is used to cut materials such as metal and steel of various  thickness. A plasma cutter is great for cutting because it leaves a clean, non-sharp cut. If you have metal or steel that needs cutting, read on to learn how to use a plasma cutter.

  1. You will need protective gear during the cutting. Glasses, goggles or a face shield must be worn when using plasma cutters. This protects the face and eyes from debris and prevents damage to the eyes, a condition which in this case is called arc eye. Arc eye creates a feeling of grit in the eye and can become painful. It is occurs when protective eye wear is not worn.
  2. Next, it is time to start the arc. Some arc machines may be started by putting the metal or steel you will be working with in place. Others will use high voltage switches to start. Determine what type of plasma cutter you are using before you begin.
  3. By now you have determined the cut. After you have started the arc it is time to cut. If you are able, draw a line for the cut. This will help you to cut the line in the direction you want. Follow the line with the arc. Once finished, turn off the plasma cutter and remove your protective gear. You should have a clean, neat cut.