What’s the best value when it comes to choosing a cutting machine and process? This might be one of the most common questions customers want to know, and the truth is there isn’t a simple answer. What makes one cutting process and machine more valuable than another depends on a range of factors, and in the end, it’s about figuring out what’s the best value for your particular situation.
Having said that, there is a strong argument to be made that plasma cutting is often a better value than laser cutting and waterjet cutting in many situations. Here are 3 ways plasma cutting can be the best value of the bunch.
- Lower initial investment — A quality CNC plasma cutting machine is often far less expensive than waterjet machines or laser cutting machines. While some plasma cutting tables run as high as $100,000, you can get a great machine for a fraction of that price these days, starting as low as $6395 for the Blaze HD plasma cutting table. Waterjet machines require much more expensive components and can cost up to $350,000. Laser machines are often most expensive, with new machines ranging from $350,000 to over $1,000,000.
- Lower operating costs — Plasma cutting tables are much less expensive to operate than laser or waterjet machines. Considering power usage, routine maintenance, and other factors, plasma operating costs are about half that of waterjet and ¾ that of laser.
- Faster production — Production rate is another important element of value, and while there are a number of factors that influence production speed, plasma is often the fastest. A plasma machine can cut various materials at a range from 60 to 200 inches per minute. Laser is slower on most thicknesses, ranging from 20 to 70 inches per minute, and waterjet is far slower, ranging from 15 inches per minute and below.
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