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How to select the best method for cutting steel [Infographic]

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There are multiple ways to cut steel and multiple technologies and processes to coincide with them. Determining the most appropriate method to a set type of steel can be difficult.
Some methods are fast, some take time. Some are designed for thick steel; some can cut razor-thin steel with the perfect precision. The following guidelines will assist in determining the best method for the most accurate and desirable cut.

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How to select the best method for cutting steel [Infographic]

  1. 1. HOW TO SELECT THE BEST METHOD FOR CUTTING STEEL WWW.SHAPECUT.COM.AU 1800 ShapeCUT (1800 742 732) ShapeCUT has been offering quality steel cutting in Brisbane for over 20 years. A historical track record of quality products is important to us, as is the latest news and information in steel cutting. Call ShapeCUT for all your steel cutting needs in Brisbane. http://www.shapecut.com.au/blog/how-to-select-the-best-method-for-cutting-steel/ August 2017 ShapeCUT HOW TO SELECT THE BEST METHOD FOR CUTTING STEEL ANALYSE THE THICKNESS OF THE STEEL Plasma cutting is usually the most accurate method for steel fabrication. If heat is not desired (used with oxyfuel, plasma and laser) the waterjet method is an ideal option. There are multiple ways to cut steel and determining the most appropriate method to a set type of steel can be difficult. Some are designed for thick steel; some can cut razor-thin steel with the perfect precision. S T E P O N E DETERMINE THE DESIRED EDGE QUALITY AND ACCURACY S T E P T W O COST ANALYSIS S T E P T H R E E Waterjet steel cutting is often the most expensive form of steel cutting. Oxyfuel is usually the most cost-effective. Using multiple plasma torches (common in laser or plasma cutting) can cost more, whereas waterjet cutting can run multiple nozzles from one intensifier pump, which allows the quote is finalised prior to starting the job. Laser cutting is perfect for steel that is thinner than 0.080” Laser or plasma cutting is suitable for steel thinner than 0.125” Laser, plasma or waterjet methods will suit steel that is thinner than 0.250” Oxyfuel will cut anything over 8” with perfect precision Oxyfuel or waterjet cutting is adequate for steel thicker than 2” MULTI PROCESS METHODS O T H E R O P T I O N S Some complex steel cuts require multi-process methods of cutting. Plasma and waterjet cutting are often used together as are waterjet steel cutting coinciding with oxyfuel cutting. Multi-process cutting allows for accurate and slower precision for intricate contours and can achieve a quick, cost effective, and productive result.

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