When it comes to metal fabrication, there are numerous types of metals you can work with to create the final desired product. This means that you are supposed to know an array of metal cutting techniques to enable you to cut the metals you work on in your workshop. If you only know of one or two cutting techniques, then you will be pleased to know that there are other efficient and faster techniques. The particular method you end up choosing to do your work depends on several factors such as specific metal, the degree of precision required and the purpose of the final fabricated work. The following are examples of metal cutting techniques you can learn and employ in your future metalwork projects.
The water jet technique is best used with metals that react violently to extreme temperature or heat change. This method does not require heat to cut the metal. The technology uses a mixture of water and a particular abrasive compound or just plain water, which is then directed to the metal and released as a stream. The steam is released at high concentration jets that cut the metal according to the desired design.
A lathe is a favourite metal cutting tool used by most metal fabricators due to its high precision. It is used to achieve high-quality work by producing the metal's perfect desired shape. This technique requires a cutting device that is placed on a hastily revolving piece of metal to cut the metal according to the outlined design.
A grinder or grinding machine is used in metal cutting projects that require a highly smooth finish. It is used in numerous construction and home development projects. This technique entails the use of a rotating abrasive blade that applies the effects of friction to smoothen the metal surfaces.
Plasma and Flame
The plasma and flame method employs an identical process as the water jet technique, but it uses flammable gas instead of a stream to cut the metal. The flammable gas is passed through a specialised torch where a hot and intense flame is created. The flame can cut through the metal by melting it, and it follows the outlined design to create the desired shape. Many metal fabricators prefer it because of its excellent precision and high work output.
The punch technique uses sharpened blades that forcefully cut the metal into the final shape desired. The blades work by applying tremendous amounts of pressure on them during the cutting process. This technique is highly mechanised because of the extreme pressure required to cut robust pieces of metal. The device's high work output makes it popular in metal industries and workshops.