What is a plasma cutter used for? It’s a question we sometimes get from people who aren’t familiar with the plasma cutting process. If you’re wondering what is a plasma cutter used for, then read on. As you’ll see, plasma cutters are incredibly versatile fabricating and metalworking tools that do more than just cut metal.


Bevel cutting

Bevel cutting

Bevel cutting is the process of cutting a part with an edge that is not perpendicular to the top of the piece. This is done to increase the surface area of the edge for a stronger, more secure weld.

Extended reach cutting

Extended reach cutting and gouging

Hypertherm’s HyAccess extended reach consumables give users extra reach when plasma cutting or gouging in hard to access or confined spaces, and are designed for use with Powermax air plasma systems.

Fine feature cutting


When cutting parts with very fine details or intricate shapes, you need processes capable of producing very thin kerfs.

Flush cutting


The new Powermax® flush cutting process lets you cut closer to base materials than ever before, reducing costly, time consuming secondary operations.


Ship gouging

Plasma gouging – removing metal using a plasma arc – is similar to plasma cutting. A plasma arc between the torch and the workpiece melts the metal, and a gas jet blows away the molten material.

Hole cutting

Hole cutting

Many jobs require the addition of holes to bolt two or more pieces or parts together, so hole production is an important part of most cutting operations.



Marking is routinely used by fabricators and manufacturers to etch numbers or letters into a part, indicate where a hole should go, highlight a weld location, and other operations.


Metal scrapping

Salvaging scrap metal from old appliances, industrial equipment, cars, and other items is an important part of the lifecycle of raw materials. It minimizes waste, maximizes the value of manufactured goods, and significantly reduces environmental impact.

3D cutting

3D cutting with Hypertherm

3D cutting systems let you cut any workpiece, including structural steel shapes, pipes, tubes, and domes. Advances in automated 3D cutting technology have helped customers dramatically increase productivity, increasing cut speeds and improving system run time.