X-Y-Z cutting and gouging
X-Y-Z cutting and gouging, often called X-Y cutting, is the use of a table equipped with a computer numeric control (CNC) for rapid and precise cutting of flat plate. The CNC moves the torch along the X and Y axes, while a height control regulates the Z, or up and down motion, keeping the torch at an optimum distance from the plate.
Tables are available in a wide range of sizes and prices.
- The smallest use a standard personal computer as the CNC and can be as small as 2’ by 2’. How to choose a small plasma table
- Larger industrial tables can be as long as 100’ and often have multiple torches mounted on one or more gantries for mass production and fabrication.
Typical uses include:
- Plate cutting
- Precision cutting of metal, stone, foam
- Cutting of parts in large quantities
Process technologies used:
- Plasma cutting
- Laser cutting
- Waterjet cutting
- Oxyfuel cutting