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

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