Hole cutting

Many fabrication processes require the cutting of holes to bolt two or more pieces or parts together, so hole production is an important part of most cutting operations. Punching, drilling, plasma, waterjet, and laser are all used depending on need and equipment availability. Ideally, fabricators prefer to use a single process for hole cutting – waterjet for example – in order to reduce material handling time and minimize production footprint.

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Fortunately, today there are ways to nearly eliminate the taper, and the dings and divots, enabling the cutting of “bolt-ready” holes. If using plasma on a mechanized table, an operator can manually change the machine speeds and height control settings and modify the machine codes for a particular hole size, material thickness and power level. 

Owners of Hypertherm HyPerformance® HPRXD or XPR® mechanized systems can take advantage of our True Hole® technology, which embeds process expertise and parameters to cut perfect, bolt-ready holes without operator intervention.

Cutting holes by hand using a handheld plasma torch is also possible using tools like a circle cutting guide.

Examples of where hole cutting is used:

  • Cutting holes for bolting a cut piece to another plate or part

  • Cutting multiple holes in a large plate, pipe, or drum for hoses and wire to pass through

  • Fabricating holes for gauges on an instrument panel


How customers are using our solutions

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    운송 장비

    Hypertherm의 X-Definition 플라즈마 시스템과 함께 급성장하는 MASI

  • Improved productivity

    Improved productivity

    Vehicle manufacturer

    ENxin has significantly increased productivity due to faster cut speed and cutting bolt-holes and slots on the plasma machine, rather than as a secondary operation.

  • Metal fabrication

    Metal fabrication

    “Looking back it’s the best investment the company has ever made.” – R.M.P. Products Ltd.

  • Welding, machining and fabrication

    Welding, machining and fabrication

    “There is a subtle change visually, for those who notice differences in the holes. For example, 1/2" holes in 1/4" mild steel don’t look a lot different, but a bolt fits in them nicely and True Hole makes it automatic. I used to have to program bigger holes; .520 for 1/2", but ProNest takes the guesswork out of it.” - T & J Manufacturing

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