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Company timeline



Hypertherm begins in a two-car garage in Hanover, NH

Water Injection Cutting, a process to radially inject water into the plasma nozzle for a faster, better cut, and less dross is invented.

1969 Hypertherm's very first plasma cutter, the PAC-400, is introduced.
1972 Hypertherm makes plasma cutting safer by developing a water muffler and water table to lessen the noise, smoke, and light that traditionally occur during the cutting process.
1973 The PAC-500, a 1,000 amp plasma system capable of cutting stainless steel up to 6 inches in thickness, is introduced. This product remains in the Hypertherm line for 30 years.
1975The company opens its first manufacturing facility across the street from the garage where it all began.
1977 Underwater cutting technology, which allows plasma cutting to take place under 2 to 3 inches of water, is developed.
1983 Hypertherm introduces Oxygen Injected Plasma Cutting, a technique that uses oxygen as the cutting gas and introduces water at the tip of the nozzle to solve the problem of rapidly deteriorating electrodes and oxidizing metal.
1985Hypertherm celebrates the sale of its 1,000th system and the launch of its first air plasma cutting system--the MAX40--which comes with a hand held torch.
1986 Hypertherm designs and patents an underwater water muffler that increases cut quality and speed during underwater cutting.

The MAX20/SA20 is introduced. This plasma cutting system adds contact start technology to eliminate high frequency starting.

Global expansion begins with the forming of Hypertherm's first subsidiary, Hypertherm Plasmatechnik GmbH in Maintal, Germany.

1990Another first for the plasma cutting industry is introduced as Hypertherm develops a plasma system that can cut up to 4 1/2 inches of metal under 15 feet of water. This breakthrough helps the atomic power industry dismantle old power plants.
1992LongLife technology, for double the consumable life at half the cost, is introduced.
Hypertherm receives coveted ISO 9001 certification.
1993Hypertherm introduces HyDefinition technology, a breakthrough that helps produce better quality cuts at faster speeds. At the same time, the company also comes out with a vented two-piece nozzle that stabilizes the plasma arc precisely in the center of the electrode. This consistency increases electrode and nozzle process life.
1997The first Windows-based CNC for oxyfuel and plasma cutting is introduced. This enables operators to use a common interface and add a new level of automation to the cutting process.

Co-axial assist jet technology is unveiled. This new technology directs the shield gas parallel to the plasma arc using a common axis leading to cut speed improvements of up to 50 percent, improved thick plate piercing capabilities, and dross-free cutting.

Hypertherm acquires the Centricut brand of consumables and controllers and establishes Hypertherm Automation.


Hypertherm becomes 30% Associate owned.

The Powermax1000 and Powermax1250 third generation air plasma systems are introduced. These two new systems incorporate innovative power-supply and torch technologies for dramatically improved performance.

Patented SilverLine and SilverPlus electrodes are made available. The electrodes use a silver tip to diffuse more heat during cutting, resulting in electrodes that last up to three times longer than standard electrodes.

2003HyPerformance plasma is unveiled. This new technology delivers the same virtually dross free cut quality as the HyDefinition line of cutters, but with greater speed and consumable life that is up to two times longer.

The Powermax30, a highly portable plasma cutting system weighing just 20 pounds but capable of severing metal up to a half inch thick, goes on sale.

Hypertherm receives the Corporate Spirit of Service award for its commitment to volunteer service.

2007Hyperhtherm opens the Hypertherm Technical Training Institute (HTTI) in partnership with the states of Vermont and New Hampshire, to address the need for skilled CNC machinists.

Hypertherm celebrates 40 years of plasma innovation with the introduction of the Powermax45, a small and versatile air plasma system capable of severing an inch of metal, and the industry's first 400 amp HyPerformance system—the HPR400XD.

ESSE A., an Italian manufacturer of laser cutting consumables, joins the Hypertherm family.


Hypertherm acquires MTC Software, developer of ProNest CAM nesting software.

Patented True Hole technology, part of Hypertherm's Built for Business Integrated Cutting Solutions, is introduced making it possible to cut bolt-ready holes without operator intervention.


Hypertherm introduces HyIntensity Fiber Laser, the first fiber laser system specifically optimized for cutting.

The industry's first 15 degree hand-held plasma torch is introduced for improved cutting in corners as well as better gouging.


Hypertherm's second Built for Business application is introduced. Rapid Part technology helps businesses increase through-put by reducing non-cutting (or cut-to-cut cycle) time.

The company reinforces its commitment to American manufacturing by breaking ground on a new $35 million dollar facility in nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire.


Hypertherm unveils True Bevel, new edge profiling technology designed to help fabricators and CNC table manufacturers achieve accurate bevel cuts more easily.

HDi (HyDefinition inox) technology is introduced to deliver industry leading cut performance on thin (less than ¼ inch thick) stainless steel.

2013Hypertherm acquires AccuStream, a manufacturer of waterjet pumps and components in Minnesota.
2014 Hypertherm expands its Employee Stock Ownership Plan to become a 100% Associate-owned company.