Advantages of 3D cutting

Whether you are cutting structural steel shapes for a building, stadium, or bridge, or cutting a dome, or pipe for a pressure vessel, Hypertherm 3D technologies provide the latest cutting capabilities to support your 3D project.

3D cutting systems are designed to cut various shapes using a computer-controlled robotic torch or cutting head. Common metal parts cut with 3D applications include structural steel shapes, pipes, tubes and domes. Traditionally, to saw, mark, cope, drill, punch and/or shear a 3D shape, multiple machines were needed. However, advances in automated 3D cutting technology have helped customers dramatically increase productivity by eliminating these manual operations, increasing cut speeds and improving system run time.

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Many robotic pipe and structural steel plasma cutting applications require greater reach and control into tighter cut spaces that longer torches cannot reach. 3D robotic movements can add additional stress to lead sets from an increase in bending and flexing that is not seen with traditional 2D cutting. Hypertherm has developed specific lead sets and torches for its XPR™, HyPerformance®, and Powermax® plasma systems that allow greater flexibility and protection from extreme heat and molten splash. Various structural steel cutting techniques allow cutting from underneath the structural piece or directly on the inside of the web/flange corner of a beam increasing lead proximity and exposure to heat and molten metal blowback.

3D software programming developments, such as Hypertherm’s Robotmaster® CAD/CAM for 3D, have significantly reduced the time taken to program 3D jobs. What used to take weeks now takes minutes, making today's robots and 3D cutting systems incredibly efficient.

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