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. These 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’. 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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