The difference between plasma cutting and laser

The difference between plasma cutting and laser

The efficiency of the metal sheet cutting process and the productivity of manufacturing parts is determined by the choice of technological method. Since using the laser or plasma flow performs the same tasks, it could be considered that the technologies are completely interchangeable. But what is the difference between plasma cutting and laser cutting, because both allow you to perform the most complex tasks of processing metal sheets?


Plasma cutting or laser: what is better and more effective.

Laser metal cutting is performed with a focused laser beam. This method has two ways to accomplish the task. Thus, if a continuous mode of action is used, the surface of the processed material is heated by a laser beam to the melting temperature. Then the melt obtained by this method is removed by means of a gas jet, which is supplied under high pressure.

If the sublimation method of laser cutting is used, the final result is achieved due to the fact that the material in the cutting zone is affected by a laser pulse and under its influence the metal evaporates.

In the company TiSO (Kiev, Ukraine) you can order cutting of alloy, structural, galvanized steel, as well as aluminum, brass and copper. The maximum size of the metal sheet – 1500*3000 mm.

The principle of operation of the plasma cutting of the metal is the thermal effect on the workpiece by means of a compressed plasma arc. The metal sheet is cut by plasma, at the same time, the temperature can reach 30 thousand degrees. Choosing plasma cutting services in Kiev, keep in mind that this technology involves restrictions on the minimum size of the hole.

In addition, the consequence of thermal firing of the metal edge is the appearance of scale: the quality of manufactured products is reduced. It is then removed, but it requires additional operating costs, and this is also the difference from the laser plasma cutting.


What are the advantages of both technologies?

Available plasma and laser cutting – the difference and some features determine the choice in favor of a particular technology.

So, when drawings of parts that need to be made of metal with a thickness of more than 6 mm come into play, there are more preferences for plasma cutting. In this case, the energy costs are higher and this affects the cost of plasma cutting.

Sheets with a thickness of 20 to 40 mm are rarely treated with a laser beam, and if the sheet is thicker than 40 mm, the laser treatment is not used – it is not effective.

The quality of parts that are made of thin sheet metal by laser cutting is excellent, because the emphasis is on maximum processing accuracy. The most expedient application of laser technology, when the task is to make the detail of complex configuration, when it is necessary to achieve perfect compliance with the drawing.

Unlike plasma treatment, laser technology has more opportunities. So, in addition to cutting, it is used to line pattern, mark, etc.

TiSO company combines these two technologies using swiss equipment BYSTRONIC.

Due to the effect of focused laser radiation, it is possible to reduce the deformation of the material, to achieve not only accuracy, but economical consumption of the material.

High performance is a great advantage of using laser metal cutting. When processing thin sheets of scale on them does not remain, which means that the laser-cut product can be immediately transferred to perform the next technological operation.

Equipment for laser metal cutting


Laser cutting services in Ukraine.

Our technologists will explain and help you choose the type of cutting you need – plasma or laser.

TiSO company offers customers optimal favorable conditions of cooperation and ready to fulfill the order of any complexity.

So that we can process your application as quickly as possible and make the necessary batch of products, we are waiting from you:

  1. Drawings for laser cutting (DXF or DWG format): they must contain only the contour of the ordered part.
  2. Each detail is in a separate file. The scale is 1:1.
  3. Request with information about the material and quantity of products, as well as drawings send to our e-mail address: