November 10, 2023
Cutting stainless steel sheets can be done using various methods, depending on the thickness of the sheet and the precision needed. Here are a few common techniques:
1.Flame Cutting: This method of cutting has lower equipment costs. While effective for cutting thick metal sheets, it has limitations when cutting thin sheets. Compared to plasma cutting, flame cutting has a larger heat-affected zone and causes more significant thermal deformation.
2.Laser Cutting: Laser cutting equipment can cut stainless steel sheets up to 30 millimeters thick. When oxygen is introduced into the laser beam, it can cut carbon steel up to 40 millimeters thick. However, after oxygen cutting, a thin oxide film forms on the surface.
3.Wire Cutting: Also known as wire cutting processing. It was developed based on EDM punching and forming. It not only expanded the application of EDM but also replaced EDM punching and forming in some aspects.
4.Edge Trimming: Edge trimming uses a movable upper blade and a fixed lower blade. It applies shearing force to metal sheets of different thicknesses with appropriate blade clearances to cut and separate the sheets according to the required dimensions.
5.Plasma Cutting: This cutting method melts the metal in the workpiece's incision with the high-temperature plasma heat in the plasma cutting machine. It uses the high-speed momentum of the plasma to remove the molten metal, forming the incision.
When working with stainless steel, especially thicker sheets, consider using appropriate safety equipment, as the process might generate heat, sparks, or sharp edges. Additionally, for some methods like laser cutting or plasma cutting, specialized machinery might be required, which can be costly or may need professional handling.
If you're not experienced with these methods or if the job requires precision or particular expertise, it might be best to consult or hire a professional service that specializes in cutting stainless steel.