Rayburn’s top 5: Five strange ways to cut through steel

April 29, 2021

This week we’re taking a look at 5 alternative methods of cutting steel, and here they are.

Water Jet Cutter

Water Jet cutters have been around a long time. The first waterjet as we know it today was first patented by the Paper Patents Company in the 1930s. The tool was developed as a method for measuring and cutting reams of paper, but it is only in recent years that the technology has been adapted to cut through soled steel.

Laser Cutter

A Laser Cutting Machine has the ability to micro engrave as well as cut material, which makes it unique from the other methods; for example, while waterjets only allows cutting. Laser engraving is an advantage if you want to directly add a serial numbers or assembly marks.

Flame Cutter

Flame cutting is a thermal cutting process that uses oxygen and a fuel source to create a flame with enough energy to cut through steel. It uses a neutral flame to heat the material up to its kindling temperature before cutting can begin. One big benefit of Flame cutting is that the air flow needed for the flame also blow away the molten metal the cutting process leaves behind.

Plasma Cutter

Plasma is one of the most effective methods of cutting stainless steel over a wide range of thicknesses. However, the type of steel, cutting table and plasma source you use makes a big difference to its effectiveness.

 Ice Cutter?

This is more of a fun course of debate then a proven method of manufacturing; with one test subject discussed more than any other. ‘How did an iceberg tear through the steel hull of the Titanic?’. Many believe that the blue ice within an iceberg (which is the oldest and strongest ice of its body) is more than capable under immense pressure of slicing through a steel plate, with others believing that the ice berg simply smashed into the ship hard enough to create a line of corrupted rivets, from here the buckled steel plates would have come lose letting in water.

Next Week!

Next week will be another Rayburn’s top 5, as well look at the five best manufactures of CNC robotic arms.