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Welcome to SPARK the blog

We’re launching SPARK the blog for a few reasons. The first, we think there’s a lot of misinformation about the best way to cut metal…or stone…or whatever else needs to be cut. As a manufacturer of three different types of cutting methods-plasma, laser, and waterjet-we think we’re in a unique position to help you choose […] Read more

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What does a good plasma cut look like?

We’re starting today’s post with a question, “What does a good plasma cut look like?” We admit, it’s kind of a trick question, because the quality of your cut will depend on a lot of things: the age of your system, the quality of your cutting table and related components, the manufacturer, type of plasma […] Read more

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The future’s so bright…

Today we’re talking about eye protection. We sometimes get asked what shade rating is needed when cutting with plasma. The answer: it depends. The American National Standards Institute (known simply as ANSI by most people) ties the shade level to the amperage level of your system. If you’re using a lower amp system you can […] Read more

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How to choose the best cutting process

Hypertherm presented a webinar last week titled “Plasma, laser, oxyfuel, waterjet.” The webinar explained how each of these four cutting processes work, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and provided guidelines on how to choose the best process for a particular need. It’s difficult to cover a 45 minute webinar in a blog post but […] Read more

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Amps vs. true cutting power

Hypertherm recently presented a webinar on amps vs. true cutting power. It’s a topic that sometimes causes confusion as there’s a belief among some people that amperage determines the “power” of your system. It’s not unusual to hear someone claim their 40 amp system is more powerful than another persons 30 amp system and so […] Read more


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