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Plasma Cutter (Metals)

What is it?

A plasma cutter is a device which cuts through electrically conductive materials by creating superheated, electrically ionised gas (plasma), and this particular uprated unit can cut through mild steel (up to 20mm thick), aluminium, stainless steel, brass and copper.

The plasma cutter can also cutting a mix of different metals creates a higher likelihood of a exothermic reaction of a catastrophic nature, that could potentially melt through to the floor below. The plasma cutter will need to be thoroughly cleaned both before and after the cutting of any material that is not coated or galvanised.

Therefore, time and advanced warning will need to be given so that the machine can be prepared. Please come into the centre to discuss if you would like to do this.

The following Boxford video shows one in action:


Who is this unit for?

This unit has been purchased for engineering undergraduates to use, for their project work both inside and outside of the Engineering course, as well as for outreach events. It may be possible to allow limited other use - please discuss with the Dyson Centre Manager and see this page.


When will the unit be available for use?

The unit will hopefully be commissioned on Monday 31 July 2017.

Technical staff have been trained in its use on Tuesday 1 August.

We are taking requests to use the machine from engineering undergraduates, though it may take some time for us to get up to speed on its use and to formulate a more formal booking system - though in practice that shouldn't be needed till the start of term in October.


For Cambridge users - please click here for further details.



Dr Richard Roebuck

Dyson Centre Manager

28 July 2017

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The Engineering Department are delighted to announce a major refurbishment project taking place in the Summer of 2015. 

£2M donation from the James Dyson Foundation, a £2.65M investment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and £0.6M from the University of Cambridge will allow us to transform the workshop and library facilities for hands-on learning, access to information, and the encouragement of creativity and innovation.