Plasma is defined in Websters as a ”collection of charged particles … containing about equal numbers of positive ions and electrons and exhibiting some properties of a gas but differing from a gas in being a good conductor of electricity …”. You can also think of it as an electrically heated gas stream.
Plasma Cutting Process
- Plasma cutting is the fastest cutting process on carbon steel, aluminum, or stainless steel.
- Plasma cutting can be combined with waterjet or oxy fuel on the same part.
- Plasma cutting can be use for precision cutting on gauge material up to 6” thick stainless.
In recent years advanced materials have emerged and are having a major impact on the products around us. Coming from science and technology advanced materials can outperform traditional materials as they for instance can be tougher, can withstand higher temperatures, and can be tailored into new shapes.
The increasing availability of product environmental information provides an opportunity for consumers to choose more sustainable products and for designers to be rewarded for selecting more sustainable materials. Here are some tips on how to do this.
One of the most significant future transformations in the material sphere will be the development of a carbohydrate economy. This will be a global economy based primarily on renewable material feedstocks—as opposed to our current economy, which is founded largely on fossil fuels.