If you are an artist or someone who simply enjoys working with metal there are a ton of really cool tools out there that can help you make creative projects with metal. Many people refer to these creations as “Metal art” and there are an endless possibilities to what you can make. People will often times create cool cut outs of their favorite sports team logo, their favorite animal, cool landscapes, and many other cool ideas. If you wish to create anything like this you’re going to need a plasma cutter as it is the best tool out there for creating precise cuts in metal quickly. With the right machine you can cut out a piece of metal the same as if you were taking a pencil to paper.
Our Favorite Plasma Cutters For Metal Art
How do you make wall art with your plasma cutter?
Check out this video where I explain exactly how I make my wall art and the steps I use to get the best results. I also show a few pieces I have created recently. Learn from my mistakes so you can get it right the first time.
What features make a plasma cutter good for plasma art?
When looking for a plasma cutter for wall art there are a few things that make some machines better then others. They are as follows..
This is great feature to have. It allows the arc of the machine to start without contacting the metal directly. This is very useful because it allows you to position your torch and begin your cut without having the tip touching the metal. This also helps you see exactly where you are cutting and makes it easier to follow your lines. Also if there are a few spots that need trimming (meaning you miss your line slightly) you can easily trim lines without the machine cutting out.
Fine Cut Consumables
These are the consumable that attach to the end of your cutting torch. Certain machines like the Hypertherm Powermax 30 (Amazon.com) have consumables made specifically for use on low amp settings and it will help you make more precise cuts. Think of it like drawing with a dull pencil versus a sharp pencil.
Lighter Torch Cord
Smaller machines tend to have smaller torch cords. I find that they are a lot easier to work with and put less strain on your body after extended use. If given the option to work on a 60 amp machine or a 30 amp machine I would choose the 30 amp machine due to its smaller diameter torch line. Less weight = less fatigue.
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at our plasma cutter art collection.