Thermal Cutting Overview

Provided by: ToolingU

"Thermal Cutting Overview" provides a comprehensive introduction to the four most common industrial thermal cutting processes. Oxyfuel cutting uses a fuel gas flame that is mixed with pure oxygen. Air-carbon arc cutting uses heat generated by an electrical arc. Plasma cutting ionizes a high-powered stream of gas to create a plasma arc. Laser cutting severs metal with a highly concentrated and focused laser beam. Understanding the basic theories behind the four widely used methods of thermal cutting is essential to using them successfully. After taking this class, users will be able to distinguish between different thermal cutting methods as well as identify the equipment used for each. Users will also be able to identify the performance characteristics and safety considerations for these thermal cutting processes. This information provides the necessary information to perform thermal cutting methods successfully and safely.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe thermal cutting
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of thermal cutting processes
  • Describe safety practices for thermal cutting
  • Describe personal protective equipment used in thermal cutting procedures
  • Describe fume safety measures
  • Describe oxyfuel cutting
  • Describe acetylene
  • Identify alternative fuel gases used in oxyfuel cutting
  • Describe the basic equipment used in oxyfuel cutting
  • Describe air carbon arc cutting
  • Identify the equipment and setup used during air carbon arc cutting
  • Identify the electrodes used during CAC-A
  • Describe plasma cutting
  • Identify the equipment used in plasma cutting
  • Identify the consumable equipment used in plasma cutting
  • Describe laser cutting
  • Describe gas lasers
  • Distinguish between solid-state and semiconductor lasers
  • Identify the components of an automated laser cutting system
  • Describe laser cutting machine configurations.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel, including engineers, technicians and managers, particularly handling welding operations.

Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business



Employee Type

New Applicants, Operations team, 1st level supervisor

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

3.5 hrs



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