Canceled<Try it! Hand-held Plasma Cutting

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • BARN Welding Studio 6-8:30pm, Class Code: WE071622HS
  • 3


  • $80 + $30 materials fee
  • $60 + $30 materials fee

This class has been canceled.

Cut shapes out of flat sheet steel.  Make an idea into hard reality. 

Plasma cutting uses a highly focused electric arc and compressed air to cut steel. Wiki (paraphrased) describes the process thusly:  Plasma cutting involves creating an electrical channel of super-heated, electrically ionized gas i.e. plasma, through the work piece forming a completed electric circuit. Compressed gas is blown through a focused nozzle at high speed.  The electrical arc ionizes some of the gas, thereby creating an electrically conductive channel of plasma. As electricity from the cutter torch travels down this plasma it delivers sufficient heat to melt through the work piece. The compressed gas blows the hot molten metal away, thereby cutting through the work piece. 

Participants will use a plasma cutter to create a design in 16 gauge steel (roughly 3/32nds). Each student will have a 2 foot square sheet of steel to work with. Bring a design to work with. Detail should be at a level you can draw with a sharpie or soapstone and trace with a somewhat awkward implement while wearing gloves.


  • There is a $30 materials fee that will be included in the cost of class for steel 2'x2', cutter tip replacements, consumables and PPE.
  • Work space is limited on the plasma table. The three participants will take turns using two plasma cutters.
  • BARN will provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
  • Participants must wear long sleeve shirts and pants in natural fiber clothing and closed toe shoes (preferably leather or cotton). Stretch fabrics are prohibited.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor: Henry Sharpe

Received 5-21 via a calendar from Henry and posted on 5/21

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