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A Tornado Around A Lightning Bolt: Meet the CPX300 HD Plasma Table

The CPX300 HD Plasma Table is a 5’ x 10’ or 6’ x 12’ member of the CI cutting family. We’ll talk benefits, features, specs and more in just a bit, but first we wanted to answer the question we’re most frequently asked:


Who Should Choose Plasma Over Laser?

That all depends on your cutting needs. Plasma can cut thicker material (up to 3¼” of mild steel) and has a sweet spot at around the 1” to 1½” range. The trade off, of course, is that plasma tables have a more jagged cut than lasers, with a kerf width of about 10 times greater. So if you need clean cuts above all else, go with a CI laser.


But if you have thicker material that doesn’t require a tight tolerance (maybe, for example, you’re cutting a part that is not necessarily going into another part), or your part is simple by design, plasma is the way to go. Plus, the CPX300 High Definition Plasma Table brings increased production capacity, speed and consumable life compared to its plasma counterparts. Oh, and we should also mention it can be about a tenth of the cost of a top-of-the-line laser cutter.

Lasers are, obviously, a light beam source whereas plasma is a gas that’s ignited by electricity. Each technology brings a specific kerf width. On a laser, your cutting area can be very precise, holding tolerances in the thousandths, but with a plasma table, you’re cutting with a wider sword. We like to describe it as a lightning bolt: remarkable cutting power, but more turbulent and not as clean. To harness the power of that lightning bolt, you need high definition.


What Makes It HD? The Hypertherm XPR300 Plasma Power Source.

Hypertherm XPR300

The XPR300 is a huge advancement in plasma cutting. The 300amp power source is what makes the CPX300 HD Plasma Table go, and it provides that “tornado” that the plasma lightning bolt needs. The XPR300 condenses the plasma and results in a finer, cleaner cut than a typical plasma cutter.

Of course, Hypertherm’s XPR300 is offered to hundreds of OEMs. Why choose CI’s CPX300?

Glad you asked.

The CI Difference

The sun shines brightly. April is tax time. And Cincinnati Incorporated makes beefy press brakes that last forever. Some things never change. The CPX300 is built upon a foundation of durable, legendary CI machines. Add in our powerful HMI interface (with a full touch sense 22” screen) and CI’s renowned training, service and support, and the difference is clear: This is a plasma table that has everything you need to be more productive and profitable.


Ready to learn more about the reliable, cost-effective and user-friendly CPX300? Reach out anytime. Installation and training is typically complete in just one full workweek.