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The New Hypertherm XPR460: A Testament of the Technological Advancements in CNC Plasma Cutting Systems


June 13, 2024

Metal cutting, once defined by rudimentary tools and labour-intensive methods, has rapidly transformed into a domain of sophisticated, high-precision technologies. Over the years, advancements in cutting technology have been driven by an unyielding quest for efficiency, accuracy, and versatility.  The latest marvel in this lineage of innovation? The Hypertherm XPR460. 

Advancements in CNC Plasma Technology

At Plazmax, it’s our job to stay up-to-date on all the latest advancements in CNC Plasma technology. With over a decade of experience under our belt, we’ve seen updates that have shaped the future of the industry first-hand. Now, innovations like the Hypertherm XPR460 have taken things to an unprecedented level, offering features such as increased cutting speeds, enhanced edge quality, and extended consumable life.

These advancements in CNC plasma technology mean significant improvements in various aspects of production. In the workplace, it translates to increased efficiency, reduced downtime, and lower production costs. For instance, fabricators working on complex architectural projects will appreciate the precision and consistency of each cut, ensuring high-quality components that meet exact specifications. Manufacturers handling particularly large structural projects will benefit from the ability to cut thicker materials with ease. We’re genuinely excited about the future of CNC Plasma technology and the widespread impact it’ll have within Australia & New Zealand across various sectors. So, without further ado, let’s break down a few of the Hypertherm XPR460’s benefits:

Unmatched Cutting Versatility

The Hypertherm XPR460 is renowned for its superior cutting versatility. Unlike previous machines, which may struggle with thicker materials or require frequent adjustments for different metals, the XPR460 handles mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminium with ease. It can cut mild steel up to 64mm, stainless steel up to 63mm, and aluminium up to 63mm, providing an impressive range of cutting power for various metals and thicknesses. This versatility means that whether you’re cutting through pristine sheets or dealing with more difficult surfaces marred by paint or rust, the XPR460 delivers high-quality, consistent results every time.

We think fabricators are going to love this new machine as it will allow them to tackle a broader range of applications, from intricate components to large structural elements. This ability to handle various materials and thicknesses not only streamlines operations but also empowers manufacturers to take on more complex, diverse and profitable projects.

Enhanced Productivity

Another standout feature of the XPR460 is its optimised productivity. While the average CNC plasma machine typically operates within a range of 20 to 200 amps, the XPR460 cuts with oxygen up to an astounding 460 amps. This unparalleled power translates into higher cut quality, the ability to tackle thicker materials and the best part? Significantly faster cutting speeds.

Its argon-assist technology allows for seamless piercing and edge-starting on even the thickest mild steel and stainless steel. This means that complex cuts that would normally slow down operations can now be executed with ease and precision. Compared to the average CNC machine, which might struggle with thick or coated materials and require multiple passes or adjustments, the XPR460 breezes through with superior accuracy and speed. By minimising the need for secondary operations and reducing wear on consumables, the XPR460 lowers operating costs and keeps production lines running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Precision Cutting

Precision is paramount in plasma cutting, and the XPR460 excels in this area, addressing common industry concerns. Professionals often worry about maintaining consistent cut quality throughout the consumable life, but the XPR460 alleviates this concern by ensuring excellent part-to-part consistency from the first cut to the last. This system provides a smooth surface with low angularity and minimal to no dross, resulting in clean parts right off the table and reducing the need for secondary operations like grinding or finishing.

Moreover, the XPR460’s embedded technology enhances 45-degree bevel cut quality on thick materials, making the welding process more efficient and minimising rework. The exclusive SureCut™ technology automatically embeds advanced cutting capabilities into the process, eliminating the need for constant manual adjustments and reducing operator error.


If you’re ready to see how the Hypertherm XPR460 can revolutionise your operations, reach out to the experts at Plazmax and discover how this cutting-edge technology can elevate your productivity and precision. Whether you’re dealing with complex materials, aiming for faster production times, or looking to reduce operational costs, the XPR460 is designed to meet your needs. Contact us today and let’s explore how the future of plasma cutting can work for you.

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