Wire erosion is one of the most common techniques used to cut metal. It’s simple, fast and relatively inexpensive. Wire erosion uses a controlled amount of force to wear away material until the desired shape is achieved. It is often used to create holes in sheet metal or thin-walled tubing.
The main advantage of wire erosion is that it’s relatively easy to learn, once you understand how it works. However, there are some safety hazards associated with this type of cutting that you should be aware of before attempting any type of wire erosion job.
Wire erosion cutting machines are available for sale from several different manufacturers. These machines use a series of rotating wheels or discs that have abrasive edges on them to remove material from the workpiece as they rotate against it. These wheels are usually made from hardened steel or carbide and range in diameter from ¼ inch up to ½ inch or more depending on what kind of work you want done with your machine. They also come in various styles with different types of grooves or patterns cut into them so they can perform different kinds of operations on your piece.
Wire erosion cutting can be used for removing small amounts of material or deep cuts into hardened steels which are not possible with conventional grinding methods. It can also be used to cut grooves or slots in hardened steel surfaces where other methods cannot be used due to wear problems caused by friction during operation.
Wire erosion cutting machines range in size from benchtop models that can handle relatively small parts to large floor standing units capable of processing large volumes of material quickly. Some wire erosion machines have automatic feeders that allow operators to set up the machine for production applications but still require manual loading of parts into the machine before each cycle begins.
There are two types of wire erosion cutting machines: manual and automated. Manual machines are simple to use but have limited capabilities because they do not offer much versatility in terms of what can be cut or shaped using them
Automated machines offer greater versatility than manual ones because they can perform more complex tasks such as drilling holes into materials before cutting them into shapes that require numerous holes being drilled into them first
In addition, automated machines also feature swappable heads that allow users to switch between different types of operations without having to stop working on whatever project they were performing at the moment.