A Plasma Cutter Makes Solid Steel Melt Like Butter

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To the naked eye, someone slicing through steel using a high-temperature plasma torch just looks like a massive shower of sparks. But through the lens of a high-speed camera filming at 480 frames per second, the steel looks about as strong as melting butter as the torch easily slices through it.

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It’s also a good reminder to stand a safe distance from someone using a plasma cutter on steel, because those drops you see being blasted away are actually molten metal that would be particularly unpleasant should they make contact with your skin. Neat!

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“blasted away are actually molten metal that would be particularly unpleasant should they make contact with your skin”

Usually a little splatter just stings. The brief spits of sparks bouncing off your skin arn’t bad. The molten blobs getting caught in clothing being held against the skin is where the fun stars. Particularly your shoes.... Hence these..

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