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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

New shop class plasma torch doesn't cut into school budget


April 13, 2022

Courtesy of Winston Davies

Kyle Hommel, left, demonstrates a plasma cutter at Svendsen Marine while a group of high school shop students watch. The school district has approved the purchase of a similar metal work machine for the shop class.

A new plasma torch purchased by the school district will provide shop class students with a more versatile way to cut and build metal projects - and it won't cost the district a penny of borough funds.

The new computer numerical control (CNC) machine is like the shop's current CNC machine, a computer-driven router, but it uses a plasma torch, which cuts with electrically charged, superheated gas. It will give students much more choice in projects, according to shop teacher Winston Davies.

"I've come to realize that in order to build up our welding program, this is where we needed to go," D...

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