On the very day that the egg-plotter produced its first output, I realized that the exact same process could be used for laser cutting. Unfortunately, the cost of units with enough power to cut metal is over $100K. By chance, a contractor friend who was over for dinner noticed a steel sculpture that my wife and I had recently bought and said something about a "plasma cutter." He explained it's utility in cutting metals, using only compressed air and electricity-- and its relative affordability (small units start ~$500 new). Two years later (and after two semesters in welding class at Dunwoody Institute), I purchased this tool. I constructed another large-scale table dedicated to cutting in the summer of '94, and a year later, added the ability to cut cylinders. The images show the "business" end of this tool-- designed for hand held use, it resembles a pistol. Unlike oxy-acetylene cutting, plasma may be used to cut any metal. Because the tool is mounted and controlled remotely in this case, I am less exposed to the fumes, arc flash, and noise. Although industrial units can cut plates several inches in thickness, I am limited to ~1/2".