Learn More about Waterjet Cutting.
Due to technological advancement, there are also advancements in the cutting industry with better cutting systems. The newest cutting technology is waterjet cutting and utilizes a stream of water at high speed to make a cut by eroding a narrow line on the material. In order to cut a wide variety of materials such as foam, steel, and titanium, an abrasive could be added.
The abrasive is usually added at the nozzle which makes it easier to switch between abrasive waterjet cutting and water only cutting. Such flexibility makes waterjet machines very versatile. Again the technology utilized in these water jet cutting systems, different shapes can be cut faster and accurately. The good thing is that even inexperienced operators will make accurate cuts without trial and error.
When using a water jet cutting equipment, a computer program is used to guide the cutting head. The thin water stream that travels at high speed cuts the material quickly. The waste is very minimal because the water stream used is so small. This result is reduced cost for both the machine shop, as well as the customer. Other benefits of waterjet cutting include the following.
1. Cuts a variety of materials.
When an abrasive is added in waterjet cutting, any material can be cut. Examples of materials that could be cut include tool steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, granite, titanium, copper, wood, and ceramics. Unlike traditional equipment that can only cut certain materials, waterjet offers a huge benefit.
2. No heat damage.
There are no heat zones in waterjet cutting unlike other cutting methods such as laser and plasma that can cause heat damage. Therefore, materials like plastics and metals can be cut without melting, warping, or distorting them. This is because any heat produced is absorbed by the water that goes back to the tank. The only point where temperatures go high is when a thick metal part is pierced. Everything else will remain at room temperature.
3. Complex shapes can be cut.
This a major advantage offered by waterjet cutting. Almost any shape can be cut. You can now cut sharp corners, pierce holes, bevels, and shapes that have minimal inner radii. The cutting time is also minimized since tabbing, stacking, and nesting help in optimizing the material.
4. Friendly to the environment.
During waterjet cutting, there is no grindings, chips, and hazardous gases produced, making it a clean cutting method. At the same time, cutting emulsions and oils will also not be required. A waterjet machine can also be used to cut food products, textiles, and elastomers when using clean water.