What You Should Know about Waterjet Cutting.
Technology has impacted all sectors of life and the cutting industry has benefited from advanced cutting systems as well. The latest technology in cutting is known as waterjet cutting that uses high-pressure water stream where a narrow line is eroded in the stock material. However, an abrasive can be added to cut a variety of materials such as steel, titanium, and foam among others.
it becomes easier to select between an abrasive waterjet and water only cutting because an abrasive material is normally added at the nozzle. Such flexibility makes waterjet machines very versatile. Operators can now cut different shapes with water jet cutting systems due to the high technology used. Even for inexperienced operators, they can make accurate cuts.
Waterjet systems use a computer program to guide the cutting process. The material is quickly cut using a thin water stream at high speed. Since the stream of water is so small, only small material is wasted. The customer and the waterjet provider will save on cost. The following are other benefits offered by waterjet cutting.
1. A variety of materials can be cut.
Cuts of almost any materials are possible when the high pressure, water, and an abrasive are added. 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. Heat damage is reduced.
There are no heat zones in waterjet cutting unlike other cutting methods such as laser and plasma that can cause heat damage. This makes it possible to cut materials of different types such as plastics and metals without warping, distorting, or melting them. This is because any heat produced is absorbed by the water that goes back to the tank. Temperatures will only go high when piercing a thick metal part. Room temperatures will be maintained in everything else.
3. Cuts complex shapes.
It is one of the big advantage provided 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. Because the material is optimized through stacking, nesting, and tabbing, cutting is reduced greatly.
The cutting process with a waterjet is usually clean and does not result in chips, grindings, or hazardous gases. At the same time, cutting emulsions and oils will also not be required. When pure water is used, materials such as textiles, food products, and elastomers can be cut by a waterjet machine.