Top 10 Reasons to Choose Waterjet Cutting
Long regarded as a tool for trained experts, Waterjets have changed dramatically in the last few years. New technologies have made it possible for just about any machine or fabricating shop to purchase and profitably operate a precision Waterjet cutting system, with little or no prior special experience.
- Wide range of materials
Water Jet Cutting can work with a wide variety of materials, ranging from metals to ceramics, composites, glass—even marble and granite.
- Quality finish
The finish provided by Water Jet Cutting is a smooth, sandblasted finish. No rough edges, burrs or jagged ends. The edge cut finish can be controlled to meet your needs.
- No heat in machining process
Because the Waterjet uses water and abrasive, the material is not heated up significantly during the cutting process. This makes Water Jet Cutting ideal for materials that are affected or deformed by heat, such as titanium, foam, wood, heat treated steel and glass.
- Environmentally friendly
Water Jet Cutting uses water and garnet to cut. Garnet is an inert gemstone, which can be disposed of in the municipal waste stream. No toxic fumes are produced during machining.
- No tool changing
You don't need to change cutting tools with Water Jet Cutting. One nozzle is used to machine all the different types of materials and shapes, saving time and the expense of multiple cutting tools.
- Minimal Burr
Using the Waterjet, there is little or no burr in most materials.
- Quick to program
Water Jet Cutting is complete with a comprehensive CAD program. You can draw parts from scratch, or import standard CAD files created in other programs. You can even trace over a photograph or bitmap image.
- Fast set-up and programming
Water Jet Cutting takes the tool path created and calculates the exact position and cutting speed of the nozzle at a resolution of over 2,000 points per inch (800 points/cm).
- Complement existing tools, used for either primary or secondary operations
Water Jet Cutting can also work with your other machine tools to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each. An example of this is roughing out nested parts to maximize material usage, and then performing final machining on a mill or machining center.
- Reduce setup times
Little or no side force on the material being machined reduces the need to complex fixtures and greatly speeds setup times.
Materials Suitable for Water Jet Cutting
Most any material can be cut with water jet. Materials such as carpet, wood, foam and other porous materials can be successfully cut but they will pick up a small amount of water. Materials that are metallic can be water jet cut. These include titanium, steel, iron, copper and nickel base metals. Non-metallics such as stone, marble, tile, plastic and glass can all be cut with water jet.
Typical Materials Cut with Water Jet:
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