What You Should Know About
WaterJet Cutting uses a mixture of water and fine garnet abrasive to cut materials ranging from aluminum to inconel and rubber to plastic. The water/abrasive mix is pressurized to 55,000 psi and passed through a cutting head at speeds up to 1000 feet per second. This pressurized stream cuts a virtually limitless variety of shapes and contours.
Because WaterJet Cutting machines without heat, parts are produced without Heat Affected Zones (HAZ) or metallurgical changes that can occur in operations like laser and plasma cutting. This eliminates the need for costly and time consuming operations to machine hard edges, which is especially beneficial when cutting materials like stainless steel, alloy steels, titanium, or hi-temp nickel alloys like inconel.
The low cutting side-to-side force of WaterJet Cutting also makes the operation a good alternative when machining frail parts or parts with a long length to width ratio.
Materials: Aluminum Plastic Stainless Rubber Titanium Inconel Brass Copper Other Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals
Quality In - Quality Out
Computer software controls the entire WaterJet Cutting process, so achieving the desired results requires an experienced operator capable of mastering the complex programming skills. Once the operator enters the part geometry, material type, thickness, and desired quality level into the computer, the machine does the rest. The WaterJet Cutting machine even knows when to slow down on corners and when to speed up on straights.
Ideal For Near Net Shapes
Ideal for non-precision parts in quantity, WaterJet Cutting economically produces near net shapes ready for final machining: set-up time is quick because tooling requirements are minimal, tolerances can be held consistently, and parts can be stacked to minimize run time and production costs. Multiple cutting heads allow you to make at least two parts at a time. Advanced software and a naturally small kerf maximize material yield.
The flexibility provided by WaterJet Cutting also makes the operation a highly efficient way to create prototypes and short runs of complex shapes.
Advantages of WaterJet Cutting:
- Quick Set-Up
- Time Minimal Tooling Requirements
- No Heat Affected Zone or Metallurgical Change
- Small Kerf Maximizes Yield
- Close, Consistent Oversize Cutting Cuts Finish Machining Time
- Dimensions to .005"
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