If you are considering your cutting options as part of a production process, find out why water jet cutting may be the answer.
Advantages of Water Jet Cutting
The biggest advantage of Water jet profiling is it’s cold cutting, erosion process. This emits no hazardous materials and has a very tight tolerance control. It can cut extremely intricate designs, with clean edges that require little or no finishing.
Mixed materials of various thicknesses and qualities including reflective, fragile, soft, hard materials and even hardened tool steels can be cut without effecting the structural integrity of the material and as water jet cutting is a cold cutting process there is no heat affected zone (HAZ) which can be found in plasma or laser cutting which can change to the materials structure or form but this does not happen with Water Jet cutting process.
What materials will it cut?
Another advantage is that water jet cutting is able to cut almost any material from stainless steel to lino. Uneven surfaces and stacked layers of different materials are no problem for the water jet cutter either as the mechanical processes take place on such a microscopic level, the contents and surface finish of the material are not critical factors.
With an addition to cutting the abrasive, harder materials such as metals, stone, bullet proof glass, ceramics, etc, it’s also possible to cut textiles, elastomers, foam, thin plastics and many other softer products using just pure water.
Water jet cutting is especially advantageous if you need to achieve a complex shape. Materials can be cut into almost any shape with the highest precision, maintaining even the tiniest of detail. Making sharp corners, beveled edges, pierce holes, and shapes with minimal inner radii all possible.
Why use Water jet
- Cold cutting with no heat affected zones or hardening
- Cuts virtually any material
- Omni-directional cutting
- Faster than conventional cutting tools
- Perforates most materials without starting holes
- Net-shape or near-net-shape parts
- Environmentally friendly
- Reduces dust and hazardous gases
- Flexible machine integration
- Small cutting kerf width and nesting capabilities
- Raw material savings