Advantages of Waterjet Machining
There is a reason that waterjet machining has rapidly grown in popularity since the mid-1990’s. Actually there are a number of reasons, listed below, but they mostly come down to “versatility.” A waterjet is a versatile and flexible machining tool. You can cut a wide variety of material efficiently and cost-effectively and can create a wide variety of parts.
The Most Natural Cutting Method
Water Jet cutting is essentially the same as water erosion found in nature but greatly accelerated and concentrated. It is often used during fabrication or manufacture of parts for machinery and other devices. Water jet cutting is the preferred method when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods. It has found applications in a diverse number of industries from mining to aerospace where it is used for operations such as cutting, shaping, carving, and reaming.
Cut Almost Any Material
Because waterjets cut using water and abrasive, they can work with a wide variety of materials. These materials include:
- Copper, brass, aluminum:
- Pre-hardened steel
- Mild steel
- Exotic materials such as titanium, Inconel and Hastalloy
- 304 stainless steel
- Brittle materials such as glass, ceramic, quartz, stone.
- Laminated material
- Flammable materials
One of the few materials that cannot be cut with a waterjet is tempered glass. Because tempered glass is under stress, as soon as you begin to cut it, it will shatter into small fragments—as it is designed to do.
Saves You Time and Money
We strive to offer and achieve the quickest turn around possible. Everything is considered priority these days and on a weekly basis, we achieve next day or even same day completion after a purchase order is received. We stock many common materials and run two shifts to keep the work flowing through our shop.
Many Other Advantages!
- In waterjet cutting, there is no heat generated. This is especially useful for cutting tool steel and other metals where excessive heat may change the properties of the material.
- Unlike machining or grinding, waterjet cutting does not produce any dust or particles that are harmful if inhaled.
- The kerf width in waterjet cutting is very small, and very little material is wasted.
- Waterjet cutting can be easily used to produce prototype parts very efficiently. An operator can program the dimensions of the part into the control station, and the waterjet will cut the part out exactly as programmed. This is much faster and cheaper than drawing detailed prints of a part and then having a machinist cut the part out.
- Waterjet cutting can be easily automated for production use.
- Waterjet cutting does not leave a burr or a rough edge, and eliminates other machining operations such as finish sanding and grinding.
- Waterjets are much lighter than equivalent laser cutters, and when mounted on an automated robot. This reduces the problems of accelerating and decelerating the robot head, as well as taking less energy.