Why Invest in Waterjet Cutting Services
Waterjet cutting has been in use since the 1950’s when Dr. Norman Franz discovered the innovative method. While originally utilized to help engineers cut lumber, waterjet cutting is now an effective method for cutting almost any flat material, including stainless steel and aluminum.
Waterjet cutting uses high-pressure water streams to cut or clean objects and materials. Oftentimes, the cutter is connected to a high-pressure water pump with water being ejected from a nozzle, which then cuts directly through the material. There may also be additives, such as abrasives, used to help with the cutting process.
There are many different benefits to using waterjet cutting for stainless steel or aluminum sheets.
1. The Waterjets Capacity. At first glance, many do not expect water to be a powerful cutting tool but wateriest have the capacity to cut through eight-inch stainless steel plates and ten-inch aluminum plates.
2. Using waterjets doesn’t mean heat is required. Since waterjets don’t generate heat when cutting materials, it is the preferred method for those materials sensitive to rising temperatures. Waterjet cutting has a no heat-affected zone (HAZ) that prevents alterations and damage to the surface of the materials being cut.
3. Waterjet cutting is considered to be one of the most effective methods in relation to precision when cutting. The precision of waterjets is high enough to state that the accuracy is 0.005″ and when repeated stands at 0.001″. Not only do waterjets have a high level of precision when cutting aluminum and steel but it also provides a burr-free finish. The secondary surface finishing process can be spared in most cases and helps save money.
4.Speed The initial set-up time is small. The cutting process is quicker than other methods that may be utilized for cutting materials. Materials rarely have to be re-cut when using the waterjet cutting process.
5. Using waterjet cutting allows for the materials to be cut in an environmentally sound manner. Waterjets are classified as green technology. No hazardous waste is produce during the process of cutting materials. Waterjets also prevent unnecessary waste that occurs during traditional cutting methods.
When using waterjets to cut aluminum or stainless steel, there are a plethora of environmental advantages. The waterjet does not use a significant amount of water. Almost one half to one gallon of water will be used per minute, depending on the cutting head orifice size. The water that is use can be recycled by using a closed-looped system. Waste water is often clean enough to filter and dispose of through a drain.
7. The waterjets create a safer work environment Waterjets eliminate airborne dust particles, smoke, fumes, and contaminants from cutting materials. Machinist exposure is reduced as well as any problems from bystander exposure through the use of waterjet cutting, which improves the work environment.