Waterjet cutting is a unique process that provides a good quality cut edge and typically eliminates the need for secondary finishing processes. As the name implies, a waterjet takes ordinary tap water and turns it into a powerful and effective cutting tool, able to cut through a 6″ slab of stainless steel.
Basics of Waterjet Cutting
Waterjets are fast, flexibile, and reasonably precise. Abrasive waterjet uses purified and chilled water and pressurizes it up to 60,000 PSI which then forces it through a .014” diamond orifice creating a super-sonic cutting stream. This pressurized water is traveling so fast that it creates a ventury, drawing the crushed garnet into the cutting stream which physically erodes the material out of the way (much like liquid sandpaper). Unlike thermal cutting (i.e. flame, plasma & laser) which heat the material beyond its melting temperature and blowing it out of the way, waterjet is more known to be a cold cutting process.
There are a number of benefits to waterjet cutting:
- Cuts virtually any material, including copper, brass, aluminum, pre-hardened steel, mild steel, 304 stainless steel, brittle materials, laminated material, flammable materials, glass, plastic, wood, titanium, and even heat treated alloys.
- No heat-affected zone or thermal distortion, meaning waterjets do not change the properties of the material.
- Does not require uniformity of material.
- Better tolerances on thicker parts.
- Ability to machine thicker materials.
- Provides a variety of edge qualities, depending on the application.
- Ability to make intricate cut designs.
- Allows for near net shapes for difficult to machine materials and shape, saving valuable time.
- Incredible precision.
If you’re looking for a good quality cut edge on most any kind of material, especially metal, waterjet cutting is the route to go. You will get a nice, clean cut edge without thermal distortion to the material.
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Here at Fusion Tech, we can provide you with high quality waterjet cutting services on stainless, aluminum, carbon, heat treated carbon alloys, nickel, titanium, plastic, and more.