What You Stand to Gain By Using Waterjet Cutting for Materials
Waterjet cutting is a technology applied to the cutting of metals and other materials in the industrial process. It involves the use of a high-pressure water jet in combination sometimes with plasma or oxy-fuel cutting. The waterjet machine cuts with a high degree of accuracy and this produces a very clean cut. This cutting method is especially useful when cutting materials that are quite expensive and rare, because it causes very minimal wastage during cutting. Industries that need to cut through metals and other hard materials to manufacture and fashion products normally use waterjet cutting. Waterjet cutting is advantageous in a number of ways. Here are some benefits of cutting substances using a waterjet cutting machine.
When cutting using a waterjet machine, there is no heat evolved. These other ways of cutting are accompanied by the release of heat. High temperatures are necessary to produce heat that burns through the material thereby separating it at the point of cutting. This is usually disadvantageous in case the material being cut is sensitive to heat. Such materials may either be melted or deformed by heat, thereby rendering them unusable. Waterjet cutting works on the principle of pressure and therefore can be used to cut such materials safely.
There’s very little wastage of material because it has a very high precision of cutting. That’s why waterjet cutting is referred to as a precision cutting method. The method can make cuts as narrow as under a millimeter thick. Thus, there is minimal wastage of the material being cut in comparison to the other cutting methods. And the fact that it is carried out on the computer with an advanced software means that it is even more precise as compared to other cutting approaches.
Waterjet cutting is applicable for cutting all kinds of material. Other cutting methods such as laser, plasma and use of oxy-fuel flame usually involves generation of heat, sometimes to the thousands of degrees hot. Because of this, they cannot be used on materials that are either soft or fragile. On the contrary, waterjet cutting is applicable to all materials, thereby making it quite multipurpose.
The other benefit of using waterjet cutting is the fact that it leaves very little debris after cutting. Other means of cutting sometimes leave the cut surface warped and deformed such that I needs to be smoothed through grinding of using a sand paper. But surfaces cut using a waterjet cutting machine are usually cleaner and require very minimal finishing. The cleanup work is therefore considerably reduced, meaning that the industry can commit labor to other productive tasks.