Materials are usually cut when one manufactures products. Different types of materials are used in manufacturing that need to be cut into different shapes. What used to be cutting using heat is now being replaced with another kind of cutting technology which is gaining more popularity in industries today. This method that is getting popular today is the waterjet cutting method. Any type of material used in manufacturing can be cut using this method. The different materials it can cut include both soft and hard materials including plastics, paper, metal, ceramics, rocks, wood, and a lot more. Below you can find the good reasons why manufacturers should use the waterjet cutting method.
The waterjet cutting is a very versatile method of cutting since, as we have mentioned above, it can cut through any materials up to 200 mm. Waterjet cutting can be pure or abrasive. Plastic and paper or any other soft materials can be cutting using the pure waterjet cutting. Pure waterjet cutting uses just the water stream to cut through soft materials. However, if you are cutting through metal and ceramic, hard materials, then you should use the abrasive waterjet method. Abrasive are added to the water stream to make very powerful cutting for the abrasive waterjet method. And this is why it can cut through hard materials.
Waterjet cutting is a cold cutting method. You don’t use heat when you cut in this method. You can see a clear finish to the cut material since no heat is applied. Cold cutting means that the operator of the waterjet machine is not in danger of getting burns.
Waterjet cutting gives you a precise and clean cut. In waterjet cutting, the materials do not get distorted. Distortion happens when heat is applied when cutting. Other results when applying heat while cutting materials include warping, emiting of hazardous fumes and gases, burning, melting, or cracking of the materials that are being cut. When waterjet cutting is used, then there are no undesirable results that are seen since there is no undergoing of thermal stress. You get a smooth and burr-free finishes with waterjet cutting.
Waterjet cutting is very precise and therefore the finish is very smooth. In waterjet cutting, you don’t need to do more finishing processes to the product. Waterjet cutting process is very fast so you save time and increase overall efficiency.
With waterjet cutting no hazardous waste is produced and thus it is an environmentally friendly process. Manufacturers today seek environmentally friendly processes and waterjet cutting is just that. Cutting using waterjet method does not produce fumes or gases that are harmful.
In waterjet cutting, you can cut many different complex shapes. With waterjet cutting it is easy to cut corners, bevels, pierce holes, and make shapes with small radii.