Why Invest in Waterjet Cutting Services
Dr. Norman Franz discovered waterjet cutting in the 1950’s when he was seeking an alternative method to cut lumber. Since the inception of this cutting method, not only has it been used to help forestry engineers cut lumber from large trees but has helped in the metal industry.
Waterjet cutting uses high-pressure water streams to cut or clean objects and materials. The cutter itself can be connected to a water pump that ejects high-pressure water from a nozzle thus cutting the material with high-speed water. 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. Waterjet cutting is the preferred method for those materials that are sensitive to higher temperatures that are often created when using alternative methods. Most methods of cutting materials will damage or alter the surface but the no heat-affected zone (HAZ) prevents this from occurring when using a waterjet.
3. There is a significantly high level of precision Waterjets are extremely precise and have the ability to have 0.005″ of accuracy when cutting. Waterjets provides a burr-free finish. The burr-free finish eliminates the necessity of a secondary finishing process, which saves money.
4.Waterjets are an extremely fast and efficient process for cutting projects The initial set-up time is small. The entire cutting process is significantly faster than other cutting methods. Re-cutting isn’t necessary because waterjets have such precision with cutting materials.
5. The cutting process is environmentally sound Waterjet cutting is one of the only environmentally sound process. No hazardous waste is produce during the process of cutting materials. The use of waterjets prevents wasteful cutting from occurring, since the large pieces of reusable scrap material can be cut off.
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. By using a closed-looped system, the water used can be reused. Waste water is often clean enough to filter and dispose of through a drain.
7. Using waterjet cutting allows for a safer work environment to be created. Airborne dust, smoke, fumes, and contaminants are avoided through the use of waterjet cutting. This greatly improves the work environment and reduces problems arising from the machine operator’s exposure.