Water jet cutters offer a very effective and versatile method for accurately and consistently cutting a range of materials. They are powerful enough to be able to cut through Metal Stamping. They are flexible and precise enough to be able to cut complex shapes. Also, they offer an additional benefit with the capacity to cut three-dimensional shapes.
This method is suitable for cutting through thin materials or thick materials. It is good for cutting through materials that are covered in rust. It does not use heat for cutting so the level of thermal deformation is negligible and it does not produce any potentially harmful fumes during its use.
How this technology works
It is a surprisingly simple concept that has been developed to a sophisticated and highly effective level through the application of advanced engineering concepts and technology. This is a process that has been through a process of rapid development and continues to become more effective as new technology is developed. The cutting effect is achieved through water containing an abrasive material, often small pieces of garnet crystal, being fired out from a very narrow nozzle at incredibly high velocity. This high-powered jet is able to cut through materials with a high degree of accuracy and precision. As a result, it has the versatility to be used across a wide range of industrial applications.
With the development of more advanced design and manufacturing systems, the ability to utilise this method for complex and project specific designs has increased. Computer-aided design is able to be used to easily create templates which are then used by automated cutting machines. The type of computer systems that are now able to process three-dimensional graphics has broadened making it possible for companies involved in a wide range of areas using industrial design and manufacturing to take advantage of this.
The technique is very effective for cutting steel, stone, ceramics, aluminium, glass, wood, plastics, and laminates. Because of the capacity of the process to be automated, it is able to complete cutting tasks consistently, as well as for cutting large numbers of items using an electronic template. This has led to water jet cutters being used across a wide range of work environments, from the shaping of domestic materials such as granite bench tops and glass splash-backs in kitchens, through to larger scale industrial and mass production manufacturing settings.
This technology has been further developed with the greater flexibility provided through more advanced movement of the cutting jet. It is an environmentally friendly method. The finished edges are smooth and rounded. It does not produce burrs of Metal Stamping. It may not be the fastest method of cutting, but it is able to cut thicker materials than most other methods.