Materials are usually cut when one manufactures products. Different types of materials are used in manufacturing that need to be cut into different shapes. The method most commonly used in cutting uses heat but today another cutting technology is being used and is becoming more popular than heat cutting. 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. Both soft and hard materials can be cut using waterjet cutting method including plastics, paper, metal, ceramics, rock and stone, and many other materials. 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. There are two kinds of waterjet cutting including the pure waterjet cutting and the abrasive waterjet cutting. You use pure waterjet cutting for soft materials like plastic and paper. In pure waterjet methods, only the water stream is used to cut through the materials. When cutting hard materials like metals and ceramics 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. The presence of abrasive helps the waterjet cut through hard materials.
Since no heat is involved in waterjet cutting, we say that it is a cold cutting method. In this process, heat is not used. And when there is no heat applied then the cut comes out very clean. It also benefits the one who operates the waterjet machine since there is no risk of getting burns.
The result of waterjet cutting is a clean and precise cut. In waterjet cutting, the materials do not get distorted. Materials can get distorted with the application of heat while cutting. There are other results when heat is used when cutting and this includes warping, emitting of hazardous fumes and gases, burning, melting or cracking of the materials being cut. When waterjet cutting is used, then there are no undesirable results that are seen since there is no undergoing of thermal stress. The result is a smooth and burr-free finish.
The precise cutting using waterjet method gives you a very smooth finish. This is why you don’t need to do additional finishing processes to the material. You also save on time and increase overall efficiency since waterjet cutting process is very fast.
Hazardous waste is not produced when using waterjet cutting so it is considered an environmentally friendly process. With manufacturers looking for environmentally friendly processes, waterjet cutting is becoming very popular. There are no fumes or gases produced while cutting.
Waterjet cutting can also cut many different complex shapes. It is able to cut corners, bevels, pierce holes, and is able to make shapes with very small inner radii.