The versatile possibilities of waterjet cutting

The versatile possibilities of waterjet cutting

Waterjet cutting is one of the most versatile production methods available in the industry. With this method, you can cut through many different materials. Want to learn more about the versatility of this cutting method? Read more below!

How does a waterjet cutting machine work?

Various methods are available for cutting through different materials. Waterjet cutting machines use regular tap water that is highly pressurized by powerful pumps. These pumps increase the operational pressure to an impressive 3,500 – 4,000 bar, which enables highly accurate cutting of various types of materials.

Furthermore, a waterjet cutting machine is able to control the flowrate of the water, while abrasive particles may be added to further enhance cutting results. Increasing water pressure results in a higher impact velocity of these particles onto the material, enabling highly accurate cutting of hard materials.

The benefits of a cold process

Waterjet cutting is a cold process. This means that, contrary to laser cutting, it generates no heat. This offers the major benefit that risks of product melting, cracking, toughening or deformation is entirely avoided. Furthermore, all cutting lines are immediately properly finished, eliminating the need for an additional product completion phase. The absence of heat and dust create a safer and eco-friendly work environment.

Using abrasives

To cut harder materials such as steel, an abrasive is added to the nozzle. Combined with this abrasive, the water can be directed even more accurately. Examples of abrasives are thin sand and garnet, the choice of which depends on the material on which it is applied.

Cuttable materials

Combined with an abrasive, the waterjet reaches a velocity of over twice the speed of sound. This makes it possible to cut through virtually any material. Waterjet cutting without abrasives primarily takes place with materials such as thin plastics and fabrics. Frozen food, for instance, can also be cut without using abrasives.

Below is a list of various materials for which waterjet cutting machines are regularly used:

  • Composites
  • Plastics
  • Metals
  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Ceramics
  • Rubber

The Resato experts are of course expertly trained to support you in making validated company decisions about waterjet cutting machines as system solutions. With a waterjet cutting machine, you contribute to further company growth and offer even better answers to your customers’ needs and requirements. For more information and additional benefits of using a waterjet cutting machine, please read more here.

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