Water jet cutting is a cold-cutting technique that uses water (or a mix of water and abrasives, such as garnet) to cut through materials via rapid erosion. The waterjet nozzle ejects water at three times the speed of sound. The pressurized water stream magnifies the effect of erosion to quickly and cleanly produce the necessary cuts on the material.
This technique is suitable for cutting a variety of materials—ranging from soft products like foam and carpet to hard metals like ceramic and metal—and can cut through materials up to 6 inches thick .
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Benefits of Water jet Cutting
- Tight tolerance: Water jet cutting can cut thicker parts with better tolerances.
- Versatility: Water jet cutting can be used on a wide range of materials, including glass, paper, metal, foods, composites, mixed materials, and more.
- No heat affected zone: Water jet cutting is a cold-cutting technique that does not subject material to heat or mechanical stress. Hence the risk of thermal distortion, change of material property due to the presence of heat and presence of impurities are minimized.
- Reduced slag: Since water jet cutting leverages water and recyclable abrasives, you do not have to deal with slag byproducts that can be produced by other cutting methods, such as laser or plasma cutting.
- Ultra-fine finish: Water jet cutting produces a fine sand-blasted edge finish, which can sometimes eliminate the need for finishing services.
Million offers water jet cutting services to form custom shapes from a variety of materials, including:
- Steels (including carbon, hardened tool, stainless steel, etc.)
- Nickel Alloy
- Aluminum (including aluminum alloys and super alloys)
Some of the industries in which water jet cutting are commonly used include:
- Aerospace (aircraft engines, turbine blades, control panels, etc.)
- Architectural (marble, tile, stone, ornamental components, etc.)
- Biotech (pipes, tubes, disks, etc.)
- Chemical (tanks, pipes, tubes, etc.)
- Food processing (foam, food cutting, packaging, etc.)
- Marine (pipes, pumps, etc.)
- Mechanical (pumps, disks, rings, etc.)
- Packaging (inserts, foam, etc.)
- Pharmaceutical (tubing, disks, etc.)
- Vacuum (tubing, pumps, pipes, etc.)
- Welding (pumps, disks, rings, etc.)
In addition to water jet cutting, we offer another cutting techique, laser cutting. The differences between laser cutting and waterjet cutting are:
|Water jet Cutting||Laser Cutting|
|1. Material type||Suitable for most material types||Suitable for some metallic materials and do not possess highly reflective finishing.|
|2. Material thickness||Up to 6 inches ( selected material )||Up to 1.5 inches ( selected material )|
|3. Precision||+/- 0.003–0.008 inch.||+/- 0.001–0.003 inch|
|4. Heat distortion||None||Yes|
|5. 5-axis||Cut materials in virtually any orientation and at any angle (ranging from 0 to 90 degrees). Capable of producing complex and intricate parts and those requiring beveling and contouring.||No|
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