What is Waterjet Cutting?
Waterjet cutting is a cutting process that utilises a high-pressure stream of water to cut through materials. The water is typically combined with an abrasive substance, such as garnet, to increase the cutting power of the stream. The abrasive waterjet can cut through a wide range of materials, including porcelain, metal, plastic, stone, and glass, without cracking or break the material. It can also cut through softer materials like foam and rubber.
The waterjet cutting process involves a computer-controlled system (CNC) that directs the stream of water to create precise cuts and shapes. The machine typically has a cutting head that moves along an X-Y axis, allowing it to cut complex shapes and patterns with high precision. The speed of the waterjet cutting process depends on the thickness and type of material being cut, but it is generally faster than other cutting methods.
Aquacut has two waterjet cutting machines at our unit in Knutsford allowing us to complete jobs of any scale to a swift timeframe.
Why choose Waterjet Cutting?
Waterjet cutting is becoming increasingly popular in the landscaping and tiling industry due to the many benefits this method of cutting offers.
One of the primary benefits of waterjet cutting is its versatility. Unlike other cutting methods, waterjet cutting can cut through virtually any material, regardless of its hardness or thickness. This makes it ideal for cutting materials that are difficult to cut, like porcelain and stone, or impractical to cut using other methods. Additionally, waterjet cutting can be used to cut intricate shapes and patterns, making it a popular choice for creating complex parts and components.
Another advantage of waterjet cutting is its accuracy. The computer-controlled system ensures that the cuts are made precisely to the specifications of the design. This reduces waste and ensures that the parts fit together perfectly, making assembly easier and faster. The waterjet cutting process also produces minimal heat, which means that there is no thermal distortion of the material being cut. This is particularly important when working with sensitive materials that can be damaged by high temperatures.
In addition to its accuracy and versatility, waterjet cutting is also environmentally friendly. The waterjet cutting process does not produce any hazardous fumes or dust, making it safer and cleaner than other cutting methods. The water used in the cutting process is also recycled and reused, reducing water consumption and waste.
Overall, waterjet cutting is a highly effective and efficient cutting method that has revolutionised the manufacturing industry with its many benefits. Its versatility, accuracy, speed, and environmental friendliness make it a popular choice for cutting a wide range of materials in a variety of industries.
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