Metal Cutting. Cut Titanium. Cut Aluminum.
For cutting metals such as cutting titanium, steel, brass & cutting aluminum, waterjet cutting is the most versatile cutting method compared to laser and plasma cutting. Waterjet table cutting can be used to cut thicker metals, including titanium and aluminum, (up to 12”/305 mm) than can be processed with laser and it offers greater precision than plasma cutting. Abrasive waterjet systems are also less expensive than laser systems, making them a solid choice for metal cutting and steel cutting in the fabrication industry.
Waterjet machine cutting is a cold cutting process and therefore is also ideal for automotive, medical and aerospace applications where the material cannot be affected by heat. Nearly every type of cut is possible, from using waterjet tables for rapid hole drilling to detailed cuts for automotive applications.
Waterjet cutters use an abrasive additive to create a clean, burr-free cut that does not require secondary finishing saving time and money. Waterjet machines are one of the most versatile cutting processes around and is well suited for high performance metal cutting, aluminum cutting, and titanium cutting.
Advantages of Cutting Metal with Waterjet:
• No material deformation caused by heat
• No hardening of the material along the cut edge
• No changes to the metal structure
• No heat affected zones (HAZ)
• No hazardous fumes or vapors
• None or minimal need for reworking
For maximum performance cutting of hard materials.
For cutting of soft and hard materials.
Ideally suited for lower demand applications.
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METAL CUTTING FAQ's
• Assuming that warping and changes to the metal structure are not an issue, what is the thickness from which waterjet cutting becomes the most cost-effective option?
Depending on the material, waterjet cutting should be considered as the most viable option from thicknesses of .19"-.31" (5-8 mm).
• How fast can the material be cut?
The cutting speed is determined by the following factors: intensifier pump pressure, efficiency of high pressure generation and cutting head configuration, material thickness and properties, desired cutting edge quality, orifice diameter, abrasive quantity and abrasive quality.
• What is the maximum material thickness that can be cut with water jets?
For metals, the maximum thickness is normally 6" (150 mm). Waterjet cutting has also been used in special applications where materials up to 15.75" (400 mm) thickness are cut.
• What about angle faults along the cut edge?
Depending on the requirements as regards cutting edge quality, excellent angle accuracy can be achieved by adjusting the pump pressure, the abrasive flow rate and the cutting speed accordingly. There are also software-based guiding systems on the market that help optimize angular accuracy, by adjusting the angle of the abrasive cutting head.