The original use of the waterjet, which was invented in the 1950s, was to cut lumber from large trees. From then, it has been improved greatly and has become an effective method for cutting any flat material including stainless steel and aluminum.
High pressure stream of water is used for the waterjet method in order to cut or clean materials. Waterjet method cuts through materials which water released from a nozzle at high speeds; this cutter is connected to a high pressure water pump that is the source of the water. Putting additives in the form of abrasives helps in the cutting process.
Here are some of the benefits of using laser cutting surrey for cutting different types of flat materials.
One of the benefits of using waterjets is that it is very powerful. If you don’t expect waterjet to be that powerful just imagine that it can cut through eight inches of stainless steel plate and 10 inches of aluminum plates.
Other cutting methods generate high temperatures which is not ideal for cutting materials that are sensitive to it, and so the waterjet cutting is the preferred method. This method of cutting has no heat-affected zone so it minimizes the effect of heat and allows the metal to be cut without altering or damaging its surface.
Another benefit of waterjet cutting is that its cut is very precise. They are capable of attaining an accuracy of 0.13 mm and repeatability of 0.03 mm. Using waterjet method of cutting gives you a burr-free finish aside from its precision cutting especially for steel and aluminum. This can save you a lot of money since it eliminates secondary surface finishing in most cases.
Waterjet cutting is cutting with great speed. Waterjet cutting is fast and efficient. The reason for the speed is because it is easy to set-up, it is a very fast cutting process compared to other methods, and you don’t need to re-cut because of its precision.
Waterjet is also considered green technology. You cannot find any hazardous waste materials when using waterjet cutting method. With waterjet cutting you can cut large pieces of reusable scrap material so it prevents unnecessary waste of resources which cannot be done with traditional cutting methods.
There are more environmental advantages when you use waterjet cutting for your steel or aluminum. Little water is used in waterjet cutting. Every minute, you only use one half to one gallon of water. The amount depends on the cutting head orifice size.
IF you have a closed looped system, the water used can also be recycled. Since the waste water is clean enough, it can be filtered and disposed of through a drain.
Waterjet removes airborne dust particles, smoke, fumes, and contaminants from cutting materials. This greatly improves the working environment and reduces problems arising from the machine operator’s exposure.The working environment is then improved greatly and the machine operator will have reduced problems from exposure.