Water cutting – what does it mean?
Water cutting is a separating material with water (with or without abrasive.) dedicated to almost every existing material. Begin with metal, through the glass and even wood. If the treated part can't be exposed to the influence of a high temperature due to a lack of heat-affected zone, abrasive cutting is the only option. Cut edges don’t melt and maintain very high quality (no need for additional treatment). Water cut plastics and other materials: plexiglass, PVC, rubber, sponge, glass, stone, leather, and more.
Cutting precision thanks to water cutting (pure or abrasive)
- Tiny cutting width ± 0,1 mm allows for optimal material’s exploitation
- Temperature during cutting doesn’t exceed 40°C, so cut edges don’t discolor and do not harden thermally. It makes conventional secondary operations such as reaming or tapping easier to perform
- High qualitative, precise effect of cut edges (also with a maximum skew of 46°)
- Possibility of cutting extra small and extra huge parts (to 2000 x 4000 mm)
- Possibility of cutting both hard materials (stone, steel etc.) and mild ones (glass, rubber etc.) to 200 mm
- Possibility of serial and singular production
- Lack of harm dusts and pollution
- Fast and easy programming
- Setting short cycles parts
- Wide range of cut thicknesses
- Outstanding precision
A key reason why plasma-equipped workshops purchase precision water cutting machines is to obtain orders for non-conductive materials and precision parts manufacturing.
Waterjet – advantages of water cutting
Waterjet is a cutting under a huge pressure of waterjet. Waterjets attract attention because they are used to process almost any material. It happens due to the lack of thermal impact on the raw material and its properties. That is why water cutting is also called "cold" technology. A clean stream of water is used to cut through soft materials. In the case of a harder material, water cutting is enriched with abrasive i.e. a garnet with a strictly defined grammage.
What can waterjet cut?
- brittle materials (glass, ceramics, tiles, stoneware)
- non-ferrous metals and their alloys
- stainless steel
- carbon steel
- cardboard and paper packaging
- wood and wood-like materials
- rubber and other plastics
- stone (marble, granite)
- hard and soft foams