Water jet cutting made its way into the market initially in 1950. From that time on, it has undergone tremendous improvements and proven as a very effective way to cut almost all flat materials, including aluminum and stainless steel.
A waterjet cutter makes use of some high pressure flow of water to cut through or wash materials. This cutter is usually attached to some high-pressure water pump that ejects the water from its nozzle, and then slices through the object using high-pressure water. There can be some type of abrasives, or additives, that help out in this process.
Here are a number of reasons why waterjet cutting is beneficial when it comes to stainless steel and aluminum sheet:
The Strengths of Waterjets
While initially, you probably will not expect the water to actually be a powerful cutting device, waterjets are able to slice through to the extent of an 8-inch plate of stainless steel or 10-inches plate of aluminum.
Waterjet cutting has become a popular method for objects that are susceptible to extreme temperatures usually produced when utilizing other methods. This absence of heat-affected-zone, otherwise HAZ, decreases the effects of such high temperature that allows the cutting of metal without changing or else damaging the objects being cut on the surface.
A waterjet is a highly precise cutting device with a precision of 0.13 mm (0.005″) as well as repeatability of 0.03 mm (0.001″). Water jet cutting for your aluminum or stainless steel is both precise and delivers a barb-free finish. This eliminates having to do a secondary finishing in a lot of cases, and so it becomes cost-efficient.
Cutting tasks that are performed utilizing water jets are efficient and can be completed immediately. This is due to the reasons that follow:
1. The times spent to set up a waterjet cutter are short.
2.The cutting process is more immediate over other methods.
3. Re-cutting becomes unnecessary because of the waterjet’s accuracy.
Waterjets make use of green technology For one no hazardous matter is produced in the process. Secondly, because large chunks of reusable scrap objects can be sliced off, waterjets prevent unwanted waste that occurs whenever using conventional cutting techniques.
Using the waterjet cutter for steel and aluminum is even more beneficial. The waterjet does not use too much water. It actually consumes about one half gallon to a gallon of water per minute. The amount will depend on the opening size of the water jet’s cutting head.
Plus, water that is already used is recyclable with the application of some closed-looped strategy. Waste water maybe filtered and disposed of in the drain because it is clean enough most of the time.
Safer Work Atmosphere
Waterjet cutters eliminate airborne dust elements. smoke, fumes, and other contaminants as a result of cutting materials. The machine operator’s work situation becomes a lot better and problems resulting from exposure are less likely to happen.