The use of a waterjet cutting machine has long been around. In the past, it was used to cut lumber from large trees and since that time, it has greatly improved. As a result, it has become a highly-effective method to cut almost any type of flat materials like aluminum and stainless steel.
A waterjet machine makes use of a high-pressure stream of water when cutting or cleaning materials. This cutter is usually connected to a high-pressure pump of water. The water is being ejected from the nozzle and this cuts through the material with high speed water. Additives that are in the form of abrasives are present to help with the said process.
Below are some of the known benefits of using a waterjet machine for aluminum and stainless-steel sheets.
The Power of the Machine
At first, you may not expect that water will be a great and powerful cutting tool. A waterjet cutting machine has the ability to cut through as much as a 10-inch aluminum plate or 8-inch stainless steel.
Since it became more known, waterjet cutting has become the more preferred method for the kind of materials that are sensitive to a high temperature that are usually generated when making use of other methods. Since there will be no heat-affected zone, the effects of heat will be minimized which then allows metals to be cut without damaging or altering the surface of the material that is being cut.
Waterjets are one of the most precise cutting tools due to the fact that they care capable of achieving an accuracy of 0.13mm and repeatability of 0.03mm. Using a waterjet for aluminum and steel provides precision and a burr-free finish. This also helps eliminate the need for any secondary surface finishing, which then equates to saving more money.
The use of a waterjet for cutting projects would mean that this can be done in an efficient and fast way. There are different reasons for this.
- Shorter setup time
- Faster cutting methods
- Re-cutting is minimized due to its precision
A waterjet is considered as a green technology. For one, this is due to the fact there no hazardous waste is produced in the cutting process. Next, since it can cut off re-usable scrap materials, it prevents unnecessary waste that may happen when using a traditional cutting method. This amount will be dependent on the cutting head orifice size. The water can even be recycled with the use of a closed-looped system. The wastewater is also clean enough to filter and dispose of.
Safe Work Environment
With a waterjet, smoke, airborne dust particles, and contaminants are eliminated from cutting materials. This improves the work environment and even reduces problems that arise from the operator’s exposure.
If you need to cut aluminum or steel and you are looking for the right machine to do the job, then a waterjet will be a great choice to consider.