Water Jet Cutting
Advantages of water jet cutting technology:
No heat zones,
does not generate material stress,
no material deformation,
no structural change
low environmental impact: no micro-dust, smoke or vapors
No resharpening of the tool
Small kerf width, little material removal, good material utilization, high nesting density
Low tangential forces on the workpiece
2D and 3D machining
No dripping slags or melts
Easy to use
No thickness restrictions (as of 2017: cutting thicknesses in the full material up to 300 mm thick)
Hardly any material restrictions, cuts almost everything and is probably considered the most universal tool
Can also be used for cleaning and deburring, surface cleaning
Use also suitable for removing material
High cutting edge quality, rarely post-processing required for a quality cut
Generates finished parts – this eliminates the time-consuming post-processing (turning, milling) of parts
The investment amount for such water cutting systems has become significantly lower in recent years!
The economy of such a system can be significantly improved by multi-head technology and is now considered common.
Disadvantages of water jet cutting technology:
Partially low cutting speed, so there are potential limitations
Large series production if you do not work with multi-head technology.
Moisture and direct contact with water, therefore limited possibilities of use where contact with water or high air humidity due to the material / environment must be avoided.
Caster when the water jet emerges, which means that the cutting speed must be reduced in corners and tight radii unless a special swivel head technology is used.
Beam noise can be very high when cutting above water.
Careful water treatment is necessary and sensible.
Disposal of the sludge must be clarified.
Sometimes high electrical connection power is required, although the trend is clearly towards energy-saving pumps.