The Best Materials For Waterjet Cutting

Vest Profiling is a leading fabrication company in Klipriver, providing waterjet cutting to ensure high-precision results.

Manufacturers commonly use waterjet cutting in two ways. Pure waterjet cutting, which only uses the water stream, is used for soft materials such as foam or paper. A granular abrasive is added to the water stream in abrasive waterjet cutting to easily cut hard materials such as metal and ceramics.

Most material cut by abrasive waterjet cutting is 7 cm or less thick, and some users have reported cutting material up to 30 cm thick. It is critical to understand that cutting parts from thicker material reduces the tolerance of the material and takes longer to cut.

Suitable Material For Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting suits all metals and results in a smooth edge with no burn marks or cracking. Furthermore, there are no heat-affected zones. Aluminium is one of the most commonly cut metals because waterjet cutting is a quick and clean procedure. In addition, brass alloys are cut quickly and neatly without thermal distortion. Because copper is a reflective metal, it may present a challenge for laser cutting, making it ideal for waterjet cutting.

Waterjet cutting is also excellent for machining glass, stone, or wood. The process removes more debris from ceramic than static cutting. However, tempered glass is not suitable for waterjet cutting due to its design to shatter into tiny pieces.

Abrasive waterjet cutting for composites has several advantages, including no heat build-up or melting, no hazardous fumes released, quick and clean cuts, and no need to change tooling. Because of its fast and clean results, abrasive waterjet cutting is ideal for aerospace and automotive applications. Furthermore, immersing fibreglass during the cutting process produces no hazardous dust or fumes.

Unlike traditional CNC machines, waterjet cutting does not cause material distortions and can easily cut foam, rubber, and acrylic, making it indispensable in any machine shop. In addition, abrasive waterjet cutting cleanly cuts through fibre-reinforced and very hard rubber, whereas pure waterjet cutting processes are ideal for cutting softer rubber.

Contact Vest Profiling For Details

Vest Profiling offers waterjet cutting services to ensure high-precision results on all your fabrication projects. Our highly skilled engineers will consult with you on standard or custom designs and the material of your choice. Contact us today for more information.

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