Waterjet Cutting Machine

What Materials Are Good for Waterjet Cutting?

Industry experts and those who are seasoned in using this state-of-the-art cutting-edge technology are asserting that waterjet cutting is more than just a unique and highly effective material cutting process. It helps you carry out clean cuts using a variety of materials. 

Since this method of cutting materials does not involve the use of heat, it easily became a sought after method for handling and cutting materials that are heat-sensitive. If you have a project and want to veer your subject material away from heat-induced distortion and heat damage, while at the same time you are ensuring smooth, clean, and immaculate cut — waterjet cutting is the method of choice.  

While many people nowadays tend to associate the use of waterjet machines with metals, there is a sundry of materials that can benefit from this technology. We delve into this in the following section below

Steel 

Waterjet cutting is commonly used in material cutting projects that involve handling and cutting steel and metal. Regardless of the grade of steel, waterjet technology allows you to easily produce seamlessly smooth edges to your object sans excess burr, cracking, burn marks or any other concerns that are usually associated with heat-based cutting. 

When you make use of a heat-based method of cutting, you run the risk of weakening the integrity of the material itself. This is the reason that elevates waterjet technology as the cutting method of choice for many in the industry. 

The complete absence of heat affected zone makes waterjet cutting the favored option when fabricating parts for food processing machines. It is also preferred even in the production and processing of materials for aerospace technology.  

Water Jet Cutting Machine
Water Jet Cutting Machine

Composites

There is a manifold of combination materials that waterjet technology can handle and cut, this is true most especially in the case of reinforced plastics. One of the reasons why waterjet machines are now considered as an imperative tool to use in the racecar and aerospace component fabrication industry is because they can quickly and cleanly cut carbon fiber-reinforced plastics. 

The use of waterjet technology is an assurance in itself that fabrication issues like tool wear or clogging are now a thing of the past. Waterjet machines eliminate the need for change tooling, and will never induce melting. And the best part of it, it is not likely to produce noxious or harmful fumes.

Other Metals 

Besides steel, waterjet technology is also capable of handling and cutting other types of metal. Aluminum is one of these metals. As for alloys, they are more challenging to machine cut because they tend to produce heat and thus the risk of distortion would be incessantly present. 

But generally speaking, all sorts of alloys can be effectively handled with a waterjet. 

Additionally, the waterjet cutting method is a great option when cutting and handling titanium since its inherent level of precision is likely going to minimize the amount of waste materials that will be produced. Alleviation of expected waste is crucial when handling or processing expensive metals such as titanium. 

It is also ideal to use when working on reflective metals such as copper, since it takes away the reflectivity issue, much like how it is when it comes to laser cutting.