Waterjet Cutting


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Learn all about waterjet cutting (abrasive and non-abrasive) and learn about it's benefits in manufacturing.

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  • The basic technology is both simple and extremely complex. At its most basic, water flows from a pump, through plumbing and out a cutting head. It is simple to explain, operate and maintain. The process, however, incorporates extremely complex materials technology and design.
    To generate and control water at pressures of 87,000 psi requires science and technology not taught in universities. At these pressures a slight leak can cause permanent erosion damage to components if not properly designed. The water jet manufacturers take care of the complex materials technology and cutting-edge engineering. The user need only be knowledgeable in the basic water jet operation.

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Waterjet Cutting

  1. 1. Learn all about…Waterjet Cutting<br />What it is, how it works, and why<br />
  2. 2. What is waterjet cutting?<br />Waterjet cutting is… <br />A method of manufacturing that uses a high pressure water stream to cut through material <br />Pressure of the water gets up to (and sometimes more than) 60,000 PSI <br />Water exits the nozzle in the cutting head with a cutting diameter of 0.020” to 0.060” <br />
  3. 3. What is waterjet cutting? (cont.)<br />Waterjet cutting…<br />Uses garnet abrasive combined with the cutting stream to cut through the material <br />Processes up to 12” thick material <br />This includes: <br />Rubber<br />Stainless Steel<br />Carbon Steel <br />Plastic<br />Copper<br />Brass<br />Armor Plating<br />Aluminum<br />
  4. 4. Advantages of Waterjet Cutting<br />There are no heat affected zones (HAZ) <br />The material does not get warped, discolored or hardened<br />Ability to manufacture burr-free parts<br />No jagged edges or burrs<br />Near net shape cutting<br />Eliminates the need for secondary operations<br />Can cut through thick materials <br />Up to 12” in thickness<br />
  5. 5. Material Options<br /><ul><li>Ceramic Tile
  6. 6. Urethane
  7. 7. Neoprene
  8. 8. Silicone
  9. 9. Mesh
  10. 10. Delrin
  11. 11. Felt
  12. 12. Honeycomb
  13. 13. Linoleum</li></ul>Stainless Steels<br />Carbon Steels<br />Red Metals<br />Aluminum <br />Steel Alloys<br />Exotic Metals<br />Ballistics<br />Armor Plating<br />Plastics<br /><ul><li>Rubber
  14. 14. Composites
  15. 15. Glass
  16. 16. Titanium
  17. 17. Copper
  18. 18. Brass
  19. 19. Inconel
  20. 20. Acetal
  21. 21. Nylon</li></li></ul><li>Non-Abrasive Waterjet Cutting<br />This process uses no abrasive in the cutting stream, just high pressure water<br />Used to cut soft, thin, or porous material <br />Silicone<br />VCT (tile)<br />Foam<br />Felt<br />Cork<br />Teflon<br />Neoprene<br />Composites<br />Plastic<br />
  22. 22. Why use waterjet cutting?<br />When companies outsource work to manufacture their custom products proficiently, waterjet cutting is often an advantageous option<br />Waterjet cutting allows for fast turnaround times<br />It’s also a very efficient cutting method<br />No burr<br />No heat affected zones<br />Multiple head cutting allows nesting of parts which is like ‘multi-tasking’ for the waterjet, as it is able to cut numerous parts at once<br />
  23. 23. Photo Gallery<br />
  24. 24. Photo Gallery<br />Abrasive Waterjet<br />
  25. 25. Photo Gallery<br />9.25” Aluminum<br />Red Tinted Glass<br />
  26. 26. Photo Gallery<br />
  27. 27. Thank You<br />Do you have any questions on waterjet cutting? <br />Email us at Sarahw@fedtech.com<br />You can also follow us on Twitter!<br />@Fedtechinc<br />See our cutting videos on Youtube as well!<br />Username: Waterjetter08<br />