An introduction to waterjet cuttingCutting steel, concrete, glass and marble with water - sounds a bit far-fetched doesn’t...
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Cutting steel, concrete, glass and marble with water - sounds a bit far-fetched doesn’t it? Way back in the 1950s, a forestry engineer by the name of Norman Franz started fiddling around with a high-pressure water stream to cut lumber.

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  1. 1. An introduction to waterjet cuttingCutting steel, concrete, glass and marble with water - sounds a bit far-fetched doesn’t it? Wayback in the 1950s, a forestry engineer by the name of Norman Franz started fiddling around witha high-pressure water stream to cut lumber. His aim was to streamline the process and reducethe strain on traditional cutting equipment such as saw blades, which easily became blunt andneeded replacing. From these humble beginnings an idea was born, and over the next couple ofdecades, water cutting became an unparalleled method for cutting materials of all types, shapesand sizes.The end product?A waterjet cutter – a machine capable of slicing metal and other materialssuch as granite and marble with unbelievable accuracy. It does this by using a jet of water athigh velocity and pressure, sometimes mixed with an abrasive substance, depending on thematerial that is being cut. Waterjet cutters are usually used to cut materials such as rubber,foam, plastics, leather, composites, stone, tiles, metals, food and paper. However, they can’t cuttempered glass, diamonds and certain ceramics.Why is water cutting better than traditional cutting methods?Perhaps the most important benefit of waterjetsare their ability to cut material without the heatcaused by the friction associated with most other methods. This is especially important whencutting metals, where excessive heat can harm and change the intrinsic properties of the metal,rendering areas close to the cut useless.Another main benefit of waterjets is their versatility. When used with specialised software and3D machining heads, a waterjet cutter can produce complex 3D shapes in a wide variety ofmaterials. In fact, waterjets can make cuts as small as 0.01 mm – approximately the width of ahuman hair!This preferred cutting method is also the most efficient and environmentally friendly available.This is because it produces no hazardous waste, greatly reducing the costs associated withwaste disposal. It also maximises material use, saving large amounts that would be lost if doneby traditional cutting methods. It also eliminates airborne dust particles, smoke, fumes andcontaminants.How fast does the water shoot out and how much water is used?One of the first questions anyone asks when they are told water can cut materials such as steelis “how fast is the water going?” Most cutters can produce a speed of around 1500 kilometresper hour, and more advanced machines are capable of producing streams of water that travel atmore than 3000 kilometres per hour! Despite this, the machines use a relatively small amount ofwater because the jet is so concentrated. On top of this, the water that is used can be (and mostoften is) recycled through a closed-looped system.We hope this brief introduction to waterjet machines has answered any questions you may havehad about this unique and innovative cutting method. If you are seeking qualified professionals
  2. 2. for waterjet cutting in the Brisbane area, we recommend Metfit Industries (http://www.metfitindustries.com.au ). They have extensive experience working with thistechnology, and enjoy a great reputation in the area for custom-made solutions.Choose the experienced Sheet Metal Fabrication Company that provides innovative andexcellent Sheet Metal Fabrication, Water Jet Cutting, Laser Cutting, Welding, and may moreengineering services as per your requirements.
  3. 3. Article or Blog Theme-An introduction to waterjet cuttingSummary- Perhaps the most important benefit of waterjetsare their ability to cut materialwithout the heat caused by the friction associated with most other methods. Read this articlethat gives a brief introduction to waterjet cutting.Article Body-Cutting steel, concrete, glass and marble with water - sounds a bit far-fetched doesn’t it? Wayback in the 1950s, a forestry engineer by the name of Norman Franz started fiddling around witha high-pressure water stream to cut lumber. His aim was to streamline the process and reducethe strain on traditional cutting equipment such as saw blades, which easily became blunt andneeded replacing. From these humble beginnings an idea was born, and over the next couple ofdecades, water cutting became an unparalleled method for cutting materials of all types, shapesand sizes.The end product?A waterjet cutter – a machine capable of slicing metal and other materialssuch as granite and marble with unbelievable accuracy. It does this by using a jet of water athigh velocity and pressure, sometimes mixed with an abrasive substance, depending on thematerial that is being cut. Waterjet cutters are usually used to cut materials such as rubber,foam, plastics, leather, composites, stone, tiles, metals, food and paper. However, they can’t cuttempered glass, diamonds and certain ceramics.Why is water cutting better than traditional cutting methods?Perhaps the most important benefit of waterjetsare their ability to cut material without the heatcaused by the friction associated with most other methods. This is especially important whencutting metals, where excessive heat can harm and change the intrinsic properties of the metal,rendering areas close to the cut useless.Another main benefit of waterjets is their versatility. When used with specialised software and3D machining heads, a waterjet cutter can produce complex 3D shapes in a wide variety ofmaterials. In fact, waterjets can make cuts as small as 0.01 mm – approximately the width of ahuman hair!This preferred cutting method is also the most efficient and environmentally friendly available.This is because it produces no hazardous waste, greatly reducing the costs associated withwaste disposal. It also maximises material use, saving large amounts that would be lost if doneby traditional cutting methods. It also eliminates airborne dust particles, smoke, fumes andcontaminants.How fast does the water shoot out and how much water is used?One of the first questions anyone asks when they are told water can cut materials such as steelis “how fast is the water going?” Most cutters can produce a speed of around 1500 kilometresper hour, and more advanced machines are capable of producing streams of water that travel atmore than 3000 kilometres per hour! Despite this, the machines use a relatively small amount ofwater because the jet is so concentrated. On top of this, the water that is used can be (and mostoften is) recycled through a closed-looped system.
  4. 4. We hope this brief introduction to waterjet machines has answered any questions you may havehad about this unique and innovative cutting method. If you are seeking qualified professionalsfor <a href="http://www.metfitindustries.com.au/">waterjet cutting</a> in the Brisbane area, werecommend Metfit Industries. They have extensive experience working with this technology, andenjoy a great reputation in the area for custom-made solutions.Choose the experienced Sheet Metal Fabrication Company that provides innovative andexcellent <a href="http://www.metfitindustries.com.au/"> Sheet Metal Fabrication</a>, WaterJet Cutting, Laser Cutting, Welding, and may more engineering services as per yourrequirements.

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