Waterjet cutting machinery was added to our fleet of profiling equipment in 2011 to widen our capabilities and to allow us to profile from more materials than ever before
Waterjet machinery uses a high pressure jet of water with an abrasive additive (garnet) to profile materials up to 150mm in thickness.This type of machinery can cut almost any material including metallics, engineering plastics, stone and composites with high accuracy and high cut quality edge.Unlike laser machinery, cut speeds on waterjets can be altered to suit the application; high speeds can be used where quality is not paramount and to keep costs down or can be reduced to achieve the best quality cut possible.
Our machinery utilises a dynamic head which has the ability to alter itself (tilt) to compensate for any taper that is traditional when cutting thicker materials. This, coupled with high power pumps enables us to profile at speeds faster than ever before possible, helping to provide not only a high quality product but one at a competitive cost.As this style of profiling is non-thermal, no Heat Affected Zone (HAZ) is present which is particularly sought after by the Aerospace and Marine sectors.
An important benefit of the water jet cutter is its ability to cut material without interfering with the material's inherent structure as there is no "heat affected zone" or HAZ. This allows metals to be cut without harming or changing their intrinsic properties.
Water jet cutters are also capable of producing rather intricate cuts in material. The kerf, or width, of the cut can be changed by changing parts in the nozzle, as well as the type and size of abrasive. Typical abrasive cuts are made with a kerf in the range of 0.04" to 0.05", but can be as narrow as 0.02". Non-abrasive cuts are normally 0.007" to 0.013", but can be as small as 0.003", which is approximately the size of a human hair. These small cutters can make very small detail possible in a wide range of applications.