5-Axis ‚3D Waterjet Cutting System Eliminates Taper
The EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet cutting system from Jet Edge cuts sophisticated, precise taper-free parts, such as impellers, from virtually any material and bevels up to 50 deg.
Jet Edge, Inc. (St. Michael, MN) introduces their new EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet cutting system that cuts precise taper-free parts from virtually any material. The system is capable of cutting sophisticated 3D parts such as impellers and bevels up to 50 deg.
This workhorse waterjet system is designed to provide years of dependable service in harsh industrial environments. Its sturdy design separates the motion system from the catcher tank, eliminating vibration and ensuring maximum part quality.
The EDGE X-5 utilizes an industrial PC controller. It is ball-screw driven for optimal precision and features direct-couple AC brushless digital servo motors and single or double carriages. Critical bearing components are protected with heavy metal covers with brush seals and positive air pressure. The Jet Edge EDGE X-5 waterjet machine is available in many sizes, from 5 ft x 5 ft to 24 ft x 13 ft. An optional second cutting head can be added to double productivity.
Michael Waltrip of Michael Waltrip Racing demonstrates how the EDGE X-5 system is equipped with a 5-axis head for cutting beveled and taper-free parts and a 3-axis head for cutting standard parts.
The 100 hp, 90 ksi (75 kw, 6200 bar) X-Stream xP90-100 waterjet intensifier pump supports 75 ksi (5,200 bar) continuous operating pressure. The X-Stream achieves much faster cutting speeds and drastically lowers operating costs compared to traditional 60 ksi (4,100 bar) water jet pumps, enabling users to increase productivity and reduce part costs.
The X-Stream produces 50 percent more pressure than a 60 ksi (4,100 bar) intensifier pump, resulting in a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in productivity for many materials. Compared to a 60 ksi (4,100 bar) pump, typical operating pressures of 75 ksi (5,200 bar) use 30 percent less water, 30 percent less power, and up to 50 percent less abrasive, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in operating costs.
The xP90-100 is capable of producing flow rates of 1.45 gpm (5.49 L/m) and supports up to a .017 in (.43 mm) orifice. Fittings and tubing are rated for 100ksi (6,900 bar). The X-Stream is backed by nearly ten years of extensive research and development in hyper-pressure technology. The X-Stream also is available in a 50 hp (37 kw) model.