This technology involves a cold cutting process that uses pure supersonic water, or water and abrasive, to erode material. An ultrahigh-pressure pump generates a stream of water with extreme pressure that is converted into velocity via a tiny jewel orifice, creating a supersonic stream as small as a human hair to cut soft materials. Garnet can be added to this supersonic stream to greatly increase cutting power. Water and garnet can exit the cutting head at nearly four times the speed of sound, making the waterjet capable of cutting steel over one foot thick. Pure and abrasive waterjet technologies combined can cut virtually any material, any shape, at any thickness. Pure waterjet cuts soft materials like gasket, foam, plastic, paper, disposable diapers, insulation, cement board, automotive interiors, carpet, food. Abrasive waterjet can cut hard materials like metal, ceramic, stone, glass and composites.
Gopher Motorsports has enlisted Jet Edge to cut carbon composite, steel and aluminum parts for their Formula SAE race car using waterjet technology.
From metal service centers in the U.S to industrial plant contractors in Turkey, fabricators everywhere are discovering how 5-axis waterjet cutting capabilities can be used to grow their business in heavy industrial applications.
The move to higher pressure has improved the productivity of waterjet cutting systems, but the increase in jet velocity is actually the driving force behind these dramatic gains in efficiency.
Abrasive waterjet micro machining technology created 23 of the parts used in the fingers, hand, wrist, arm and shoulder of the first Modular Prosthetic Limbs worn and controlled by a bilateral shoulder-level amputee.
Precision Waterjet Concepts uses waterjet cutting systems from Jet Edge to cut virtually any material, especially AR Plating and titanium.
Soitaab’s two-in-one Dualine performs both low-cost, high-speed plasma cutting and versatile, accurate waterjet cutting. Users can perform both processes on the same workpiece or use the machine solely as a waterjet or solely as a plasma cutter.
With a cutting area of 10 feet by 5 feet, 2 inches and a multiaxis cutting head that automatically removes the taper, Omax’s Maxiem 1530 produces clean, precise cuts in common sheet metal plate sizes with room to spare. The waterjet system includes pump and software.
Available in three models featuring 4-by-4, 4-by-8, and 5-by-10-foot cutting areas, Koike Aronson Ransome’s ShopJet can be shipped on a standard 8-foot truck to fit into any size shop. Get 2,200 pounds of free abrasive with every machine order.
Metal Forming & Fabricating Industry News
Tooling Manufacturer Adds Third Lucifer Furnace
A Connecticut-based manufacturer has installed a Lucifer 7GT-H19 for heat treating in a nitrogen-based atmosphere. The energy-efficient unit heats to 2100 F is regulated by a Honeywell digital controller.
New Data Definitions Added to Industry Terminology Standard
Additive manufacturing, robotics, and machine tools are among the updates to MTConnect Institute’s 1.6.0 version released last fall. One unexpected but highly relevant term – humidity – is significant to AM processes and therefore included in the new version.