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.
The JET-FEED Garnet Delivery System from Flexicon automatically feeds garnet directly from bulk bags to waterjet cutters to eliminate worker fatigue, potential injury, labor, spillage, dust, downtime and higher material cost associated with manually dumping heavy bags.
FiveX abrasive waterjets from Water Jet Sweden can perform five-axis 3D finishing of fabricated structures, pressed parts, molded composite parts and other 3D parts made of hardened steel, titanium, Kevlar and carbon fiber.
Hypertherm will showcase precision plasma cutting and predictive waterjet technologies, specialty torches and consumables, new versions of ProNest and Robotmaster software, and live demonstrations of the Powermax air plasma system.
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