What is waterjet cutting?
Waterjet cutting is the process off using a high pressure (approx 60,000 psi) to cut virtually any material. The jet is focused through an orifice 0.7mm in diameter, at speeds up to mach 3 (3 times the speed of sound). It is the most versatile method of cutting because there is no tooling required, and therefore no expensive tool making costs, and it can cut virtually any material.
What are the benefits of waterjet cutting?
Waterjet cutting allows the customer far more control over what they pay, and how many other processes they can avoid. Waterjet cutting allows a variation in cut speed and hence cut finish. The slower the speed the better the finish and less work for the customer afterwards. However, equally if a faster finish (which is still better than plasma) is acceptable for the end application the costs can be brought down considerably.
It's a cold cutting process so it won't change the properties of your materials, allowing secondary processes such as welding or precision machining to be much easier.
Waterjet cutting is environmentally friendly. It does not create any vapours or odours - its simply water!
How does waterjet cutting compare to other methods?
It is fast, efficient and clean. As previously mentioned, it will not change the properties of your material.
Grinding and machining generate dusty atmospheres, and cutting plastic with heat can create toxic fumes all of which can lead to health problems. It can be time consuming to risk assess these factors and expensive to implement measures to control them. Waterjet cutting eliminates this completely.
Quality of cut can be varied allowing for additional operations to be eliminated, and reducing the cost once the parts have left our workshop.
Here at Western Waterjet Ltd we will endeavour to do our best to help everyone. We are able to help provide an accurate CAD drawing of what you require. However if you are able to provide CAD files we are also able to adapt to this and use your CAD file as a cutting file.
The next step is what material would you like? Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Titainium, Brass, Copper. How thick does it need to be? We are able to help you with this, getting materials and working out how heavey gaugue you need it to be.
Thirdly, Quotation is worked out and given to yourselves.
Finally, Once quotation is accepted, material is ordered and is cut and cleaned. Delivered or collected.