When it comes to metal cutting, there are lots of ways that this task can be done. Some have a simple design and some are crude as hack saw and there are also into more technical like plasma and laser cutting tools. Of course, similar to other metal cutting technologies and products, there are also downsides to each.
These are about anything from heat that causes deformities along with cut line to rough mess edge left over. In addition to that, some things can and can’t be cut with different methods and this is the time where water jet cutting enters the picture. In the next paragraphs, you are going to learn the different benefits of this method.
Number 1. No heat – in comparison to other known methods, water jet cutting doesn’t create heat. What this mean is that, there’s no warping, distorting or melting along edges which help in making a more precise cut especially for complicated parts.
Number 2. Precision – this method as what said earlier provides extreme precision. Such technology gives the ability of making precision cuts at tolerance that is almost 0.005″. Of course, you must know that this is not cheap and because it has a high precision, it translates to higher set up cost of the cutter and the materials required to do the cut. But the great news is it’s doable. The cut is no doubt precise for everything is done automatically via computer installed with specialized software.
Number 3. Versatility – there are so many ways that work beautifully with different materials but not with others. Water jet cutting lets the cutting of almost any materials effectively. Noted exception is the tempered glass and for sure, there are couple of specialized materials that it will not work with. But with other materials, it can sure cut with great precision similar to steels, all kinds of marble, wood, composites, aluminum, plastics and rubber.
Number 4. Clean up and time – clean up is another wonderful benefit of using this technology. Due to the reason that there’s no slag as well as little to no burr on parts, there’s little need for doing cleanup or even secondary finishing operation like sanding or grinding. This made the cut to move quicker and lets the job done faster compared to other cutting techniques.
Other known benefits of using water jet cutting methods are fast turnaround time from drawing board to cutting the product, structural properties of materials aren’t affected as it’s cold cutting, quick setup time and high speed for faster completion of the job.