Written by Techni’s Service Staff
One of the major advantage that Waterjets offer is the ability of cutting virtually any type of material, depending on the type of industry they can be the ideal solution.
MILD STEEL, STAINLESS STEEL, HARDENED STEEL 60RC
Thanks to the latest technology improvements, Waterjets are now a valid alternative over Plasma and Laser machines. Water jet is a cold process and therefore doesn’t generate any structural distortion on the material, and assures a high edge quality.
Waterjet is preferred over other technologies because, as it happens with metals, aluminium is cut with no thermal distortion. It works perfectly with Superalloy such as Inconel and Hastelloy. Largely used in the aerospace industry, these very strong corrosion resistant materials made of Aluminium and Chromium, are machined with ease and accuracy on Techni Waterjet Systems.
The common idea is that waterjet can’t be used for wood cutting because of swelling issues. However, during the process, the stream of water is accelerated through the material so quickly that there is no surface wetness, given that appropriate splashback protection is prepared.
It can be challenging to cut titanium using other technologies. Waterjet is the ideal solution because it doesn’t distort its structure and makes it easy to nest parts.
While reflective materials cannot be cut on a Laser machine, waterjets are able to process copper without any thermal distortion or any gumming issue.
Again, the laser beam can be reflected and transmitted back through the beam delivery optics, and into the Laser machine itself. It is instead a perfect fit on a waterjet that can cut it precisely and without thermal distortion.
Nickel-based Superalloys are widely used for aerospace aircraft engines and gas turbine. Machining nickel alloys using conventional machining process is difﬁcult, although waterjet process is highly capable of cutting these materials even at high thickness.
In the Glass Industry the waterjet technology is widely used. Without any tooling or setup changes you can go from cutting the most delicate led light glass, to the strongest bullet-proof panels.
The very fine cutting stream (approximately 1mm or 0.040″) enables waterjet glass cutting of almost any shape.
- RUBBER, FOAM, PLASTIC, FOOD
When cutting soft materials like rubber, plastics and foam, there is no need for abrasives. The pure stream of water cuts fast and with a very narrow kerf. The waterjet process also guarantees no melting occur to the material.
MARBLE, GRANITE, QUARTZITE, NEOLITH, DEKTON, CONCRETE, CERAMICS
Techni Waterjet machines are the preferred cutting tool for Stone fabricators. Due to the very fine stream diameter, parts are nested very close together resulting in simple vein matching of sheet stock. The high edge quality ensures minimal polishing work is required after cutting.
- CARBON FIBRE
Mostly used in the aerospace industry, this highly engineered material can be cut quickly and without any melting issue by waterjets.
One of the most effective method for cutting Kevlar is indeed waterjet. Alike carbon fibre, Kevlar fibres can be abrasive, therefore traditional cutting tools wear quickly. In addition, melting or burning process can cause a severe overheating that ultimately affects the quality of the edges.