Pure water cutting is primarily used to cut soft materials such as rubber, foam or plastic. Filtered tap water is pressurised to in excess of 50,000psi then forced through a tiny head which focuses the beam of water into a very powerful and accurate stream capable of cutting very accurately.
To cut ‘hard’ materials or any material containing glass or metal, an additional abrasive must be used. The principles of abrasive water jet cutting are similar to pure water jet cutting, but within the nozzle is a mixing chamber where the garnet is introduced. Abrasive cutting is typically used when cutting materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, stone, ceramics and composites.
Both cutting methods are controlled by a CNC controller, offering excellent accuracy and the ability to easily repeat processes. The CNC controller is programmed by drawing the part to be cut using CAD software.
To discuss your waterjet cutting needs call 01752 696100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.