Water Jet technology continues to augment and replace other cutting techniques in the manufacturing industry. Here at Wet Jet Precision, water jet cutting was how we got our start (as the name implies). In fact, the jets were so well liked they developed names like Phoebe and Katie. So how does it work? A water jet cuts with erosion. Abrasive sand, most often garnet, and water ejected from the nozzle at 50,000-90,000 psi created a powerful erosive action that gives a precise cut. Many materials like rubber, glass and plastics only require water to cut. Most water jets have the ability to use just water or water with sand with the click of a button. The abrasive sand is about half of the machines operating cost so cutting “water only” when possible is less expensive. The traditional water jet can cut finished parts to an accuracy of +/- .005 to .015 in. A water jet’s abrasive stream can cut thru almost any material from 1ft thick metal and stone to thinner more delicate glass and plastics. This versatile cutting ability makes it a great asset to turn key manufacturing. So, here are the key points to remember with water jets:
Versatility- Its greatest asset. Cuts any grade or type of metal and nonmetal alike from titanium to paper.
Nondistorting- It’s a cold cutting process so it does not warp or distort the material.
Low cutting force- Only about a pound of cutting force is exerted on a part as it is cut.
Cuts thick material- Precision cutting can be done up to 3in thick and rough cutting up to 1 ft.
Eco Friendly- The cutting process emits no toxic vapors and creates no hazardous waste.