Over the years, waterjet cutting has become an increasingly popular cutting method used for a wide variety of projects. Compared with other cutting methods, waterjet cutting yields cleaner results, more precision and reduced costs without some of the drawbacks associated with other methods.
How Does Waterjet Cutting Work?
Waterjet cutting machines use a high-pressure stream of water, which is then converted to velocity via a jewel orifice, which then creates a stream as fine as human hair. The high-velocity process can cut through almost any material. When using abrasive cutting techniques, garnet, the abrasive material is introduced into the stream to increase pressure, resulting in a cutting velocity which is much faster. The force of the water and abrasive creates something akin to a liquid sandpaper mixture that erodes the material at a rapid pace.
From there, the abrasive jet stream is moved across the material, adhering to the measurements input into the control system. The ideal movement speed depends on several factors, including the material, the shape of the part, the water pressure and the type of abrasive.
Benefits of Waterjet Cutting
Cuts virtually any material
No secondary finishing required
Cold cutting process
Reduces dust & hazardous gases
Saves raw material
Useful to a Variety of Industries
The diversity of a waterjet machine’s cutting ability allows the machine to be incredibly useful and valuable for a wide variety of industries. Here are a few industries that benefit from waterjet cutting:
Reiter’s WaterJet Cutting Services
At Reiter’s, we use our waterjet in several different ways. This piece of equipment has become an integral part of the services we offer. Our services expanded to include cutting of plastic, granite, aluminum, stainless steel and mild steel.
Reiter’s Other Fabrication Services
Reiter’s has a state-of-the-art in-house fabrication shop with full capabilities. Our expert fabricators handle custom design and installation of everything from stairs and mezzanines to pump skids and structural steel layouts. Utilizing our extensive list of fabrication equipment, Reiter’s can complete all your fabrication needs.