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The Advantages of Using Waterjet Cutting to Cut Materials

Waterjet cutting is one of the methods applied for cutting of metal and other substances in an industrial setup. It makes use of an ultra-high pressure waterjet, which is sometimes used together with plasma cutting or an oxy-fuel flame to cut through matter. The fact that a waterjet machine is a precision instrument means that the cut produced is very clean. And the fact that waterjet cutting causes very little wastage of the materials means that it is ideal for working on materials that are quite costly and rare. Industries that need to cut through metals and other hard materials to manufacture and fashion products normally use waterjet cutting. This cutting method has numerous advantages over other traditional cutting methods. The following are just a few of these advantages.

There is no heat involved during cutting. Heat is normally produced when other ways of cutting material are used. The cutting is done at very high temperatures that are capable of melting even metal. Heat may destroy the material being worked on if the material cannot withstand high temperatures. When you expose such material like rubber and wood to heat, they will be damaged such that they will be unusable. Waterjet cutting works on the principle of pressure and therefore can be used to cut such materials safely.

Since waterjet cutting uses a high level of precision means that very little material is wasted during cutting. Waterjet cutting is a precision cutting method. The width of cut when using waterjet cutting could be as little as a millimeter thick. Thus, there is minimal wastage of the material being cut in comparison to the other cutting methods. And since it is carried out using computer software that are quite advanced, it is possible to get even higher degree precision cuts.

Waterjet cutting is applicable for cutting all kinds of material. Other cutting methods such as laser, plasma and use of oxy-fuel flame usually involves generation of heat, sometimes to the thousands of degrees hot. This implies that such methods are not suitable for cutting through materials that are either heat intolerant or soft. But waterjet cutting is quite adaptable to cut all kinds of material, which makes it very useful.

The other benefit of using waterjet cutting is the fact that it leaves very little debris after cutting. Other means of cutting sometimes leave the cut surface warped and deformed such that I needs to be smoothed through grinding of using a sand paper. Conversely, surfaces cut with a waterjet machine hardly need any extra finishing due to the fact that they are normally as clean as they can get. The cleanup work is therefore considerably reduced, meaning that the industry can commit labor to other productive tasks.

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