Waterjet Cutting for Heat Sensitive Materials

Waterjet cutting is a method often preferred when working with softer, or heat-sensitive materials. There are two types of waterjet cutting – both methods use a high-pressure jet, but one is plain water, often used on materials such as rubber or wood. The other method is water plus an abrasive substance such as granite. 

Waterjet cutting is a popular choice when working with machine parts, particularly in the mining and aerospace industries as it is ideal for jobs needing very close tolerance and no machining. 

Why Choose Waterjet Cutting

One of the main benefits of using waterjet cutting is there is no heat-affected zone, and the method does not interfere with the structure of the material. This means cutting can be done without any damage to materials, and give much finer details when working with corners, holes and more complex and intricate designs. 

Waterjet cutting is also a great way to reduce the amount of scrap metal due to its efficiency and accuracy. It also allows for water to be used in a recyclable closed-looped system and as there are no contaminants in the water it can be easily and safely disposed of after use. There are also fewer dust particles and fumes, making it a safer option for operators to use. 

Waterjet cutting is also one of the most versatile methods and can be used across all industries including textiles, plastics food and paper amongst others. 

Cost of Waterjet Cutting

The basic cost involved when using the waterjet cutting method is more expensive than options such as plasma cutting, but as there is no need for machining afterwards there is less time and labour involved which in the long run may save you money. 

If you are unsure of the best option for your business, or should you require more information on waterjet cutting, speak to the friendly and professional team at Steelmor, one of the leading companies in the steel and metal manufacturing industry. 

Contact us on 011 747 5700