Waterjet Applications

Hoosier Waterjet


a division of High Performance Alloys, Inc.

Waterjet Applications

 

Waterjet Applications Overview

 

Waterjets are used today to quickly and precisely cut materials in preparation for their next operation, or in many cases - to be used with the as-cut finish supplied from the machine.

 

Applications in metal

 

With good nesting, material yields can rise to new levels. Through the use of shared line cutting, where two parts are created with a common line between them, the cutting time can be dramatically reduced.

Portions of a part being cut can be cut very precisely, allowing little or no subsequent finishing required on that surface. These precise edges are not shared line cuts, but cut individually to reduce the amount of taper left by the cutting stream.

Through use of garnet abrasive fed into the high pressure cutting stream, material is worn away in a repeatable manner. This abrasion can cut through the toughest of materials such as carbides and tool steels.

 

Applications in plastic

 

Plastics cut much quicker than metals, and can be cut with knives, hot wires, and even through shearing. The largest avantage to using waterjet over these methods is the repeatablity of the process. As long as the same settings are used, the part will be produced the same each time.

No special tooling or set up is required to make cuts into plastic. A finishing operation may be required to remove burrs though, such as through a heat gun or flame.

 

Applications in stone

 

Natural or man-made stone and tile can be cut economically. Utilizing a precise cut speed, the amount of edge finishing time required is minimized. Cuts are straight, perpendicular to surface and repeatable.