3 Advantages of Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutter in action

When customers need a cost-effective, efficient way to cut heat sensitive materials, we often recommend waterjet cutting.  To begin our discussion, it is helpful to have a good grasp of what waterjet cutting is, which TheFabricator provides, “Just call it rapid erosion. Waterjet cutting relies on a high-pressure water pump to push water through a nozzle where the water is mixed with an abrasive, such as garnet or aluminum oxide. The combination of the jet of high-speed water and abrasives erodes the material at which the nozzle is aimed.”  At Machitech Automation, our waterjet cutting systems provide versatility in a unitized system.  They are specifically designed for high precision cutting on a heavy unitized frame that can be increased in size as the customer’s needs grow.  Our systems boast an innovative inverse rail system, bellow protection and exceptional accuracy and cut quality. They are available in the following dimensions – 10’ x 5’, 12’ x 6’, 10’ x 20’ and custom dimensions are also available.  Waterjet cutting systems provide a variety of advantages and we outline three of the most significant benefits below.

  1. Versatility

    • One of the biggest advantages of waterjet cutting is the versatility of materials it can cut.  Waterjet systems can cut metal, rubber, glass and more.  By investing in one waterjet system, your metal fabrication shop will be able to cut a diverse selection of materials.  Waterjet systems provide additional versatility with their ability to cut a range of material thicknesses.  At Machitech Automation, our waterjets can cut up to 4’’ material thickness.
  2. No Heat-Affected Zone

    • Unlike virtually any other cutting medium, waterjet systems cut without creating any heat-affected zone.  Because it is a cold cutting process, material waste from heat distortion is significantly reduced which saves money and expedites the cutting process.    Further, because there is no heat-affected zone you will achieve the cleanest and most accurate cuts which means the material you cut will be a better product for your customers.
  3. Safe & Environmentally Friendly

    • When you cut under water, no hazardous fumes and vapors are generated which means your workshop will be a safer place for you and your employees.  Because waterjets do not produce hazardous waste, there is a reduction in waste disposal costs.  Additionally, waterjets use very little water and water can be recycled as well for an environmentally friendly cutting method.