We find the waterjet process suitable for most of your daily cutting tasks. Below follows a list with some of the advantages.
The micro abrasive waterjet is a non-thermal cutting process. On a micro scale the erosion mechanisms create momentarily local heat upon contact but the continuous cooling by water will remove the heat and temperatures will cause no thermal effects on the cut surface. The surface does not get any heat affected zones or recast layers.
Surfaces produced will be free from adverse mechanical and thermal effects and in general requires no subsequent machining to remove damaged material from the product. The cut surface is smooth and has no burrs, the harder the material is, the better Ra value you will get.
The Finecut micro abrasive waterjet technology utilizes particle erosion for material removal. The fine thing with erosion is that it works for material removal in virtually all materials! When a fine stream of energized particles strikes the work surface, a range of erosion mechanisms are activated and causes material removal. The adaptive cutting process gives unique possibilities to cut combined materials. An example of a difficult combination of materials with disparate properties can be products that combine carbon fibre, titanium and epoxy.
The ability to cut various materials with the same tool setup as described above has the great advantage of user friendliness in the process. Basically, you may get started by running the same process for most cutting applications with only the cutting speed as variable parameter to obtain a cut profile and the quality required. Consequently, you can get started quickly producing parts.
The jet can cut omnidirectionally which facilitates cutting highly complex geometries. Our technology cut narrow slits down to 0.2 mm, narrow sections down to 0.1 mm, performs fine piercing for holes or a start for contours. Also, 3D features are cut with our 5-axis system.
Even if the jet velocity is high, the small flows of water gives a very low force from the jet. Consequently, also thin structures can be cut without being affected by the jet forces.