Advantages of water jet cutting

water jet cutting servicesWater jet machines are without a doubt, the most versatile profiling tools on the market today. One of their key advantages lies in their ability to cut virtually any and all materials, with very few exceptions. It can even be used to cut composite materials.

Because the water jet cutting process is a cold cutting process, there are no heat affected zones generated within the material being cut. This cold cutting process allows the cutting of metals without changing their intrinsic properties, enables the cutting of heat treated materials and no mechanical stresses are introduced into the material.

Set up times are relatively quick with most jobs requiring no fixturing or clamping due to the very low sideways forces generated when water jet cutting.

Water jet cutting leaves a clean, high quality finished edge, which for many applications will require no post machining or further finishing processes.

water jet cuttingWater jet machines can cut a large range of thicknesses from very thin foils to stainless steels of 150mm thick and above. No other profiling technology has such great versatility.

The process is extremely accurate with typical tolerances of +/- 0.20mm. Tolerances of +/-0.1mm can often be achieved on many types of materials. Water jet cutting lends itself to manufacturing from 'one-offs' up to large batch quantities. Water jet cutting does leave a slight angle on the cut edge; this is a factor of the cutting process and is typically about 1/3 of the diameter of the nozzle. This angle is known as the kerf angle and is explained in our glossary section.

Water jet cutting is environmentally friendly, using relatively small amounts of water (1-2 litres per minute) and producing no hazardous waste products. Used garnet is completely inert and the filtered, used water can simply be disposed of down the drain.

Water jet cutting allows for excellent material optimisation by using the very latest CAD/CAM software for part design and nesting.

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  • History

    The first industrial use of water jets can be traced back over 100 years when they were originally developed for use in the mining of gravel and clay deposits to blast material from the quarry face...

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  • Principles of water jet cutting

    There are two types of water jet cutting processes; pure water cutting, in which the cutting is performed using only an ultra-high pressure jet of clean water, and abrasive cutting...

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  • Capabilities

    One Stop Sealing Ltd provides a sub-contract profiling service to a wide range of industrial sectors, including precision engineering, specialised OEMs, general fabrication, repair and maintenance contractors...

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    We are happy to receive your drawings in any one of a number of electronic formats, including dxf, dwg and CAD. Alternatively we can produce drawings inhouse.

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