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Water Jets generate a high-pressure stream of water mixed with a granular abrasive to cut steel, aluminum, copper, and other metals.
How does a Water Jet Work?
- High Pressure Pumps generate a stream of pressurized water
- The stream of water is mixed with a granular abrasive
- The stream is focused through a small-diameter orifice in a cutting head
- The high-speed stream traveling at very high speed acts like a knife
- A computer moves the cutting head to direct the stream where to cut
What can a Water Jet Cut?
- Stainless, Hardened and Carbon Steel
- Aluminim and Aluminum Alloys
- Copper and Brass
- Glass and Glass-reinforced Plastics
Water Jets Compared to Other Cutting Systems
- Less Accurate than Laser but More Accurate than Plasma Cutters
- Up to 3" thick material versus 1/4" for Laser and 1"+ for Laser
- No Material Distortion unlike Laser and Plasma Cutting
- Cold cutting process versus Laser and Plasma which are Thermal Cutters