Water jet cutting is the most versatile process on the market. Indeed, it adapts to a set of materials, regardless of their composition or shape.
Also, the cuts leave no traces. “Ideal for high-performance metal cutting,” says Christian Timothy, president of Machitech Automation, “waterjet technology combined with the addition of abrasive creates a clean, burr-free cut that does not require the secondary finish. Also, thermal deformations are avoided.
All types of cuts are allowed: sharp reductions with precise cuts, as is often the case in the automotive sector. In the fact of unique pieces, in particular, thick materials are welcome.
Also, “the addition of abrasive, says Mr. Timothy, broadens the range of cuts that waterjet technology can achieve. Abrasive is often one of the least expensive components of this method. A system has been developed that regulates the abrasive, controls flow and eliminates waste. “
Another advantage: this cutting-edge approach reduces rejections to a minimum, an advantageous situation when expensive materials are used. Finally, it can be applied to composites, one of the limits of laser cutting.
The fourth phase of matter
“Plasma cutting, on the other hand, is a cost-effective alternative to laser and water jet technology,” said Mr. Timothy. It can be equipped with a tangential blade for technical fabrics, in particular. It offers speed, precision and cutting quality.