Water Jet Cutting Corten Steel
Flexibility & Versatility
One of the main benefits of water jet cutting is its ability to profile cut virtually shape in any material, it is a very versatile cutting technique! At EWL (UK) Limited we can offer High, Medium and Low quality cuts to suit your budget, we can also offer a fast turnaround service if you require.
The water jet cutting process and the parts water jet cutting can produce are used in virtually every industry, including the chemical, aerospace and architectural – it is even used to slice dough in industrial bread bakery’s!
Other benefits of water jet cutting
Cutting without heat
There is no heat input with water jet cutting, aluminium, stainless steel & mild steel can be cut without warping or distortion of parts, and heat affected zones associated with laser & plasma are eliminated. Cut edges are not hardened by water jet, you can tap holes and machine edges straight away without blunting or damaging your tooling. Many holes can be cut out of the same sheet or part without the sheet warping or distorting, as shown in the picture.
Quality clean cutting
Water jet can leave an excellent crisp quality cut, often with a burr free finish – unlike laser and plasma which can leave sharp burrs and slag.
At EWL WaterJet we also now offer vibro finishing of parts to give your parts the finishing touch feel, its also an ideal finish prior to zinc plating, electro polishing or anodising.
Productivity & Less wastage
Our production cutting software tightly nests your parts on the parent material, which can pass on substantial material cost savings.
Water jet cutting can be faster and more cost effective than machining, CNC routing and EDM, your scrap material does not end up on the factory floor as swarf, it can be re-used for other parts.
Tight tolerances of less than +/-0.1mm can be achieved. If you require a higher tolerance for your application, consider water jet for cutting away the bulk of the part and finish with a minimal amount of machining – this can be a real cost saver, especially with thicker materials.
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Water jet cutting machines can cut virtually any shape, in any material, from steel to stone to foam, even bullet proof glass! So how does water jet cutting work?
By increasing the pressure of tap water by 175,000%, to an incredible 3600BAR (52,000psi) and forcing the water through a 1mm hole in a cutting nozzle, travelling faster than the speed of sound – the resulting jet of water can virtually cut through anything.
We use two water jet cutting systems here at EWL, “Pure Water jet cutting” and “Abrasive water jet cutting”.
Pure water jet cutting: Water pressurised to 3600Bar is forced through a 0.1mm orifice creating a jet of water capable of precisely cutting soft materials such as rubber, foam and carpet.
Abrasive water jet cutting – To cut harder materials an abrasive garnet (similar to sand) is mixed with the water jet, abrasive water jet is used for precision cutting of metals, plastics, glass & stones.
This video explains further how water jet cutting works.
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