Abrasive water-jet cutting technology is increasingly being adopted in the design and manufacturing industry because of the simplicity it presents in cutting almost any material. The system works through a computer program that enables your materials to be designed and cut to your exact specification. This article reviews the benefits that customers will derive from using this technology to cut various materials in different shapes and sizes.
Pinpoint Precision Cutting — Irrespective of the thickness or size of the material, abrasive water-jet cutting will slice through it like a knife through butter. Aided by the computer software, water-jet cutting leaves no room for error as it accurately cuts through the material. The precision is enhanced by the high-pressure water that passes through a nozzle at high velocity. The cutting diameter of the abrasive water-jet is minuscule, resulting in accurate cutting. Therefore, you do not have to worry about your cut parts being an inch more or less, especially in the construction industry where the margin of error should be very negligible.
Ability to Cut a Variety of Materials — The abrasive water-jet cutting technology can cut through different materials, ranging from ceramics, rubber, marble, stone, concrete, metal, glass and tiles among others. Other precision-cutting technologies such as laser cannot cut some materials effectively. Therefore, as a customer, this technology can meet your diverse cutting needs for both residential and commercial construction or improvement projects.
No Heating — The process of cutting through materials, especially metal, can generate too much heat that can cause physical damage to the material, rendering it substandard or unusable. For example, cutting through plastic can be a very delicate affair because of the risk of melting the material. But with abrasive water-jet cutting, which is a cold cutting technology, you can be confident that your material will not warp, harden, melt, crack or crystallize in the process of cutting.
Eliminates Other Expensive Processes — After cutting materials using normal heat-creating processes such as thermal and laser, you have to perform other engineering processes like redesigning, testing, and modifying the cut parts to meet the client's requirements. These additional processes are necessary because, as mentioned earlier, heat can harden, crystallize or warp the material being cut. The cost of these engineering processes is passed on to the client. With the cold cutting technology, all these processes are eliminated, same to the resultant costs.
Enhanced Turnaround — Abrasive water-jet cutting enables fast-cutting of parts compared to other material-cutting techniques. The outcome of its cutting speed is fast turnaround, which benefits both the vendor and the customer. As a client, fast turnaround ensures that you receive your cut materials as soon as possible to enable you to resume your project without undue delay. Basically, improved turnaround saves you money and time, which are critical components in all projects.