Waterjet cutting has increasingly become the ideal solution for many companies dealing with machine tool cutting procedures. Over and above the countless benefits of waterjet cutting machines, they can notably cut through nearly any material. This ranges from glass and metal to composites and stones which other cutters would typically struggle with, especially in terms of precision and superior results.
However, as good as waterjet cutting machines are, there
are several misconceptions and PRV decided to set the record straight. Fact is,
hydro-abrasive waterjet cutting has evolved remarkably and is one of the most
effective machining methods today. This article aims at busting 8 common myths
and shed some light on the services available at PRV Engineering.
Waterjet cutting is often used during the fabrication
process of machine parts. This industrial tool is capable of cutting a wide
variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet or stream of water. A
mixture of water and an abrasive substance is also used in many applications. The
highly versatile cutting method produces much less waste than other forms.
Waterjet cutting is also more environmentally friendly
as it doesn’t produce dust, chippings or gas like other cutting methods. Engineering
companies are implementing waterjet technology as a cost-effective,
complementary machining method to cut parts to near-precise requirements. This
greatly helps minimise waste, maximise raw material usage and accelerates
The evolution of hydro-abrasive waterjet cutting has been remarkable and is one of the most effective methods of machining. There is no heat affected zone (HAZ), the small cutting widths and omni-directional cutting means we can machine virtually any material with high precision and accuracy. As a result, waterjet cutting produces a much-improved product finish with little to no secondary processing needed.
Advanced technology and methods make waterjet cutting far more environmentally friendly. So much so that the dust, chippings or gas produced with other cutting methods do not occur. There is also no need to change tool heads, blades or lubricants for each type of material which means machining time is greatly reduced.
This highly versatile cutting method produces much less waste than other forms of cutting which allows for more diverse design. The ability to cut more intricate designs and patterns offers Continue reading →
We can all agree that there aren’t many products we use in everyday life that does not involve CNC machining. From cars, planes, household machines and appliances to medical parts and toys, all go through a CNC machine at some point during production.
Computer Numerically Controlled or CNC machining has become more versatile then ever. The number of axis has increased and the types of machines now available mean that increasingly smaller and more intricate parts are manufactured using a CNC machine. The development of CNC Machining has truly revolutionised the manufacturing industry.
Over the past few decades, abrasive waterjet cutting have evolved significantly. From a relatively crude cutting tool in the early 1980’s to a more sophisticated machine tool used in various sectors ranging from aerospace, mining to the food industry. This evolution is mainly due to better material development, more efficient system design, improved control of the waterjet tool and the progression to achieve higher pressure. Continue reading →