How much does a water jet cutter cost?
Pricing for small waterjet cutting systems can start around $60k and complete custom systems can reach into the millions. It all depends on your application. You should also factor delivery and disposal costs into your cost for abrasive.
How strong is a water jet cutter?
Typical waterjet cutting pressure is between 50,000 and 60,000 PSI. Many newer systems are pressurized up to 90,000 PSI. The water at this pressure is then released through a small orifice machined into a diamond or saphire, usually in the range of 5 to 15 thousandths of an inch diameter.
How thick can a water jet cutter cut?
How thick can an abrasive waterjet cut? The high-level answer is that abrasive waterjets can cut through 12 inches of most materials. Many of our customers report cutting material even thicker than that. Most abrasive waterjet cutting, however, is done in material that is 3 inches thick or less.
What can a waterjet not cut?
Among the very few materials that waterjets cannot cut are diamonds and tempered glass. Some composite materials (layers of different materials sandwiched together) can’t be cut because the water can seep between the layers and “delaminate” the material. Many composite materials cut just fine.
What can’t a water jet cut?
Semi-liquid materials: A water jet cannot cut through anything liquid or even semi-liquid, such as sand or cement slurry. The materials will simply blend back together after the water jet passes through because the liquid content is so high. Iron: Iron is too brittle for a water jet to cut an accurate profile.
What materials can a water jet cutter cut?
What kind of materials can you cut with a waterjet machine?
- Metal and metal plates (including Corten)
What materials can water jet cut?
How thick of material can a water jet system cut?
The high-level answer is that abrasive waterjets can cut through 12 inches of most materials. Many users report cutting material even thicker than that. Most abrasive waterjet cutting, however, is done in material that is 3 inches thick or less. Cutting thicker than that usually reduces the tolerance that can be maintained and increases the amount of time to cut a part.
How does water jet cutting work?
Water jet cutting machines work by pumping high pressure water or abrasive water through a narrow nozzle directed at a cutting surface, with some tools reaching pressures as high as 100,000 PSI (pounds of force per square inch).
Who invented water jet cutting?
Since Dr.Zhang, technical manager of VICHOR Waterjet, invented China’s first water jet cutting machine in the 1990s, the technology has evolved rapidly. Years of research have led to the development of waterjet cutting machines that do more and cost less.