When using a CNC Waterjet, manufacturers keep some of the tightest tolerances on the planet. its is common to see machines hold +/- 0.002 tolerance depending on speed and material. Tight tolerances with good speeds on materials is one instance where waterjet can out preform laser. This can be a large advantage when comparing waterjet vs plasma or waterjet vs oxygen cutting methods.
Waterjet Fabrication Versatility
Typically CNC waterjet systems have very little set up needs when looking to switch from different materials and thicknesses. Downloading a .dxf file for the part is all that is needed to turn any material into any shape with a CNC waterjet!
Waterjet CNC machines typically operate between 50 000 and 90 000 PSI. Fabricators that utilize waterjet can achieve this power on their machines through utilizing the power of intensifiers. The intensifiers are connected to the waterjet pump to help boost the pounds per square inch (PSI)
Waterjet vs Laser
When is Waterjet cutting the more practical application
Laser and waterjet cutting are often compared due to the fact that they are both effective CNC cutting method. When comparing both methods they do have a number of pros and cons. Manufacturers need to look at each individual project to see where which cutting method is best for the job in most instances material type, thickness and speed and usually determining factors.
Thickness of Material
Waterjet technology thrives when thick parts needed in manufacturing. Metals over a certain thickness might require waterjet cutting as the only option. A standard waterjet machine can cut up to 5 inches thick on hard materials like stainless steel. Trying to compare to laser, it really depends on the quality of laser machine to see where the overlap occurs in speed and production costs. Waterjet can often be a economical choice on materials as thin as 1/8 inch.
NO Heat Affected Zones
Laser with always leave an edge that cut with head. CNC Waterjet does not use any heat during its process and allows parts to keep tight tolerances. No heating of the part will also lead to less of a risk of warping the overall part.
Waterjet vs Laser
In closing waterjets can have advantages over laser cutting in 3 different areas. Waterjets can cut thicker material, can keep tighter tolerances (in most cases) and also does not create a heat affected edge.
On the fabrication side of what we do, we are able to combine waterjet cutting along with secondary processing for specific parts. Some of our clients require secondary processes that can add value to what we can do for our customer base!
Get Affordable Set Up Fees
We understand that added capabilities means value to our customers. This is a concept that is very important to us. We know that having the ability to take a cardboard drawing and make it into a real functional part can help to bridge the gap from concept to reality.
Get an Accurate File
Our waterjet table works on DXF or CAD files, but we understand that getting a cut ready file can sometimes be a challenge under tight time lines. At Vykan we pride ourselves on our ability to turn drawings into cut ready cut files at an affordable set up fee. Depending on the job size we can have your files ready to go in no time with little to no additional fee.