Abrasive waterjet cutting is considered as a non-conventional cutting process. It comes under the group of non-traditional processes, which includes ultrasonic machining and waterjet machining. Abrasive waterjet cutting has been gaining immense popularity as an excellent method to cut a variety of materials.
A number of companies are realizing the benefits of using abrasive waterjet cutting techniques in their manufacturing processes. So much so that it is being labeled as an alternative production technology.
There are various reasons for this technology being seen as an alternative to conventional cutting processes.
Waterjet Cutting Techniques use Efficient Processes and Technologies for Cost-effective Production
Abrasive waterjet cutting utilizes the latest in CAD and CAM technology to ensure superior cutting. Other parameters such as feed motion speed, contour sections, and pressure are also taken into consideration.
CAD/CAM Technologies for New Designs
New products can also be designed using abrasive waterjet cutting techniques. The designer takes all the necessary dimensions and specifications from the client. Suitable material for the product is also finalized while the design process is underway. The software can program a cutting plan with precise dimensions and specifications within a short span of time. Once the design has been finalized, it is fed into the CAM program, which begins the cutting processes.
Multiple Tools and Processes
If large orders are required to be delivered within a short time period, abrasive waterjet cutting machines can be equipped with multiple cutting heads. This allows the manufacturer to produce a number of products within a short span of time. The abrasive waterjet cutting process can quickly produce products with accurate dimensions irrespective of the size of the product and the material used for manufacturing.
There are many aspects of abrasive waterjet cutting that make it a cost-effective option compared to laser cutting, wire eroding, or mechanical processing. During the cutting process, the high velocity water stream also sucks in abrasives through a vacuum, reducing material waste, thus reducing maintenance costs. Manufacturers do not need to spend on various systems for cutting materials of various thicknesses. It can easily complement milling processes as well, reducing overall production costs.
The versatility and flexibility of abrasive waterjet cutting allows it to be used in a variety of industrial applications such as:
* Textile and Leather Industry
* Paint Removal
* Pocket Milling
* Industrial Product Cleaning
* Cutting Frozen Meat
* Dismantling of Large Industrial Products
As one can see, a variety of industries are taking advantages of the unique capabilities that are offered by abrasive waterjet cutting. All the aforementioned factors make abrasive waterjet cutting an all-round, reliable industrial process.
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