The benefits of waterjet cutting

27 Feb 2017
waterjet cutting in both 2D and 3D opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look at processes they might not have considered before

waterjet cutting in both 2D and 3D opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look at processes they might not have considered before

Waterjet cutting in two-and three-dimensions on one machine offers designers and production engineers important new opportunities to innovate and save costs.

That is according to ICEE Managed Services’, which will be soon exhibiting on stand J26 at the Southern Manufacturing exhibition, Farnborough.

“Until recently it has only been possible to cut two-dimensional profiles in a variety of materials by waterjet, but with the latest investment ICEE has made in new equipment with advanced 5-axis computer numerical control (CNC) technology, we can cut compound 3D forms as well, all on one machine,” said Shane Thomas, ICEE’s key account manager.

He added that waterjet cutting in both 2D and 3D opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look at processes they might not have considered before. Partly because production engineers can now have parts made that could previously only be made by costly machining or casting.

In fact he said, in some cases, 2D and 3D waterjet cutting, where a high-pressure jet of water is mixed with abrasive particles and forced at around 60,000 psi through a nozzle only 0.8mm in diameter, may be the only practical and affordable way to manufacture parts.

The waterjet process, 2D and 3D, will cut through a variety of different materials and thicknesses including metals, plastics, wood and stone, such as granite over 200mm thick.

Besides waterjet, fibre laser cutting and parts forming and bending operations, ICEE offers a comprehensive turnkey manufacturing service that includes welding, finishing, fabrication and assembly. It also makes bespoke equipment enclosure products for the telecommunications, broadcasting and data processing industries.

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