Huge to small and delicate
Non HAZ Waterjet machines use abrasion and water at extremely high pressure to chip away at the substrate material. It allows for much cooler cutting conditions and leaves behind a smooth cut that will not change mechanically, no heat-treated cuts with the potential to stress fatigue and crack.
Cuts Through Anything We are not kidding, and if it fits under the cutting head, it will be severed from metal to stone, to speakers, tiles, and tiles. We have not come across ANYTHING it could no cut. The real question is, should we.
Not the Fastest The one draw back to a waterjet, is the speed of cutting. There moments where it is a faster machien then some other process, like thick plate cutting for reoving materiasl for cnc machines to finish. Or cutting Glass with non traditionl geomtries, but for metals and plastics in the .048 to 1", laser is the go to, and keeps picking up spped and thickness capablities.
Fast! Our 4400-watt laser can cut through stainless, aluminum, and steel like it wasn't even there. Up to 3/4 of in-inch steel, it is our go-to for production runs since its speeds can be 20 times the cut-rate of a water jet.
HAZ Edges The laser has a beautiful cutting edge, especially when cut with nitrogen. Even with nitrogen, the heat from cutting can leave a tiny portion of the heat-affected zone, also know as HAZ. Sometimes requirements will call out to machine these HAZ edges, which is time-consuming and costly.
Limited The laser has its limitations on thickness and materials it can cut. We only cut steel, stainless steel and aluminum, titanium and some other exotics. It also only cuts up to 3/4 inch steel, 5/8 stainless and 1/2 inch aluminum. We do have other equipment for what cannot cut on this particular machine such as waterjet or one of our smaller , less powerful lasers that are for plastics, rubber, and paper.