Waterjet Cutting Comparison With Other Methods
Waterjets can cut any solid material including stone, tile, glass, metal, foam, rubber, plastic, and food. When compared with plasma, laser, and edm – waterjet cutting has distinct advantages.
WATERJET vs. Plasma vs. Laser vs. EDM
In addition to no heat-affected zone, the benefits and applications for waterjet technology are limitless and ever-expanding. In comparison to other cutting technologies:
|Process||Erosion process: high speed liquid sandpaper||Burning / melting process using high temperature ionized gas arc||Melting process using concentrated laser light beam||Erosion process using electrical discharge|
|Materials||Any material.||Primarily steel, stainless steel and aluminum.||Primarily steel, stainless and aluminum.|
Can also cut a variety of other materials.
|Conductive materials only.|
|Thickness||Up to 24 inches, virtually any material.|
Z constraint is only limit to thickness.
|Up to 2-3 inches, depending on material.||Generally 1 inch or less, |
depending on materials.
|Generally 12 inches or less.|
|Part Accuracy||Up to .001"||Up to .010"||Up to .001"||Up to .0001"|
|Capital Investment||$60k to over $300k||$60k to over $300k||$200K to over $1M||$100k to over $400k|
|Machine Setup||Same setup for all materials||Different setup for different jobs||Different gases and parameters for different jobs||Different wire types for
As the grid above illustrates – and the image to the right shows, waterjet cutting technology has clear advantages over other cutting methods.
Waterjet cutting is a cold-cutting process that eliminates slag deformation and dross waste – unfortunate effects found in plasma and laser cutting processes.
Additionally, both the garnet used in abrasive cutting as well as the water are recycable.