The waterjet cutting technology area has information on the machines and processes, but it doesn't stop there. It also covers abrasives, hoses, nozzles, and pumps.
August 21, 2012
Used for many years to cut 2-D parts, abrasive waterjet technology has evolved into cutting complex 3-D shapes, including pipe intersections and saddles. Accessories and control software that make this possible can be retrofitted to existing systems.
September 2, 2011
Holloway Houston Inc. uses waterjet cutting to fabricate critical linkages for its extreme testbed that's capable of exerting up to 5,000 tons of pulling force. Any weak link between the workpiece and testbed structure can render the pull test invalid--which is why waterjet cutting components to extremely tight tolerances is so important.
June 2, 2011
Metals & Services, Addison, Ill., didn't get caught up in the excitement of the 90,000-PSI waterjet pumps that seemed to be all the rage at recent tradeshows. Company management did its own homework and found that using a 60,000-PSI pump with multiple heads works out just swimmingly for its waterjet cutting operations.
January 17, 2011
For fabricators and metalworkers considering their first purchase of a waterjet, return on investment will be heavily influenced by features, options, and accessories that provide a match to their unique needs.Investigating and evaluating the latest alternatives will go a long way in boosting profitability.
September 23, 2010
Metal Products Engineering, Los Angeles,began business as a Lockheed subcontractor in 1940. Since then, the company has designed and built an impressive inventory of customized progressive dies in their facility for aerospace applications.
September 8, 2010
Waterjet technology cuts angled bevels to simplify complex manufacturing. The waterjet now can cut complex angles in plate, angles that previously could be done only in a machining center.
December 15, 2009
Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision machines more affordable. Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives.
June 29, 2009
For shops that cut using a waterjet machine, the abrasive in the pressurized stream of water, which allows the system to cut away metal, is a significant capital investment. Because of recent technology developments, a fabricator now can recycle the abrasive material and use it several times. But before a shop invests in this type of equipment, it should first consider the types of abrasive material that are available, as well as how the recycling technology works.
May 12, 2009
Among the factors that contribute to the fatigue life of waterjet-cut parts are part geometry, cutting method, and finish. Properly designing parts, using the optimal cutting quality for the part, and choosing the best finishing process can increase fatigue resistance significantly.