Here at Avon Waterjet, we use a 5 Axis water jet cutter from Italy, which uses a super-high pressured stream of water, accompanied by an abrasive grit to cut in to material. Abrasive water jets using standard parameters can cut materials with hardness up to and slightly beyond aluminium oxide ceramic. As it is an erosion process, the range of materials that can be water jet cut is vast, for example:
Please be aware Avon Waterjet only offer a cutting service, customers will have to supply there own material.
Here is some information about the specifications of our machines.
Max Length of cut is 3.2m , Maximum Width of cut is 2m, Maximum Depth of cut is 200mm.
Please note with thick materials, it is difficult maintain a good level of cut quality.
Traditional methods such as cropping or welding destroy the structural integrity of a material. Similiarly, by using processes which involve heat, such as plasma or lazer, structural changes can still occur. A major advantage to using an abrasive water jet is the fact that the process is cold, which eliminates these problems.
Abrasive water jet cutting is a very effective method of cutting metals, whether it be a light weight but strong metal such as aluminium, or an expensive metal such as titanium. Copper is a metal that is impossible to cut on a laser machine due to the reflection is causes, yet an abrasive jet does not have this problem due to the use of water. The jet also gives us the capability of cutting in to steel after it has been hardened (with the duration not that much different as if it were not hardened).
Cutting glass can be a delicate process for many reasons, yet the water jet has the ability to cut holes and cut stained glass without a problem. The power an abrasive water jet can really be justified, as it has the ability to cut through bullet proof glass which is capable of reflecting a hit from a 50 calibre bullet!
Traditional methods of cutting stone and tile usually involved using a range of different tools, which would usually mean having to wait quite a while for the finished product. The water jet has sped up this process due to the fact that it does not have to change tools. As the method does not produce any heat, the stone or ceramic material can maintain its original strength and appearance.
The abilities of the water jet allow for intricate designs to be cut into stones as hard as granite at high speed.