Laser & Water Jet Cutting: Metals
At Jetcut, we can cut any metal, from 0.5 mm to 170 mm thick to a best tolerance of 0.004”/0.1mm for the laser and 0.008"/0.2mm for the Water Jet. We have the capacity to cut from metal sheets up to a size of 4m by 2m.
The benefits of Laser Cutting include:
- Exceptionally fast cutting
- High accuracy with a tolerance of +/- 0.1mm
The benefits of Water Jet Cutting include:
- No heat affected zone
- Faster than conventional cutting methods when utilising thicker materials
- Can cut any metal, even heat treated (before cutting) and reflective metals (titanium, brass & copper)
Steel is ideal for cutting using both Laser and Waterjet, even after it has been hardened (with minimal slow-down of cutting speed). For thin material (0.5mm to 20mm) Laser Cutting will be the most economic, while for sheet thicknesses from 20mm to 170mm Waterjet will give a high quality and accurate cut. Waterjet also does not involve heat therefore will create no Heat Affected Zone and therefore can be ideal for heat sensitive items.
Aluminium is a light weight but strong metal used in a wide variety of applications. Aluminium is a relatively soft metal and can be difficult to machine. Our laser can cut Aluminium up to 8mm, however, abrasive waterjet cuts Aluminium extremely well up to 170mm thick.
Copper & Brass are also challenging materials to machine and cut, but abrasivejet systems make cutting copper and Brass easy. Both Copper and Brass are impossible to cut on a conventional laser due to reflection. It is also difficult to machine conventionally, because it tends to gum up conventional cutting tools. Water Jet Cutting is the most appropriate solution for copper & brass.
Titanium Exotic and expensive materials that might otherwise be quite difficult to machine like hardened tool steel, stainless steel or titanium are well suited to abrasive waterjet cutting. One of the huge advantages of cutting materials like titanium using this technique is that you can significantly cut costs as tight nesting means the material is highly utilised and offcuts can often be re-used.
Tool Steel is difficult to machine conventionally, particularly once it's hardened, but is fairly easy to profile with Water Jet Cutting. Steel can be hardened before or after cutting. Steel hardness has only a minor effect on the rate at which it can be machined with Water Jet.