Cuts Virtually Any Material
Edwards Engineering Services WaterJet machine will cut all grades of steel. It produces a smooth cut on the edge without burn marks, cracking, excess burr, or other problems typically associated with heat-based cutting or mechanical cutting. The lack of heat affected zone from the abrasive jet means that the heat treatment of the steel is not changed by the cutting process. Edwards Engineering Services WaterJet cuts steels such as Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Hardened Tool Steel and Aluminium.
Edwards Engineering Services Omax Waterjet Cutter can cut Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastics, Glass-Reinforced Plastics and Any fibre-reinforced material, including Kevlar reinforced personnel armour.
WaterJet Cutter is ideal for cutting titanium, which can be a challenging material for conventional machining processes. Titanium can be cut quickly and accurately without any thermal distortion or surface embrittlement. Because titanium is so expensive, considerable cost savings can be obtained by the close nesting of parts that is possible with the abrasive jet process in order to reduce waste material.
All grades of copper cut quickly and cleanly on the OMAX without thermal distortion. The reflectivity that may be an issue for lasers is not a problem for an abrasive jet and there is no problem with “gumming” as might occur with conventional mechanical cutting systems.
Brass alloys cut quickly and cleanly with the OMAX abrasive jet process, with no thermal distortion.
Edwards Engineering Services OMAX WaterJet is widely used for cutting a wide variety of glass products, from ultra-thin panels for smartphones to thick multi-layered bullet-proof panels for vehicles and buildings to panels for stained glass windows. The OMAX has the capability perform a low pressure pierce that automatically switches to high pressure mode to continue the tool path. This means that even the most brittle glass can easily be pierced to create a starting point and yet still be cut at maximum speed. The only glass that can’t be cut is tempered glass, designed to shatter into tiny pieces if cut or broken.
Edwards Engineering Services Water Jet can cut stone products of all types. Applications include granite countertops, quartz blanks for precision mirrors, inlaid marble flooring, decorative wall panels and stone sculptural pieces.
Concrete cuts easily with the OMAX abrasivejet process and applications range from inlaid stepping stones to architectural features and sculptural panels.
Most ceramic materials can be cut with Edwards Engineering Services Water Jet abrasivejet. However if the hardness of the ceramic is greater than the hardness of garnet abrasive (between 7.5 and 8.5 on the Mohs scale), abrasivejet cutting will not be economically effective.
Softer rubber and foam rubber cut easily using a water-only nozzle without abrasive. Fiber-reinforced rubber and very hard rubber can be cut cleanly using the abrasivejet process.