A decade or so from today, how are we going to look into the future of water jet cutting machines? Are we still going to marvel at them in the days to come and the kind of work that they carry out? Are they going to become a ubiquitous piece of equipment not just in metal and stone fabrication shops, but even in households, too?
Most offices today and even ordinary homes, aside from desktop computers and laptops, have their very own set of printers and photocopiers, too, whereas about 2 decades ago these pieces of equipment are not as commonly seen as they are today. The looming question we have here when it comes to water jet cutters is, are they going to share the same fate and future, too? Will they become even more in-demand in the coming days and years?
Today, most offices have several printers and photocopiers. You might still send some work to the printers for large volumes, but for the most part, you do everything on your easy to use, small, and affordable desktop printer.
When it comes to cutting technology, we will qualify the water jet method as the leading, the most preferred and accepted method of choice among various stone and metal fabrication shops and companies.
In the coming days ahead, we can anticipate the water jet cutting method to become a lot faster than they are today. And this milestone will be made possible by making this technology deliver higher water pressure via the cutting head.
As a matter of fact, today there are fabricating companies that cut up to 87,000 PSI. This is water delivered at about 4 times the speed of sound. Over time, the PSIs are likely to increase even further. In about 10 to 20 years from now, who knows what would be the average speeds that these machines are likely to have.
However, the more interesting part is not just in the increased speed or water pressure but more so in the application software, this technology will be using and design upgrades, too.
This is one aspect in which this technology is already leading the way. Compared to laser technology, waterjet cutting machines can cut to depths 20 times that laser cutting machine does.
By virtue of having increased water pressure, it is likely that waterjet technology will be able to cut deeper still. This means to say that several years from now, we are likely to cut metal to a depth of half a meter.
Cutting Complex Patterns
We consider this as the biggest leap for this technology in recent years. The water jet is being made able to cut beyond the basic 2-dimensional cut.
Have you heard about XD cutting lately? It’s got a flexible moving head as it can move about in multiple axes. This signifies that it can efficiently handle 3-dimensional part and cut it in just one single take, as opposed to the time consuming and costly secondary cuts.
Among the major practical applications of XD-cutting can be seen in formula one teams and Boeing parts. The common denominator they have is that they require their complex parts cut in the most accurate way possible.
The level of awareness and patronage of water jet technology is likely to spread even further as companies, both large and small, realize that their organization can save both time and money on their cutting project and be able to get a part cut with the highest level of accuracy.
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