Two kinds of waterjet cutting methods exist, namely pure and abrasive waterjet cutting. The difference is that pure waterjet cutting is used for cutting soft materials like foam or paper by using solely the water stream for cutting. Whereas, for abrasive waterjet cutting a granular abrasive is added to the water stream. The granular abrasive accelerates the power of the cutting stream, enabling hard materials such as metal or ceramics to be easily cut.
No hazardous waste
The growing importance of environmentally friendly processes throughout the industries is becoming more apparent. A significant advantage of waterjet cutting is that it does not create any hazardous waste in the form of fumes and gases, unlike other cutting technologies.
No material distortion
Through its cold cutting method, the heat exposure can be bypassed, which is especially critical for materials like metal, leading to a fine cut without distortion in the material. This results in a smooth and burr-free cut.