Plastic and Acrylic Cutting with Waterjet
Water jet cutting technology has been used for several decades to perform plastic and acrylic cutting. In fact, this process supersedes the development of the abrasive waterjet used to cut harder materials such as stone, glass, and metals. Unlike abrasive waterjet cutting, however, only pure waterjet is used to cut plastics and acrylics.
The clean, very thin waterjet stream (thinner than a strand of human hair) does not cause the material being cut to absorb water, maintaining the integrity of the materials. The technology also does not create heat-affected zones while precisely cutting with speed. Waterjet leaves a smooth, clean cut, virtually eliminating and second operation for finishing. Thus, the efficiency of the process makes cutting with water jets an effective solution for manufacturers of plastic and acrylic components and parts.
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