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Water Jet cutting uses an ultra-high pressure stream of water to carry an abrasive grit. The abrasive does the cutting through a mechanical sawing action, leaving a smooth, precision cut surface.
Automatic height control is absolutely necessary for fully automatic waterjet cutting.
Consistent flow of abrasive is a requirement for high quality waterjet cutting.
The cost to operate a waterjet is a common question, as people struggle to understand the difference between running a typical plasma cutting machine and a waterjet cutter. There are different consumables, different power requirements, cost of water, and most importantly, the cost of abrasive.
Take a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of each cutting process. You’ll see an interesting pattern emerge – everywhere waterjet is weak, plasma is strong, and vice-versa.