The addition of an abrasive material increases the power of high-pressure waterjet cutters, delivering the strength to cut almost any material.
While cutting with water works for soft materials, the addition of an abrasive turns the waterjet into a modern machining tool for all materials.
A mix of high-pressure water and abrasive for the purpose of wet blasting creates outstanding results - with relatively small amounts of abrasive it’s possible to cut hard materials such as steel and concrete, but also titanium, aluminium, glass, and stone.
An important benefit of the water jet is the ability to cut material without interfering with its inherent structure, as there is no heat-affected zone. Minimizing the effects of heat allows metals to be cut without harming or changing intrinsic properties. Sharp corners, bevels, pierce holes, and shapes with minimal inner radii are all possible. Water jet cutters are also capable of producing intricate cuts in material. With specialized software and 3D machining heads, complex shapes can be produced.
Garnet is the perfect abrasive for waterjet cutting, ideal for cutting through thicker materials like metal, stone and some plastics.