Benefits of water jet technology Flexible, economical and effective.

An STM waterjet cutting system can perfectly complement your existing cutting solution or even replace it to a certain extent. Because waterjet machines are not only convincing when it comes to produce final products, but also in the preparation of workpieces. STM waterjet cutting systems can cut almost all solid materials. They range from stone, ceramic tile, glass, metal to foam, rubber, plastics and food products. Compared to other methods such as plasma cutting, laser or EDM, waterjet cutting shows its benefits.

  • No limitation in strength – stainless steel with a thickness of up to 280 mm can be cut, depending on the capacity of the high pressure pump
  • The waterjet can be used to cut heat-sensitive materials like plastic, rubber or composite materials, as well as glass, stone and very hard ceramics.
  • No problems with reflecting materials like brass and aluminium
  • No heat influence and therefore no burning and no change in material structure resulting from the heat
  • Very easy material change: only the cutting speed is modified; neither gas nor optics have to be replaced
  • Additional cutting heads can be readily attached for expanded production.
  • The distance between nozzle and material is not as critical as with other cutting methods.
  • Programming via standard CNC-software

Waterjet cutting compared

The water jet is a universal cutting tool for different materials and material thickness from 0,1 to ca. 300 mm. The workspiece stays almost cold because the cut is cooled by the water.

  • No thickness limitation
  • No problems with reflective materials such as brass and aluminum
  • No heat affected zones, thus no burning and no change in the material structure through heat
  • Water jet can cut heat-sensitive materials such as plastic, rubber, or composite materials as well as glass, stone and very hard ceramics
  • Material changes: only the cutting speed is changed. Neither gas nor optics have to be replaced
  • More cutting heads can be fitted for an expanded production
  • Maintenance of laser equipment is more specialized and more difficult to put through
  • Distance between nozzle and material is not that critical
  • Water jet systems are less capital intensive in their investment than lasers
  • Significantly higher cutting speed
  • Independent from electrically conductive material
  • Ideally suited to prepare cuttings
  • No heat influence, so there is no burning and no change in the material structure through heat 
  • Water jet can cut heat sensitive materials such as plastic, rubber or composite materials as well as glass, stone and very hard ceramics.
  • When cutting material edges, holes, blind holes and in case of  thread-forming, abrasive waterjet is usually much quicker and easier to program
  • No metal shavings
  • Easier recycling
  • No heat and thus no heat affected zones.
    The surface produced by a water jet is better in general.
  • No ridge on the underside of the material, thus no post-processing required.
  • No restrictions regarding the cutting thickness.
  • Several working areas of a waterjet can be located very close next to each other.
  • No thickness limitation
  • No problems with reflective materials such as brass and aluminum
  • No heat affected zones, thus no burning and no change in the material structure through heat
  • Water jet can cut heat-sensitive materials such as plastic, rubber, or composite materials as well as glass, stone and very hard ceramics
  • Material changes: only the cutting speed is changed. Neither gas nor optics have to be replaced
  • More cutting heads can be fitted for an expanded production
  • Maintenance of laser equipment is more specialized and more difficult to put through
  • Distance between nozzle and material is not that critical
  • Water jet systems are less capital intensive in their investment than lasers
  • Significantly higher cutting speed
  • Independent from electrically conductive material
  • Ideally suited to prepare cuttings
  • No heat influence, so there is no burning and no change in the material structure through heat 
  • Water jet can cut heat sensitive materials such as plastic, rubber or composite materials as well as glass, stone and very hard ceramics.
  • When cutting material edges, holes, blind holes and in case of  thread-forming, abrasive waterjet is usually much quicker and easier to program
  • No metal shavings
  • Easier recycling
  • No heat and thus no heat affected zones.
    The surface produced by a water jet is better in general.
  • No ridge on the underside of the material, thus no post-processing required.
  • No restrictions regarding the cutting thickness.
  • Several working areas of a waterjet can be located very close next to each other.

The STM Service team answers your questions.

If you want to know how to integrate a STM waterjet system profitably in your production process, our development engineers will gladly advise you. ROI analysis, free test cuts or complex production consulting, we support you in every issue.

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