A Waterjet Can Cut Through Nearly Anything

Waterjets utilize a high-pressure stream of water to cut through various materials. In the 1930s, Paper Patents Company pioneered this method when they used low-pressure water to cut paper. While these early waterjets cut soft materials, they couldn't break through harder mediums until the 1960s when Dr. Norman Franz pioneered industrial waterjet cutting by adding an abrasive, such as garnet. The stream of water accelerates abrasive particles to such a fast speed that the machine cuts through materials like stone, glass, and copper.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. 3D printing is an additive process whereupon material is applied layer by layer. This is radically different than traditional machine production and allows more design flexibility. 00:54

  2. "CNC" stands for Computer Numerical Control and describes a system where the design and production of components is aided by highly automated computer processes. 01:36

  3. A waterjet is a manufacturing and design tool that directs a precise, high-speed jet of water at a material. The water, sometimes mixed with an abrasive additive, can cut through most materials including plastics and metals. 01:53

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Written by Curiosity Staff August 19, 2016

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