Techmoon waterjets are cutting devices that use water in place of standard blades. Our machines work by producing a thin stream of high velocity water that can cut stone, metal, wood and concrete with smoothness and precision.
Using a waterjet is not like using a saw and requires experience in order to use it effectively. If you are new to using this kind of machine, these tips can help you maximize performance.
1. Monitor feed-rate
The feed-rate controls how fast the material passes underneath the jet of water as it is being cut. Turning the feed-rate up increases the speed of the process and can save time. This is especially useful if you notice the waterjet is cutting too easily and wasting energy. By turning the feed-rate down, you give the water more time to cut and create a higher-quality, smoother cut.
2. Check pump pressure
Pump pressure refers to how much pressure the water is under before it comes out of the nozzle. Pump pressure and feed-rate work together to determine the quality of the cut. If the pump does not pressurize the water enough, it won’t be able to cut efficiently and will require a slower feed-rate. If you want to increase speed, then increase the water pressure. Beware, though, that the higher the pressure, the more quickly the internal components of the waterjet will wear down.
3. Pay attention to orifice size
The orifice is located at the tip of the waterjet nozzle and is where the water comes out in its pressurized form. Generally speaking, if you double the size of the orifice, the water required quadruples. So you should always match the orifice size to how much water and pressure the system can handle. The ratio of nozzle size to orifice size should be approximately 1 to 3.
4. Do routine inspections
Routine inspection and maintenance will help keep your waterjet system clean and operating at its best. Be prepared to clean and replace the nozzle each time you use it. You should also clean the entire system at regular intervals. High pressure and hard water make more frequent cleanings necessary.
At Techmoon, we build our custom water jets using state-of-the-art technology. And we do it for tens of thousands of dollars less than the competition. Let us show you a better, more sustainable way to cut the materials you need for your projects: contact us today!