“Fixturing” refers to a waterjet machining practice in which material to be cut is held firmly in place while the waterjet makes its cuts. Keeping material still is crucial as movement mars the surface of the part created and affects its overall precision.
Waterjet machining generates only very small sideways forces. Because the downward force is concentrated on such a small area, fixturing usually consists of making sure the material to be cut doesn’t get pushed around by water bubbling up from below.
Most waterjet-created parts will be machined from flat plate. To keep it in place, the plate must be weighed down to keep it from floating and fixturing it from the sides to prevent sideways motion.
In general, parts made from thin materials are most at risk for floating. Vibrations from the cutting process may jiggle the part, causing it move around. Fixturing is most effective when the material to be machined is not only weighted down, but set in place so that it cannot move left or right, up or down.
One of the benefits of a TechMoon waterjet – which can cut a wide variety of thicknesses – is that it requires only a minimum of fixturing. This means work gets done more quickly and with a minimum of hassle as there is no need to sacrifice precision for speed.
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