Waterjet cutting robots use a high-pressure jet of water to cut through soft materials like rubber and food. Sometimes abrasives are added to the waterjet stream to cut harder materials like metal and granite.
Though the method of waterjet cutting has been around since the 1800s when high pressured water was used to erode rock during hydraulic mining, it did not find its way into the industrial world until the 1930s, where it was used for paper cutting. It wasn’t until years later that robotics were introduced to the equation and the pressure was amped up for faster cutting abilities.
Waterjet cutting is used today because it speeds up productivity on the line, cutting production costs for the manufacturer while ramping up revenue.
Among the forms of robot cutting systems like laser and plasma cutting, robotic waterjet cutting is the fastest and most flexible method of cutting most plastics, foam, rubber, leather, composites, stone, tile, metals, food and paper. It is not an effective method for cutting glass, diamonds or some ceramics.
A waterjet cutter can work so quickly that it runs faster than the robot performing the application.
This form of cutting is used in several industries, including the automotive, mining and aerospace industry.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for FANUC, Motoman and KUKA robots, has a line of robotic waterjet cutting systems available for purchase and customization. Our highly skilled team of engineers, salesmen and designers will work with you to find the right waterjet cutting system for you.