3D waterjet cutting makes a splash

ICEE review edit_tmbWaterjet cutting in two- and three-dimensions on one machine offers designers and production engineers important new opportunities to innovate and save costs, says ICEE Managed Services. At Southern 2017, the company once again showcased its manufacturing services including fibre laser cutting, bending or forming, fabrication and assembly.

Until recently it has only been possible to cut two-dimensional profiles in a variety of materials by waterjet, but with the latest investment ICEE has made in new equipment, with advanced five-axis CNC technology, it can cut also compound 3D forms, all on one machine, says key account manager Shane Thomas.

“Waterjet cutting – in 2D and 3D – opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look and be innovative in the use of materials and a process they might not have considered before,” he says. “Production engineers may be able to have parts made now that could only be made previously by costly machining or casting”.

In some cases, 2D and 3D waterjet cutting – where a high pressure jet of water 0.8mm in diameter is mixed with abrasive particles and forced at around 60,000 psi through a cutting nozzle  – may be the only practical and affordable way to make parts. The waterjet process will cut through a variety of materials and thicknesses, including metals, plastics, wood and stone, such as granite over 200mm thick.

Besides waterjet, fibre laser cutting and parts forming and bending operations, ICEE offers a turnkey manufacturing service that includes welding, finishing, fabrication and assembly. With these facilities, it also makes bespoke equipment enclosure products for the telecommunications, broadcasting and data processing industries.

More information: www.icee.co.uk

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