Excerpt from MetalForming
Let Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Fill the Gaps in Your Contract Metal Fab
Waterjet cutting compares favorably with other methods used to cut metal-alloy sheet and plate, offering reliable accuracy, quick setup time and fast cutting of a wide range of materials, without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ) or altering material properties. Although abrasive waterjet may cut some materials more slowly than other processes, in the right application it can serve as an ideal and cost-effective tool for one-step production and for secondary part processing.
The advantages of abrasive waterjet cutting in fabricating operations become clear when shops compare its capabilities with those of oxyfuel, plasma and laser cutting.