2-D + 3-D = 5-Axis Waterjet Cutting
While five-axis operations such as bevel cutting and other weld prep operations have been possible on abrasive waterjet machines for some time, the capability to process 3D parts such as tubes and pipes on the same waterjet is relatively new. This is opening up new possibilities for metal fabricators.
Shops that once focused primarily on flat 2D work now have the opportunity to take on 3D work with one five-axis abrasive waterjet machine. And those shops specializing in tube and pipe fabrication can now process their 3d cylindrical parts on the same type of machine. Additionally, that same five-axis abrasivejet machine allows fabricators to process flat 2D parts, such as gussets and supports, that may have been previously farmed out to other shops.