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Waterjet Cutting Fiber Reinforced Plastic And Carbon Fiber Machine
You can easily cut carbon fiber and fiberglass with abrasive water jet cutter. In fact, waterjet cutting can be used to cut any type of composite, from the softest to the hardest materials. The wide range of composites that are cut by waterjet cutting include: Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastic (GRP or GFRP) Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP or CRP) Carbon Fiber Reinforced Carbon (C/C) Composite Foams Composite Papers Metal Matrix Composites Ceramic Matrix Composites Any types of carbon fiber
There are many factors that make water jet cutting the best way to cut composite materials like fiberglass and tough carbon fiber. Some of these factors are:
High quality parts
Water jet cutting has very high precision and can produce high quality parts. The precision machining of the water jet cutter also allows the part to be used as is in the application. Also, no secondary finishing process is required, as the water jet allows for a smoother finish.
Other cutting alternatives often result in carbon fiber delamination as well as rough surface edges, which do not occur with waterjet cutting.
No heat affected zone
When cutting hard materials such as composites, most cutting tools generate a lot of heat that can damage the material near the cut location. These areas not only destroy the integrity of the material, but also affect its visual appearance.
However, high pressure water jet cutting is a cold cutting process. Therefore, no heat is generated, thereby eliminating any heat affected zone. The water jet itself dissipates heat in nature.
Dust free cutting
Cutting composite materials with blade cutters or other cutting tools creates carbon dust in the environment. This dust is harmful to health and hinders operation. However, in water jet cutting, all the dust produced is dissolved and washed away with the jet of water cutting, completely suppressing the dust. Therefore, the environment is completely dust-free.
Most composite cutting tools present safety concerns, such as injury to the workforce. However, waterjet cutting ensures complete labor safety. In addition, the tool itself is controlled by the CNC mechanism, and the operator does not need to operate the cutting head at all. This means that there is no chance of injury at all.
Pressurized water jet cutting is a green process. Does not emit toxic fumes or hazardous waste. Even carbon fiber dust generated as waste can be filtered and used as abrasive for abrasive water jet cutting. Additionally, the water itself can be recycled back into the system.
Various shapes and thicknesses
Water jet cutting can create a variety of cut shapes, from simple 2D cuts to intricate 3D cuts. There are multi-axis water jet cutters available for this purpose. Additionally, it supports composite boards of any thickness.