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Laser vs Waterjet

Updated: Jul 7, 2020


Laser cutting and waterjet cutting two popular cutting methods used by manufacturers. Depending on the type of material used and the preferred result, will determine which method is appropriate.

Laser cutting works well on a variety of materials including plastic, wood and some metals. The cutting process involves a laser to melt or vaporise the material, during the process a focused beam is used to cut. Laser cutters work well with materials that range between 0.12 to 0.4” in thickness.

In comparison waterjet cutting uses pressurised water (60,000 - 90,000psi) and applies a garnet abrasive which enables a wider range of materials to be cut clean and to close tolerances. Waterjet cutting allows almost any material to be cut up to 250mm thick,

Waterjet cutting offers a number of advantages in comparison to laser cutting:

-Can work with a wider range of materials

-No heat

-More environmentally friendly

-Better edge finish

-Better tolerance on thicker materials

We use Waterjet Sweden waterjet machine and are now able to offer, by way of recent alliances, Fibre Laser Cutting and Anodising. Anodising lengths up to 12000mm, the process adding strength, corrosion resistance and beauty to your parts.

If you have a project in mind then get in contact admin@octagonprecision.com or call us on 01243 376777


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