Drilling Tool Enables Waterjet Cutting Of Laminated Materials

This drill addresses delamination problems when cutting composites with waterjet.

According to manufacturer Wardjet, the Pneumatic drill addresses de-lamination problems when waterjet cutting materials such as laminated shim stock, composites and phenolics. The product enables drilling through such material at a specific offset from the waterjet cutting head. The waterjet can then start the cut from within the pre-drilled hole. This process can be automated with the IGEMS CAD/CAM program.

The drill can also be useful for cutting high-tolerance holes in various steel and stainless steel materials, the company says. By using the drill's reaming capabilities, users can pierce the initial hole with the waterjet and then proceed with reaming operations to obtain higher tolerances. The drill can be mounted on any of the company's waterjet cutting systems.

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