Laser-Waterjet

Laser cutting is a method of cutting material using the energy of a highly concentrated beam of light. The beam of light is generated by a high-power laser, using optics to direct the beam to the workpiece. The laser beam melts, burns or vaporizes a very narrow slit through the material. Laser cutters are often applied to flat sheets or to formed pieces or tubes. Laser technology can also be used for welding, cladding, vapor deposition, engraving, trimming, annealing, heat treating and hardening.

Waterjet is a method of cutting material that uses the energy of highly pressurized water. Under as much as 90,000 psi, a fine stream of water passes through a nozzle with a very small orifice. The force of the water stream is sufficient to penetrate and cut softer materials. To cut harder, denser materials, an abrasive powder (usually garnet) is introduced into the stream.

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