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Waterjet Cutting in the Aerospace Industry


KMT Waterjet intensifier pump technology and abrasive waterjet cutting heads have been extensively used in the aerospace industry for cutting titanium, Inconel, brass, aluminum, and steel, as well as cutting composites from .039"/1 mm to 6"/150 mm.

A complete waterjet table machine utilizing five-axis to a fully integrated six-axis motion control allows for precise metal cutting solutions for aircraft fuselages, tail and wing sections, rotary blades, and sheet-metal parts up to 12"/381 cm thick, depending on the material.

There are No Heat-Affected Zones (HAZ) and no burrs or rough edges (which eliminates the need for secondary finishing). This makes KMT’s waterjet products an ideal cutting solution for the aerospace industry. There’s almost nothing that high pressure water and an abrasive waterjet additive cannot cut and cut well. So when your margin for error is zero, trust KMT Waterjet and our global network of OEM experts who can customize a complete waterjet machine system to meet and exceed your needs.

 

ADVANTAGES OF WATERJET CUTTING IN THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

  • No material deformation caused by heat
  • No hardening of the material along the cut edge
  • No changes to the metal structure
  • No heat affected zones (HAZ)
  • No hazardous fumes or vapors
  • None or minimal need for reworking
  • Hold tolerances at +/-0.076 mm (.003")
  • Omni-directional cutting. Minimal tolerances. No waste of raw materials.
  • Faster cutting with speeds up to Mach 4 (90,000 PSI/6,200 bar) water pressure

Cutting Comparison - Waterjet Cutting vs. Laser Cutting vs. Plasma Cutting

KMT Cutting Comparison - Waterjet Cutting vs. Laser Cutting vs. Plasma Cutting