Water jet cutting machines have established themselves as incredibly valuable tools when it comes to shaping modern stone benchtops. Their unprecedented ability to cut-to-size, cut sinks, make tap holes and mitre edges in a single operation has earned them great popularity in the past few years. Let’s dig deeper into the importance of water jet machines for cutting stone benchtops.
Why Use Water jet Machines for Cutting Stone Benchtops?
Water jet machines are certainly the best solution for cutting and shaping new generation materials like porcelain and Dekton stone. What makes it a powerful cutting tool is its use of an ultra high-pressure stream of water blended with abrasive, which allows it to cut through the hardest stone of any thickness, without emitting any dust.
No matter how brittle the ceramic, marble, or other tile material is, water jet machines have the potential to pierce through any stone. In just a fraction of time, these machines can make cut-outs, curves, and tap holes that were once cut using power tools and other time-consuming traditional methods. Besides being a dustless wet process, there is no need to sharpen any blades or saws when using a water jet.
Another great benefit is that a water jet significantly reduces the waste loading on equipment used for water treatment. This is because a water jet comprises of a kerf width of only 1-1.5mm as opposed to the finger tool that normally removes about 20mm of stone for the complete length of the cut.
In a single operation, a water jet allows fabricators to integrate standard DXF files onto the machines, fix mitre positions and desired edge finish, and cut entire slabs. The cutting tool of the machine is a jet that contains a fine angle of taper in the water stream.
As a result, most water jet machines come with in-built taper compensation technology. This technology creates a perfect 90 or 45-degree angle on the joint faces by slightly tilting the head towards the waste side of the line.
Hence, with the ability to cut a huge range of materials, water jet machines can let your imagination run wild. Cutting and shaping stone benchtops with accuracy and precision has been challenging for traditional cutting tools. But this innovation has brought freedom for designers and artists in choosing any material they want.
For instance, lasers can only help in cutting a limited set of materials, but water jets can pierce through a wide range of materials from wood to ceramics to hard stone benchtops. And all it takes to cut through the material is a few mouse clicks.
Thus, water jet machines assure you high-quality cutting within the specified timelines.