Waterjet cutting of stone has advanced considerably over the last few decades and today waterjet is accepted as the norm with fabricators prove the benefits afforded by this technology.
Why Use A Flow Waterjet for Cutting Stone?
Waterjet technology is best answer for cutting and mitering new generation materials such as Dekton and porcelain. Waterjet effectively uses an ultra-high pressure stream of water mixed with abrasive as a powerful cutting tool which cuts through the hardest material in virtually any thickness and no dust emmissions.
Waterjet machines cut stone with precision
Flow waterjet technology enables fabricators to load common DXF files onto the equipment, set mitre positions and required edge finish, and cut whole slabs in a single operation. The cutting tool is a “jet” which has a fine angle of taper in the water stream, consequently many waterjet machines now incorporate “taper compensation technology” which tilts the head slightly to the waste side of the line and delivers a perfect 90 or 45 degree angle on the faces to be joined.
A waterjet machine reduces waste
When compared with using CNC spindle routers for cutting sinks and curves, waterjet significantly reduces the waste loading on water treatment equipment. This is due to the fact that waterjet only has a 1-1.5mm kerf width verses a finger tool which typically removes around 20mm of material for the entire length of the cut.
Faster cutting of stone materials
Flow Waterjet cutting machines are able to cut and pierce virtually all stone, marble, ceramic and tile products no matter how brittle the material. Undersink cutouts, tap holes and curves which were once cut with power tools can now be cut in a fraction of the time with waterjet, which reduces cutting time to a fraction of traditional cutting methods. Waterjet also eliminates the need to sharpen saws or blades, and as this is a wet process there is no dust.
By adding a Flow waterjet to your operation, many stone processors are finding that waterjet is an essential part of their day to day operations. As an Australian stone fabricator states:
“Every year we sit down and analyse what equipment delivers best for our requirements and we conclude every time that our waterjet is the best investment we ever made.”
Machines for Stone
Mach 100 (For square edge cutting)
The Flow Mach 100
(previously known as the Mach 2B) is a light industrial waterjet system which combines efficiency with exceptional value. The Mach 100 is the perfect platform for operations looking to integrate the versatility of waterjet cutting into their process at a cost-effective price.
With Flow expertise inside and out, the Mach 100 features the same genuine core components available on Flow’s elite waterjets. Whether your application is to cut marble, granite, porcelain, or engineered stone the Mach 100 is an extremely versatile workhorse for day to day operations.