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Laser Cutting vs. Waterjet Cutting: Which Is Right For My Project?

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When it comes to cutting materials, a few different methods can be used. You can use a laser, waterjet, or even a plasma cutter. Each of these methods has its own benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between laser cutting and waterjet cutting, so you can decide which is suitable for your project!

1. Operations Of Waterjet Cutting and Laser Cutting

Laser cutting and waterjet cutting are computer-controlled processes using a high-pressure stream of water or laser beam to cut through the material.

Waterjet cutting is generally used for thicker materials, while laser cutting is better suited for thinner materials.  Waterjets can be used to cut a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, glass, laminated composites and even stone.

Waterjet cutting uses a high-pressure stream of water, mixed with a cutting medium, typically garnet,  to cut through the material. The water is forced through a small nozzle (typically .030” to .040”) at extremely high speeds (about 50,000 psi), just prior to entering the nozzle, the garnet is introduced into the water stream, thus the garnet is blasted into the material, which is what does the actual piercing and cutting of the material.

Laser cutting works by using a focused laser beam to cut through the material. The laser beam is directed at the material, and the heat from the laser melts or vaporizes the material.

 

2. Level Of Precision

Both laser cutting and waterjet cutting offer a high level of precision. However, laser cutting is typically more precise than waterjet cutting.  Waterjet cutting can have an accuracy of +/- 0.005 inches (0.13mm), while laser cutting can have an accuracy of +/- 0.001 inches (0.025mm).

3. Cost

The cost of laser cutting and waterjet cutting depends on a few factors, including the type of machine, the material being cut, the thickness of the material, and the level of precision required.

Generally, laser cutting is less expensive than waterjet cutting. This is because laser cutting is so much faster than waterjet cutting.

4. Speed

Laser cutting is faster than waterjet cutting. Waterjet cutting can cut through material at speeds of up to 200 to inches per minute (ipm), depending on the material type and thickness.

Laser cutting can cut through materials at speeds of up to 1200 ipm, depending on material type and thickness.

Laser cutting is faster because the laser beam can quickly melt or vaporize the material. Waterjet cutting is slower.

5. Quality Of The Cut

Laser cutting usually produces a cleaner cut than waterjet cutting. Waterjet cutting can leave a rough edge on the material, while laser cutting usually leaves a smooth, clean edge.

Laser cutting is more precise and can produce a cleaner cut because the laser beam can be focused and directed with more accuracy.

Waterjet cutting can produce a rougher edge depending on the speed of cutting.

6. Material Options

Waterjet cutting can be used on a wider variety of materials than laser cutting.  Waterjet cutting can typically cut anything that the laser can.  Waterjet cutting leaves no heat affected zone (HAZ)

Laser cutting can be used on materials, such as carbon steel, mild steel, stainless steel, steel alloys, and aluminum.  Lasers will definitely have a HAZ, on the cut surface.

Laser cutting is more precise, faster, and produces a cleaner cut than waterjet cutting. Typically, laser cutting is less expensive than waterjet cutting. Waterjet cutting may be less precise and slower than laser cutting and more expensive. Waterjet cutting is more flexible can virtually cut anything you put under the cutting stream.  Choosing the right cutting method is important based on the material being cut and the required level of precision.

Where To Get The Best Waterjet and Laser Cutting Services?

Southwest Waterjet and Laser offers waterjet and laser cutting services in Phoenix, Arizona. We use the latest technology and equipment to provide the best quality cuts for our clients. We offer various services, including custom cutting, CNC cutting, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our waterjet and laser cutting services!