We used to have one where I work which cut steel, even hardened Rc 62
tool steel. It cost around $250,000 new, with all the toys. I'm sure
the woodworking versions are smaller and less expensive. Accuracy
fluctuates with the material type and thickness. We could hold .005"
Juergen Hannappel wrote:
Wood cuts quite nicely with a waterjet, but the machines are typically
too expensive to justify purchasing only for cutting wood. However,
if you do a mix of wood and other materials (plastic, metal, stone, or
whatever), then using it for wood work can be justified. For some
Typically, the wood would be cut with an abrasive, but if the wood is
exceptionally soft or thin, then it may be cut with water-only, to
save some costs.
New Machines cost from $80,000 to $250,000. The price is a function
of table size, accuracy, pumping power, and accessories.
For more info on waterjet cutting in general, visit
http://www.waterjets.org , (my web site)
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