Embraced largely by the Defence, Space, Aerospace and Nuclear industries, large scale 5-Axis Abrasive Waterjet machining has allowed the advantages of the process to be realized in the finishing of fabricated structures, pressed parts, composite moulded parts and other such 3-D components. The Water Jet Sweden FiveX model offer full 5 axis motion for free form 3D cutting.
Major aero engine manufacturers have turned to FiveX AWJ to produce apertures in fabrications manufactured from titanium then finish machined. Traditionally when the apertures were removed by traditional chip machining processes, stresses in the material were released in a manner that distorted the part and took the previously good geometry into an unacceptable form. Using 5-axis AWJ to create these final apertures did not create the same stresses in the material and left the edges without heat affected zone and in a non-work hardened state.
Alignment of 3-d shapes is made through automatic routines using a Renishaw probe, eliminating the risk of misalignment of the work piece on the machine.
In the defense and armour industry, materials such as Kevlar, Carbon and other laminates can be cut easily to precise form using AWJ. Applications include the trimming of moulded parts to final shape such as for the underneath of military vehicles and high security vehicles.
With Z-Axis capacities up to 1500mm and with 4m x 6m available as standard in X and Y respectively a generous working area is provided with plenty of area for the cutting head to travel around the part. Built on a solid gantry construction not only provides a high integrity dynamic motion, but also a fully protected working zone for the operator
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