We recently laser cut several integral parts for Sheffield University’s formula racing team, used in the construction of the team’s fastest and most advanced racing car to date. The parts, made from mild steel, stainless and aluminium were used in construction of the chassis (mild steel), chain guard (stainless), fuel tank and wheels (aluminium).
We were delighted to see the end result of a project to produce this aluminium curtain or dart wall, which is being used in an office environment. We cut the aluminium with water jet for our customer A W Jeffreys, who fabricated the dart wall from a number of separate panels. The material is 3mm anodized grade aluminium.
Due to increasing customer demand, we are now offering around the clock waterjet cutting.
Previously running on two shifts, the changes will see our large waterjet machines move to 24 hour cutting. The move represents our on-going commitment to providing competitive profiles, short lead times and reliable on-time deliveries.
One of the major benefits of waterjet cutting technology is its ability to profile a wide range of materials, it is not limited to operating on a ‘metal-only’ basis like our laser and flame cutting technologies.
This ability really comes into it’s own when considering plastics, with there being so many different types, such as nylon, polyethylene, acrylic and even carbon fibre reinforced plastics, being able to cut them all using a single process is a great advantage.
Since we installed our first flatbed water jet cutting machine almost a decade ago, we’ve seen the popularity of this cutting method grow considerably. With plans to grow our water jet cutting services during 2015, we thought we could take this opportunity to look at just why water jet cutting is so popular and what benefits it possesses over other profiling methods such as laser, flame and plasma.
Cutting non-ferrous and highly reflective materials using CO2 laser technology has always been a tricky operation. Due to the potential issues that can arise, many profiling companies has often shied away from using lasers to cut these reflective metals.
Charles Day Limited of Sheffield, a long established specialist profiling and cutting operation with multi-installation laser and flame cutting facilities, has recently placed an order with WJS (Water Jet Sweden) for a multi head water jet cutting machine with a cutting bed of 8m x 4m.The new machine will offer the UK’s largest subcontract water jet cutting bed with multi head cutting.