ICEE to highlight 3D waterjet cutting at Southern Manufacturing show
Published: 16 February 2017 - Sarah Mead
Waterjet cutting in two- and three-dimensions on one machine offers designers and production engineers important new opportunities to innovate and save costs.
This will be the key message on ICEE
Managed Services stand J26 - at the Southern Manufacturing
exhibition, Farnborough, supported by promotion of other high quality manufacturing services the company provides including fibre laser cutting, bending or forming, fabrication and assembly.
Until recently it has only been possible to cut two-dimensional profiles in a variety of materials by waterjet, but with the latest investment ICEE has made in new equipment with advanced 5-axis computer numerical control (CNC) technology, we can cut compound 3D forms as well, all on one machine, says ICEE's key account manager Shane Thomas.
Waterjet cutting in 2D and 3D - opens up exciting new possibilities for designers to take a fresh look and be innovative in the use of materials and a process they might not have considered before, while production engineers may be able to have parts made now that could only be made previously by costly machining or casting, he says.
In some cases, 2D and 3D waterjet cutting where a high pressure jet of water is mixed with abrasive particles and forced at around 60,000 psi through a nozzle only 0.8mm in diameter - may be the only practical and affordable way to make parts.
The waterjet process, 2D and 3D, will cut through a variety of different materials and thicknesses including metals, plastics, wood and stone, such as granite over 200mm thick.
Besides waterjet, fibre laser cutting and parts forming and bending operations, ICEE offers a comprehensive turnkey manufacturing service that includes welding, finishing, fabrication and assembly. With these facilities the company also makes bespoke equipment enclosure products for the telecommunications, broadcasting and data processing industries.