Here at Harvan Engineering, we offer both laser cutting and waterjet cutting services. You may be wondering, just what are the differences between the two? While both methods can be used for applications in a wide range of industries, like aerospace, transportation, and energy, they differ in a few key ways.
One of the main differences is that, while new advancements in laser cutting technology have increased the power of the equipment and have allowed lasers to make deeper cuts in thick materials like steel, waterjets are still the ideal way to cut through much thicker materials. Waterjet cutting is the use of a high pressure stream of water and sand, and, while may be slower than laser cutting, it is better for cutting thicker material. It can also handle some applications that laser cutting cannot. Our laser cutting machines are used for only metal materials, with the exception of aluminum, which can be more difficult to cut on a laser. We use waterjet cutting for that and non-metallic materials, like plastics, wood, and even stone.
While we prefer to use laser cutting because it’s a bit faster, you can see that the material used and the thickness of said materials are the main considerations when deciding whether or not to use waterjet cutting or laser cutting. No matter the method, we pride ourselves on the ability to deliver high-quality components on time, whether it’s just a prototype or a small to mid-sized order of parts. Keep an eye on this blog to learn more about advanced manufacturing.