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The Future of Precision Water Jet Cutting

Incodema is the first and only U.S. Company to install and offer micro waterjet technology, MicrocutTM. Microcut is a revolutionary manufacturing process enabling a higher degree of precision in prototyping and production runs. This advanced abrasive waterjet technology is specifically designed to machine two dimensional high precision and micro parts that may not be suitable for die cutting, stamping, or when material integrity must remain intact. This process decreases scrap rates and deburring while producing +/-0.01 tolerances. 


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MICROCUT Technology – The Process

Incodema’s Microcut technology is used to cut a wide range of materials, including heat sensitive types, using high pressure water and abrasive materials such as crushed garnet. Microcut cutting capabilities offer high precision with a cutting accuracy of +/-0.0004 in. (0.01mm) and a positioning accuracy of +/-0.0001 in. (0.003mm). This process quickly and accurately removes material to produce a finished piece with little to no burr or heat deformation. It is an ideal solution for soft materials such as rubber, plastics, or silicone.

With our precision waterjet machining process, there are low occurrences of process forces and thermal stress. With these properties even the most delicate contours can be cut. Due to the small diameter of the cut it is possible to create sharp-edged contours. And, with the cutting diameter being less than 0.012 in.(0.3mm), a very high material efficiently can be achieved.


MICROCUT Technology offers the following technological advantages 

  • Able to cut materials from plastic to hard alloys
  • Fast prototype production. “Just in time” fabrication
  • High cutting speeds
  • High cutting accuracy
  • High surface quality
  • Optimal material usage
  • Low cutting forces (load)
  • No thermal impact (heat)
  • No change in material structure
  • Narrow kerf width
  • Minimal secondary finishing 

What advantages does MICROCUTcutting have over other forms of cutting?

  • Fast transition from design to cutting
  • Faster setup and cutting speed with higher accuracy
  • Minimizes secondary cleaning operations
  • Small kerfs
  • Ideal for quick prototype, flexible production and proven for high volume production
  • Optimum material utilization with CAD/CAM software 

Microcut Specifications 

MICROCUT's micromachining technology provides higher cutting accuracies and tighter tolerances than standard cutting processes:

  • Positioning accuracy 0.0001 in. (0.003mm) 
  • Contouring accuracy +/- 0.0004 in (0.01mm) 
  • Kerf width 0.009 in (0.2 mm) min. 
  • Kerf width 0.0118 in. (0.3 mm) min. with abrasive 
  • Maximum work piece size 24 x 39 inches (600 x 1000 mm) 


MICROCUT operates without generating heat affected zones, allowing material composition to remain unaltered. Superior edge quality and minimal burr is achieved, resulting in no distortion or stress. In comparison, wire EDM and laser cutting technologies as thermal processes make it impossible to produce such high precision results without affecting material molecular makeup. 

Process Comparison 

The MICROCUT process was specifically designed to machine two dimensional, high precision, and micro parts with a substantially smaller kerf width (0.012in.) compared to traditional cutting processes (0.045in.) that are primarily used to cut or rough out large shapes and/or thicker materials. 

More competitive with EDM and Laser Cutting, MICROCUT cuts without Heat Affected Zones (HAZ). 

Applications

MICROCUT is an excellent alternative cutting method to traditional machining for a wide range of materials as compared to EDM or Laser Cutting. The applications are very broad based across multiple industries including:

  • Prototyping 
  • Research & Development 
  • Electronics 
  • Automotive/ Motorsports 
  • Medical Technology/ Tools/ Implants/ Components 
  • Aerospace/ Defense 
  • Art/ Jewelry 
  • Scale Models