Today, more people are opting for using water jet technology to cut their tile than other, more traditional methods of tile cutting, such as hand tools and CNC machines. There are numerous benefits of using water jet cutting to shape your tile, regardless of the type of tile material you’re using: granite, marble, limestone, travertine, soapstone, slate, ceramic or porcelain. These applications can be used for inlays, signs, backsplashes, accents, flooring, counters and more.
When comparing water jet cutting to standard cutting tools, water jet applications are the easiest to use and produce the best results. Here are just a few examples of specific benefits associated with using water jet cutting in San Francisco, CA for tiles:
- Outstanding edge: Abrasive waterjet cutting does not put any heat or surface stress on the material being cut. This allows the tile to retain its original strength and appearance even after it has been sliced through. Other applications that create or make use of heat run the risk of permanently weakening the material.
- Minimal kerfing: The extremely thin cutting capability of a waterjet allows for you to cut just about any type of design to perfection without having to worry about kerfs. This is especially important for cutting stone and ceramic materials to be used for tile, as you ideally want all of your tiles to have a uniform, smooth appearance.
- Greater productivity: Water jet cutting is generally much quicker and more efficient than other types of cutting for tile, allowing you to have a much greater output within a certain amount of time without having to worry about compromising the quality of the material and cuts.
- Material savings: Because water jet cutting is more accurate, has less kerfing and has a much smaller cutting radius, you are able to significantly reduce the amount of scrap you create in a given project. This means you save on raw materials and maximize financial efficiency for every project. You’ll get more tiles out of your material than you would for other types of cutting applications.
- Low cost: Waterjet nozzles and orifices will need to be replaced every now and then, but otherwise, once you’ve made the initial investment in the equipment, there really isn’t much in the way of ongoing expenses. The same cannot be said about other methods of cutting tiles.
- More cutting options: The versatility of water jet cutting means you can make all different types of cuts in a wider variety of locations. Options include omnidirectional cutting (even in tight corners), single-pass cutting (depending on the thickness of the material) and net or near-net cutting. No matter what type of cut you’re doing, there’s little to no need for extensive part clamping or vertical or lateral forces.
These are just a few of the biggest advantages associated with using water jet cutting in San Francisco, CA for cutting tiles. For more information, give Mach 1 Waterjet, Inc. a call today and we’ll be happy to tell you more about our services.