Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market 2016-2020
About Waterjet Cutting Machine
A waterjet cutter is an industrial machine that uses high-pressure waterjet or a combination of water and abrasive material mixed in water to cut a variety of materials. Abrasive waterjets are used in processing hard materials like granite, stones, and hard metals, while pure waterjets are used to process materials like rubber, textiles, and other soft materials.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global waterjet cutting machine market to grow at a CAGR of 8.48% during the period 2016-2020.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global waterjet cutting machine market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from segments such as end-users and geography.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Waterjet Cutting Machine Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global waterjet cutting machine market: Bystronic, Colfax, Huffman, KMT Waterjet, and OMAX.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: Dardi International, Flow International, Jet Edge, Koike Aronson, Resato International, and WARDJet.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “The new concept of micro-waterjet cutting technology is one of the trends spurring growth of this market. The most revolutionary waterjet cutting process that enables high precision in production and prototyping is the micro-waterjet cutting technology. This abrasive waterjet cutting is specifically designed for the 2D processing and cutting of micro parts that cannot generally be achieved by stamping or die-cutting while simultaneously retaining the integrity of the material. The process is mainly used for cutting heat-sensitive materials and other materials using high-pressure waterjets and crushed garnets as the abrasive. Micro-waterjet cutting delivers an accuracy of about +/-0.0004-inch and attains a position accuracy of +/-0.0001 inch. The overall process is quick and accurate, thereby aiding in the removal of extra material to generate a final product with very little heat deformation.”
According to the report, the introduction of robotic waterjets is a key driver contributing to this market’s growth. The application of robotic waterjet ranges from cutting, cleaning of various materials, and drilling. The whole process is carried out by the jet of water or high pressure water stream. The intensity of the pressure applied to the cleaning and the cutting operations varies greatly. An automated system enables the operation to be carried out without the guidance of an operator and takes much less time compared with a manual cutter, besides minimizing raw material wastage. Robotic waterjet welding is replacing many machining operations such as shearing, milling and punching, sawing and even processes like plasma and laser cutting for composite components and forged parts. But robotic waterjet cutting has its major application in the automotive industry.
Further, the report states that lack of precision is one of the major challenges the market is facing. Waterjet cutting is not as precise as laser cutting technology. The minimum slit size of the cut formed by waterjet cutting is 0.02 inches. In the case of thin materials, the high force induced by the waterjet cutting machine can deform the sheet and could alter the shape and uniformity of the material. However, waterjet cutting does not cause burring during the cutting process, as there is no thermal stress induced. But the metal surface may have a sand blasted appearance due to the high pressure abrasive materials used in the cutting process.
Bystronic, Colfax, Huffman, KMT Waterjet, OMAX, Dardi International, Flow International, Jet Edge, Koike Aronson, Resato International, WARDJet.