Now more than ever, the prototyping industry is leveraging the power of technology—and it’s no surprise, given the myriad new technologies that have surfaced in recent years. One of the most innovative pieces of equipment to impact the world of prototyping is waterjet cutting machinery, which is capable of cutting virtually any material at 60,000 psi to within .005 inch of tolerance. A waterjet cutter cuts using a high-pressure jet of water or water mixed with an abrasive substance such as sand or garnet. This equipment has numerous benefits, including the wide range of materials it is able to cut as well as improved precision and fewer risks compared to other cutters.
Waterjet cutting is unique in that it offers highly precise, highly efficient cutting and trimming without the risk of damage associated with other forms of cutting—for example, the heat distortion that commonly accompanies the use of laser-driven heat plasma cutters. For PRG and our clients, our acquisition of an AKS cantilever X3 waterjet cutting machine translates to the ability to produce prototype parts that are about as exact as you can get. Such precision is a major advantage in product development, dramatically enhancing one’s ability to inspect and adjust the form, fit, and function of a product. Precision-cut pieces are bound to fit, snap, weld, or glue together more tightly than less exact ones, after all, making waterjet cutting a superior choice for many products comprised of multiple parts.
A waterjet cutting machine can cut plastics, wood, granite, rubber, ceramic tile, foam, metals such as stainless steel, brass, and aluminum, and any number of other materials. It can also cut through materials that are up to 6 inches thick, and those as thin as 1/16 inch. In the case of thin materials, PRG can also stack and cut several sheets at once to produce several parts for the same cost, and without the use of pricey tooling or molds. What all of this means is that virtually any prototype involving multiple parts can be created to test for and improve upon features such as durability, strength, fit, functionality, safety, and more—quickly and affordably. Moreover, at PRG we have combined the best in waterjet cutting equipment with computer-aided design and manufacturing data, putting technology to work to eliminate the need to order parts from overseas—now, we can produce virtually any part a product might require right here in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Offering more precision, flexibility, and time- and cost-efficiency than ever before, PRG is eager to help you make your product concept a reality. So if you’re looking to get started on your next product prototype, follow the link to obtain a free quote on a waterjet cutting project.
PRG Prototyping specializes in designing and building new products, with a focus on concept design engineering, design for manufacturability, prototype development, production, and marketing presentations. PRG can also provide information on patent protection and intellectual property services. For more information, or to obtain a free quote on your next product prototype, contact PRG Prototyping today.