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What Are the Advantages of Water Jet Cutter in the Automotive Industry?

An increasing number of industries are realizing the rewards of high-pressure waterjet cutting, and one of which is the automotive industry. Let us delve into the manifold ways that the water jet system of cutting is helping the automotive and car manufacturing sphere achieve greater heights of success today

Water Jet cutter does not discriminate against the metal it will work on. 

It is important to highlight that water jet cutting is an industry-wide method of choice when it comes to cutting many different types of materials, even metals. As we see it, this is a huge boon for car producers and the automotive industry at large because their primary focus in terms of production is, evidently, metal. 

The water jet system of cutting can be utilized on a variety of metals, including aluminum, mild steel, stainless steel, copper, titanium, alloys, and brass.

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It delivers an exceptionally clean final cut with an extraordinary edge quality that removes the need for secondary finishing. It is also renowned for its cold-cutting qualities. This means to say that no part or portion of the metal you are working on will be affected by heat because it will never generate it. 

It plays well with the current robotics system.

One of the most advantageous elements of water jet cutter for the automotive industry is how easily it melds into existing automobile manufacturing processes. This form of cutting, in particular, can be seamlessly incorporated into existing robotic systems.

Water jet cutting is non-abrasive. It can work with a wide range of materials, including carpeting, insulation, and head linings, and many more. Moreover, this material cutting method is extremely clean; unlike other conventional cutting technologies, it is practically mess-free and generates very little waste material throughout the whole cutting process.

It is Highly Efficient. 

The high-efficiency rate of the water jet system is another appealing feature, the reason why the automotive manufacturing space favors it so much in its production. It is low-maintenance, comes with a streamlined process, and most importantly, gives car manufacturing bodies the excellent finish they require, even under limited time constraints.

It will not put the environment in harm’s way. 

technologyNumerous processes associated with industrial manufacturing often lead to pollution and less-than-optimal air quality. This earned the traditional material cutting systems notoriety; water jet systems eliminated the shortcomings of industrial cutting processes.

It is also known to generate relatively little trash and emits no harmful emissions, which can be detrimental to the surrounding environment. 

Multiple robotic systems and cutting heads using only abrasive or pure water can be mounted on a single cutting station. This signifies that a waterjet cutting system on an automotive assembly line can manage the production of a variety of different parts made of different materials. It will not halt the line that will modify anything other than the control program.

The above points we presented above make up some of the many good reasons why this technology is very much ideal for fast-paced fabrication and manufacturing environments such as the automotive industry, where very precise cuts are imperative and manufacturing and production timelines must be strictly adhered to. 

How Important is 3D Printing Machines for PPE Manufacturing?

It is very clear to see that during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, the medical community will  have a sudden surge on their demand for PPEs or personal protective equipment

PPEAs a matter of  fact, the demand now for PPEs, such as facemasks, gloves, lab gowns, and face shields, due to the coronavirus scare has outpaced what the traditional supply chain can provide. Right now, the health care sector is having a hard time in coping with the increased demand for PPEs. This explains the reason why the help of the 3D printing sphere is so relevant these days. 

We have to anticipate that the manufacturing firms that are steadfastly holding on to their traditional methods of production will have a hard time in keeping up with this overwhelming demand now for PPEs.

But manufacturing firms that have established their own additive manufacturing system in place (also known as 3D printing) is not going to be rattled but  will be up for this challenge. They know how to make their production systems adapt  to  accommodate the current manufacturing demands of such PPEs. 

There is also a good chance that these firms already have on stock the required raw materials for the manufacturing process, such as powder or the fabric needed in the production of lab gowns, as well as a versatile 3D printing machine.

Aside from those, they won’t be able to do anything without the product design specifications itself and the corresponding software application that will run the 3D printer machine. 

Recognizing the need of the healthcare industry to take advantage of the 3D printing process so it can immediately address the urgent need for PPE production, the FDA office launched an FAQ page containing frequently asked questions addressing the issue. 

While the FDA is not dismissing the need for such a kind of manufacturing style, it is evident that PPEs created using  additive manufacturing technology have their own set of limitations, most especially if you will put them alongside  the traditionally manufactured PPEs.  

With reference  to the FDA FAQ page, it states that:

While the production of certain types of PPEs is possible with the use of 3D printing, there is a pressing need for us to overcome first certain technical challenges for it to become highly effective. 

For instance, a PPE that has been 3D printed may come with a physical barrier, but may have difficulty in providing air filtration protection and fluid barrier system which are  the highlighted features of the FDA-approved N95 respirators and surgical masks. 

In addition, the office of the FDA also acknowledged that ventilator tubing connectors, ventilators and ventilator accessories and certain other medical equipment and devices could be 3D printed, either the whole of it or just part of the equipment. 

They recently tagged these products to have  the “Emergency Use Authorization”. One can glean from the FDA FAQ site and is expressly stated in there that this would cover also the 3D printed devices such as 3D printed tubing connectors,  which are used in multiplexing ventilators.  

With all these cautions and concerns laid out before us by the FDA, manufacturing companies involved in the production of PPEs and other medical devices that in the moment are in great shortage need to take into account applying certain best practices in their operations.

For instance, these manufacturing firms should think of including warning notices on their 3D printed PPE products concerning the possible limitations that their products may have with regard to providing fluid barrier protection to the user as opposed to that of an equipment that is manufactured the traditional way. 

Manufacturing firms who are intending to 3D print an entire  device or just a part of it, including ventilators and tubes, are encouraged to reach out and consult the FDA first before they decide to engage themselves in such a  kind of production.