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Waterjet cutting edge quality refers to how rough the edge of a cut part appears and how square or tapered it is. With waterjet, edge qualities typically range from Quality 1 (Q1) to Quality 5 (Q5) with Q5 being the best, most accurate edge quality. Following are descriptions for edge quality options available when cutting with OMAX abrasive waterjet machines.

waterjet cutting edge quality

In abrasive waterjet machining, the cutting speed and edge quality are directly related. The higher the quality of the cut, the slower the cutting speed. It is possible to choose Q5 or Q6 for every job. However, it may take two or three times as long to achieve a Q5 than a Q3 on the same part. Because the time taken to cut parts is usually a major factor in the cost of a project, you must select the right quality of cut for every job to get the maximum speed for every given job.

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