Waterjet Cutting and Routing for the Automotive and Aerospace 2002-01-3392
The automotive and the aerospace industries are constantly looking at optimizing their production with cost effective and versatile material separation processes suitable for machining three-dimensional parts (3D) in all kind of materials.
Automation with robots has become quite common for manufacturing large serials of parts with constant quality and accuracy, avoiding risks for the operator.
This paper will deal with robotised waterjet cutting used to cut automotive floor carpets and other interior trim parts such as headliners, instrument panels, door panels, trunk liners, acoustical insulation, parcel shelves and some fiberglass reinforced components.
Furthermore we will talk about robotised routing, a suitable alternative for machining some of the above mentioned components. We will also describe abrasive waterjet, ideal for cutting 3D components made of metals, alloys and thick composites.