The Use of High Pressure Waterjets in Cutting Foam
Expanded plastic foam is increasingly being used as a light, inexpensive yet effective method for providing object support in packaging. However, the most effective use of this support requires that the packaging material be carved to roughly conform to the shape of the packaged object. High Pressure waterjet cutting systems were developed for use as industrial cutting tools, with significant market penetration having occurred within the last seven years. The majority of the applications for this novel tool have, however, been directed at cutting harder and more difficult materials, with the use of abrasive injection, or for the cutting of relatively soft materials. The range of foams which must be considered for the current operation lies over a range of densities which fits between these two extremes. The cutting of foam, in general, provides a material which it is extremely easy to cut at relatively rapid rates.
S. Yaxici and D. A. Summers, "The Use of High Pressure Waterjets in Cutting Foam," Proceedings of the Fourth U.S. Water Jet Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Jan 1987.
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