An Overview of the Latest Stone Cutting and Sculpting Technologies

Stonecutting

Thousands of years ago, sculptors and stonemasons used hand tools such as chisels to carve, shape, cut, and sculpt stone. Now, modern technology brings about more advanced tools that can easily cut and sculpt stone into finished pieces. You can gain access to these new technologies for your stone cutting and sculpting needs.

New Cutting Technologies

CNC cutting equipment are currently used in the stone cutting and composite industries. Recent developments, however, provide workers with new tools to cut and shape stone. This includes abrasive waterjet  and 5-axis milling technologies.

Waterjet Cutting

Abrasive waterjet technology is the latest development in cutting technology. The machines still need further developments such as the addition of a CNC control system, but the system already shows great potential. You can cut stone and granite with abrasive waterjets, although the technology is geared primarily towards metal cutting.

Still in Development

Abrasive waterjet uses a cold-cutting process to cut thick materials cleanly and quickly. The cutting process leaves no heat-affected zones on the material. Recent improvements to the technology include faster cutting speeds as well as software for better precision.

5-Axis Milling

Besides waterjet technology, you can also acquire a CNC 5-axis milling machine. This machine can run a cutting tool along five different axes. It enables craftsmen to produce highly complex stone articles with less effort.

Perks of a 5-Axis

A 5-axis machine also brings several advantages. With a 5-axis machine, you can push for a single-setup machining to lower lead times and improve efficiency. You can also prevent the cutting tool or the table from colliding with the tool holder by tilting either part. Tool life and cycle also improved due to this mechanism.

These two technologies can greatly help with stone cutting and sculpting needs. When thinking of purchasing such systems, you can look at the cost, reliability, efficiency, and other areas to ensure these technologies are perfect for you.