According to water jet machine manufacturers, the growing trend in the waterjet industry is to push this space towards developing a more compact, cheaper and more precise cutting machine. This is a great new for many existing machine and fabrication shop operators, or perhaps it could be a great addition to many existing waterjet shops. A word like this puts you into great anticipation of seeing more of this new type of waterjet machines with enhanced features in the not so distant future.
In the next 10 years or so, we can expect to see the following changes in the waterjet machine industry:
Greater Number of Water Jet Machine Manufacturers Involved in this Industry
Industry experts are in high anticipation that more and more manufacturing companies will take an interest in the production of waterjet cutting machines, from today up until the near future. The vast majority of them would be system integrators. These are those who will gather and buy existing components and assemble them up in their end.
More machines in different shops
It will certainly reach a point where this type of cutting machine will become a ubiquitous piece of equipment you and you will see it in many different machine and fabrication shops. Although the vast majority of these shops, right this very moment, are not able to grasp yet what this kind of technology is really capable of and what it can truly deliver in terms of precision cutting.
More Engineers Will Understand Water Jets
Engineers who’ve been exposed to these machines while in college are likely to finish their studies knowing exactly how to design parts in the best way possible. If you are not aware yet, a manifold of these engineering universities now has a waterjet of their own.
Others actually have several units and the reason why those educational institutions are acquiring such kind of machines for their own? No less than for educational and training purposes of their community of students.
Engineers who have been using or are exposed to these machines in college will graduate knowing how to best design parts to take advantage of these machines. Many large engineering universities now have at least one waterjet. Some of them have several. Waterjets are even showing up in Community College programs as prices drop and more people become aware of the technology.
Improvements in waterjet technology will go in as far as machine maintenance is concerned. The improvements will be more on refining and polishing the machine’s features and enhancing the usability functions.
Trying to look this far into the future, with the incessantly changing technology at an accelerating pace, things become harder when it comes to predicting the future
Looking this far into the future, especially with technology changing at an ever-accelerating pace, it is very difficult to give an accurate vision of what is to come. We can make conjectures that are closest to what we currently have.
According to water jet machine manufacturers, this cutting-edge technology will be driven by the following factors
- Neural Network software
- Hardware and software architectures that make use fractals like neural net structures
- Genetic Algorithms
- Exponential increases in computer memory and speed.
We still have a long way to go with respect to our journey in further developing waterjet technology and make it serve our intended purpose. People in the future will look back into our time as the period when great milestones for this technology happened.