Precision Metal Cutting Service
Waterjet cutting offers a number of cost saving benefits and advantages over more antiquated technologies. Browse each of the following sections to learn more about this innovative process.
Waterjets can be setup rapidly. There is no tooling or extensive fixturing. This means that low quantities can be produced as efficiently as high quantities. This is perfect for lean strategies. A part can go from design to finished production in a matter of minutes.
Waterjets are capable of cutting materials to within +/- .004”. Using the Tilt-A-Jet, taper is minimized and accuracies can be sustained on thick materials.
Waterjets can machine an almost endless variety of materials. A waterjet can cut 1½” steel, switch to 1/16” plastic and then 1” granite, all in the course of a day or even an hour!
Cuts Difficult Materials
Both hardened materials and gummy materials are easily cut.
Cuts Thin Materials
Very thin materials such as thin plastics or shim stock can be cut with no problem.
Cuts Thick Materials
Materials up to 5 or 6 inches thick can be cut.
Waterjet cutting is a cold process. This precision metal cutting process does not put any heat into the material. Therefore you do not get a Heat Affected Zone (HAZ). You won’t experience any distortion or warping either. Parts can be handled immediately after cutting.
No Secondary Operations
Waterjets cut extraordinarily clean. Parts can be taken directly from the machine with minimal secondary operations.
Waterjets provide maximum material utilization. Parts can be nested extremely close and sometimes use common lines. The cutting path is .030 inches wide.
Can often stack materials to save money.
The advantages are endless!
Advantages vs. Laser
Waterjets cut reflective materials (aluminum and copper are perfect precision machining materials)
No heat- No distortion or hardening
Higher tolerance than many lasers
Waterjets can cut thicker materials
Advantages vs. EDM
Waterjets are much faster
Waterjets cut a much wider variety of materials
Waterjets can cut larger parts
No surface heating
Advantages vs. Plasma, Fine Plasma and Flame Cutting
Waterjets provide a much nicer edge finish
No heat, no distortion or hardening
Waterjets are much more precise
Waterjets can cut more materials
Advantages vs. Milling
Can cut brittle, hardened and difficult materials with ease