Waterjet cutting technology allows the creation of intricate cutouts in an almost endless variety of materials. With minimal setup time and rapid execution the process is ideally suited to prototyping as well as large production runs. Unlike laser cutting, waterjet can cut through reflective materials such as stainless steel, aluminum and copper.
Waterjet applications include intricately cut parts and tooling components: gaskets, stone, marble, glass and tile mosaics, custom-made displays, architectural elements, etc. The large cutting surface (58″x118″) precision (+/-.005″) and high maximum depth (6.00″) accommodates a wide range of projects. Furthermore, the process generates little or no heat, eliminating discoloration often associated with other cutting methods.
Abrasive waterjet cutting uses a stream of high pressure water and sand to cut by erosion. Water at 40,000 to 90,000 psi passes through a tiny hole in an orifice made from diamond, ruby, or sapphire, and this stream passes through a carbide mixing tube causing the venturi effect that sucks in the abrasive, usually garnet sand.