Waterjet cutting is a highly versatile and accurate precision cutting method that utilizes a high-pressure jet of water in order to cut a variety of materials. With Waterjet cutting, your parts can be cut into the final form using nothing but cold water and a bit of pressure. The Waterjet cutting process shoots out a very powerful narrow steady stream of water that cuts cleanly through your parts. With a max pressure as high as 90,000 psi, we can cut through a wide range of materials and thicknesses.
Waterjet cutting is capable of attaining accuracy down to 0.005 inches (0.13 mm) and repeatability down to 0.001 inches (0.025 mm) on a wide range of materials. Due to its relatively narrow kerf, Waterjet cutting can reduce the amount of scrap material produced by allowing uncut parts to be nested more closely together than traditional cutting methods. Unlike other methods of providing custom cut parts, like laser cutting, Waterjet cutting does not use heat. As some materials will burn or melt when laser cut, Waterjet cutting can avoid this and provide cut parts that would otherwise be damaged. This process works best for materials such as cork, neoprene, felt, TeflonⓇ and others foam gasket materials.
An abrasive compound can be mixed with the water stream for an added punch to help get through denser and multi-layered composite constructions if needed. Abrasive waterjet cutting is typically the method of choice when manufacturing custom metal parts. This process works best with copper, brass, stainless, and aluminum materials.
Waterjet cutting can be used to cut out custom shapes and patterns in a variety of different materials, including (but not limited to):
- Thicker film Plastics
- EPDM Rubber
- Felt or Teflon (PTFE)
- Adhesive backed, and thick Foams
- Sponge rubber
- VHB adhesives
Some of the benefits of waterjet cutting include: its versatility, accuracy, precision, clean/smooth cuts, ability to cut complex shapes and designs, ability to cut without the use of heat, ability to cut almost any kind of material, and its environmentally-friendliness. If you’re interested in our waterjet cutting services, feel free to Contact Us today.