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Waterjet Advantages

Why use Abrasive Waterjet Cutting?

  • No heat-affected zone, distortion or mechanical stresses
  • No limits on thicknes or type of material
  • No restriction on cutting polished or reflective materials
  • Reduces or eliminates secondary deburring operations
  • No tooling costs. Design can be easily changed
  • Intricate parts are easily created with very high accuracy
  • All machining undertaken within a single set up
  • Material-saving production due to reduced cutting width and tight nesting
  • Waterjet machining is a “Green” process.

Lasers and Plasmas Just Don’t Cut It!

  • Custom Sprocket Waterjet Machined

Select the Quality of Your Edges

These edge-quality choices are based on a 1 – 5 scale; 1 being the roughest to 5 being the smoothest.

90% of the parts we cut are “Q2″ or “Q3″ finish. Quality 3 offers an very nice finish without increasing the cost significantly.

Compare Waterjet Machining with other processes.

Waterjet vs. Plasma
No thermal distortion or heat effected zone; no scale on edges reducing clean-up cost; cut wider range of materials including plastics, foams, and rubber.

Waterjet vs. Laser
Abrasive jets do not cause thermal distortion or require post cutting heat treating; lower capital equipment cost reducing machining price; ability to process reflective materials; no scale on edges reducing clean-up cost; no potential dangerous fumes are generated using abrasive water-jets; safer operation; ability to cut thicker materials.

Waterjet vs. Milling
Rapid clean-up, faster and easier programming; ability to machine a wider range of materials ranging from brittle hard materials to soft, ‘gummy’ materials; no tool change-out.

Waterjet vs. EDM
Much faster and therefore less expensive machining; process non-electrically conductive materials such as plastics, glass, ceramics, and stone; does not require pre-drilling pilot holes; no heat-effected zone; capable of processing larger parts

Waterjets can a cut wide range of materials from brittle materials to soft, flexible materials such as:

Metals Composites and Plastics Additional Materials
Aluminium Acrylic Carbon Fibre Armour Plate
Bonded Material Ceramics Bulletproof Glass
Boron Fibreglass Cardboard
Brass Foam Ceramic Tile
Bronze Graphite Expanded Metal
Cast Iron Kevlar Glass
Cobalt Linoleum Granite
Copper Mylar Laminates Honeycombe
Exotic Alloys Neoprene Limestone
Hard Facing Nylon Marble
Hastalloy Printed Circuit Board Porcelain
Inconel Plexiglass Quartz
Iron Polycarbonate Slate
Magnesium Polyethylene Silicon
Nickel Alloys Polymers Terrazzo
Niobium PVC
Stainless Steel Rubber
Steel Alloy Silicone
Steel Hardened Teflon
Steel Hot Rolled Thermoplastics
Steel Mild Urethane
Steel Tool Vinyl
Wrought Iron