types of materials can be cut with your water jet cutting
The waterjet can machine any known materials including composite,
laminates, plastics, rubbers, castings, forging, aluminum,
stainless steels, titanium, hardened or tool steel, exotic
alloys, heat sensitive materials, synthetics that may release
harmful vapors when cut using other methods and most assuredly
any future materials that technology could require and produce.
The machines do this all without affecting the material properties
or the temper.
How intricate can my design be?
A kerf (thickness of a cut) of as little as 0.010 inches and
cut accuracy of ±0.005 inches enables waterjet cutting
systems to cut extremely intricate designs accurately and
with little or no filing or finishing. Pieces to be cut can
even be stacked directly on top of one another to reduce waste.
Computer controlled cut paths ensure that intricate designs
can be replicated easily and reliably.
Will waterjet cut my material? What
are its limitations?
The following list describes
the types of materials that are typically not good applications.
Wood is often a poor application, due to its fibers' absorption
of water, which causes them to splay and become rough. Many
fabrics do not cut well, as the fibers "squirm"
out from under the cutting stream, rather than remain in place
during the cutting process. However, the most common application
that is incompatible with waterjet is pipe. Any material requiring
the waterjet to cut through one layer, cross a void, then
cut through another layer does not produce desirable results.
The cutting stream does not remain cohesive after cutting
through the upper layer, causing a poor edge quality on the
How thick can your water jet cut?
It varies with the softness or
hardness of the material being cut. This can range anywhere
from a 1/4 inch up to 30 inches thick. Hard materials are
normally cut within a 1/4 to 2.5 inch-range.
Can the water jet cut detailed marble
inlays for my architectural project?
Whatever design you can conceive, the waterjet can cut. It's
that simple. Cutting marble, granite, tile, Corian, ornamental
irons, brass, or intricate patterns in brushed or polished
stainless steel - whatever the material, you will be impressed.
Since water jet cutting is the best
way to cut, is it also outrageously expensive?
You'd be surprised how affordable you'll find New England
Water Jet Cutting. The final cost of the job will depend upon
the intricacy of the cuts, the number of cuts, the material
and turnaround time. Call us for a free estimate!
What are the advantages over plasma
and laser cutting systems?
Speed: Waterjet cutting can be faster than
many conventional methods. Materials which can be cut include
heavy marble, as thick as five inches and one inch plate glass.
Heat/Distortion: Waterjets produce no heat.
This means that your material does not distort or become ragged
at the edges and the integrity of the material is maintained
throughout. Waterjet cutting also produces a smoother cut
and a narrower kerf, meaning less waste
Environment: Waterjet cutting systems produce
no environmentally unsafe by-products. Water and abrasives
are captured in a receiving tank and recycled.
Materials: A waterjet system is the ideal
cutting solution for many materials. Titanium, brass, aluminum,
and stainless steel are only a few examples of the wide range
of materials that a water-jet system can cut.
Accuracy & Repeatability: Waterjet cutting
enables repeatable cuts with accuracy as close as ±0.005
Material Thickness: Here the capabilities
of waterjet cutting far outperform other cutting systems.
Imagine a slab of marble 5 inches thick, or stainless steel
3 inches thick.
What about the waste product that
water jet cutting leaves behind? Is it safe, and how is it
The waste products are Abrasive, cut material, and dirty water.
Typically solid waste product is Garnet abrasive, mixed small
amounts of whatever has been cut. It can usually be
disposed of in land fill. If toxic materials such as
lead are machined then they must be disposed of as hazardous
The water is typically treated as "Gray water" which
can be recycled, or sent directly to the sewer. If cutting
something toxic, there may be a need to filter water, and
recycle or dispose of it in special circumstances.
Is your equipment portable? For example,
can We have very heavy material at our site which needs cutting...
Our water jet system is designed
for use in our shop. Suitable water, power, abrasive inlets
and the size and weight of the machines themselves prevent
us from making "house calls". However, we are conveniently
located off Route 18, near I-195 and route 24 in New Bedford,
Why don't you see systems higher
than 60,000 PSI?
There have been many pumps developed that can put out pressures
higher than 60,000 PSI, but it is not practical to run them
at beyond 60K except for maybe in the testing laboratory.
All the high pressure fittings and plumbing fatigue
and fail quickly at higher pressures. Because of this, most
manufacturers of pumps purposefully limit them to under 60,000
Have other questions? Call us at (508) 993-9235