Abrasive waterjet cutting is a process for cutting materials using a stream of high pressure water, sometimes adding an entrained stream of abrasive particles to aid with the cut, consequently almost any material can be cut with this technology. A special pump raises the pressure of the water from about 60 psi to 60,000 psi. The nozzle is moved in X and Y axes under computer control and can cut shapes difficult or impossible to make using other processes. The surface finish of a part cut with this process appears as though it was sanded.
There are no heat-affected-zone, when you cut with water as you would have if you cut with plasma, laser or oxy-acetylene flame. Researchers have determined that temperature rise is limited to a maximum of 15 to 20 degrees Celsius and this has no effect on material temper. There is no discoloration due to heat and this is a key point if your part will be visible after assembly and cosmetics are crucial. Water jet technology allows material to be cut quickly and cleanly with minimal waste and no distortion. If you have a CAD/.dxf file, a drawing, or just an idea, we will work closely with you to ensure that the finished product is what you desire. The speed and quality of the cut provided by an abrasive water jet allow us to create many different products, the possibilities are almost without limit.