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Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting services, offering precision, high-quality and significant cost-reductions
Waterjet cutting offers exceptional precision with high quality of finish, while reducing customers’ lead-time and spend per component.
Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet Cutting Capabilities

ICEE’s 2D and 3D waterjet profiling opens up a wide range of possibilities for design innovation and production cost savings. Whether you work within aerospace or architecture, precision engineering, shipbuilding and marine engineering or automotive, and value accuracy, precision of cut and high quality of finish, waterjet cutting provides a real alternative to other, often more expensive, techniques.

Advantages of waterjet cutting

Instead of being limited by conventional cutting processes, the waterjet method will cut through sheet or plate material, thick or thin, and produce intricate shapes. The process involves no heat or distortion, no edge hardening, no molecular or structural changes, and offers high machining accuracy and good surface quality at the cut edges. Not sure whether waterjet cutting is the right service for you?

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Waterjet Cutter

Why choose us?

Here at ICEE we have invested in acquiring the latest waterjet technology, enabling us to cut 2D profiles and perform 3D operations on one machine. Not using two machines reduces handling and greatly increases throughput, productivity, and efficiency. This also means that we are highly competitive on cost, quality, and delivery. Our waterjet cutting is available both as sub-contract service, or as part of our end-to-end turnkey fabrication process.

Bystronic Waterjet Machine

Advanced Bystronic waterjet machines

ICEE has invested in advanced waterjet cutting machines from Bystronic, a global leader in laser cutting, waterjet cutting and bending systems. The company also develops and supplies software we use to streamline the process chain, minimise waste and increase the productivity of our business.

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Waterjet Cutting Services

Why waterjet cutting?

Waterjet cutting enables high precision complex profiling, while at the same time maintaining the materials inherent structure. Since there is no ‘heat-affected zone’ (HAZ), metals are being cut without their intrinsic properties being harmed or changed, therefore, delivering a much higher quality of the finished parts. This also means less post-profiling processing or fettling is required, therefore, reducing the customer’s lead-time and spend per component.

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Benefits

When choosing the waterjet method, you get:

  • Intricate designs are created with very high accuracy
  • No heat-affected zone (HAZ), distortion or mechanical stresses
  • No restriction of cutting polished or reflective materials
  • Reduces or eliminates secondary cleaning operations
  • All machining is undertaken within a single set-up, which means quick turnaround
  • Automatic engraving option available
  • Omni-directional cutting
  • Perforates most materials without starting holes
  • Faster than any conventional cutting tools
  • Superior quality in the production of both 2D & 3D parts
  • Cuts all sheet, plate, and thicker metals, including materials, such as titanium
  • 2D profiling and 3D forming on one machine
  • No tool costs
  • Quick set-up times, with the availability of an express service
  • Minimal removal of material thanks to a narrow kerf cutting width
  • Tight nesting of parts due to multi-cutting head machinery, which offers the ability to profile a large number of different parts together in one nest, therefore significantly reducing the amount of sheet or plate material required, whilst reducing the component processing time
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Materials cut on a waterjet machine

With its 3D head, our state-of-the-art waterjet cutting machine has the ability to cut virtually any material up to 250 mm in thickness. Some of the materials that we often cut include:

  • Metal and metal plates (including Corten)
  • Ceramics
  • Composites
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Castings

As a cold cutting method, waterjet cutting is also ideal for cutting applications where there is a risk of fire or explosion. Our machine also has the ability to cut fibre-reinforced materials, reflective materials, uneven surfaces and stacked layers of different materials amongst other things.

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