Who is waterjet cutting most suitable for?

Waterjet cutting has been around for years, but it’s only recently that the technology behind it has really evolved. With the advent of 2D and 3D cutting on a single machine, the cutting process has been transformed, opening up an entirely new dimension of waterjet cutting possibilities that can be used on an almost limitless number of materials.

How does it work?

The process involves operating a high pressure pump that shoots a concentrated jet of water at 60,000 psi through a narrow 0.8mm diameter cutting nozzle. Approximately three litres of water, often mixed with an abrasive agent, such as garnet sand, is forced through the fine nozzle per minute. The result is a powerful tool that cuts with extreme precision and accuracy.

Are you able to use waterjet cutting?

Whether you’re in aerospace, architecture, marine transport or another industry and you require exceptional precision with high-quality of finish at comparatively low cost, waterjet cutting may be suitable for you. The waterjet machine uses advanced technology that can cut the following materials (click here for a full list of the materials that a waterjet machine can cut), including:

  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Stone
  • Concrete
  • Composites
  • Wood
  • Plastic

If your organisation requires any of these materials cutting, using a waterjet will give you a refined product with zero structural or molecular damage, edge hardening and very little risk of crack formation or heat distortion.

If you’re still unsure whether waterjet cutting is right for you or simply want to find out more, download our free engineer’s guide to waterjet cutting here.