Water jet metals cutting has earned a good reputation in the metals cutting industry as a flexible and economical method of machining. It is an accurate method of cutting complex metals or difficult parts that may not be suitable for die cutting or stamping and where material is heat sensitive.
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Water Jet Metals Cutting Advantages
A water jet metals cutter, also known as a water jet or waterjet, is an industrial tool capable of cutting a wide variety of metals and other materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance. While cutting metals with water is possible for softer materials, the addition of an abrasive turned the waterjet into a modern machining tool for all materials. Methods of metal cutting/machining such as plasma, oxy acetylene, band saw, laser, wire EDM, and conventional milling all have inherent benefits but cannot compete with waterjet cutting when it comes to kerf and the cold cutting method which leaves no heat affected zones. Many high grade alloys are expensive and the small kerf allows for closer parts positioning within the sheet thus maximizing material use.
Think thin to thick! We can cut material from .005 up through 6.0 inches thick and if tolerance permits, thinner materials can be stacked to provide additional savings. We cut customer supplied materials or we can provide the material for your job. Waterjet West has the expertise to handle your cutting application and we will advise you on the best methods to save time and material cost.