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Any machining process, whether performed by blades, lasers or water jets, is a volume reduction process. Usually, volume reduction processes are applied to materials in order to shape them. Read More…

Water Jet Machining Water jet machining is a process in which a high-pressure, concentrated stream of water is directed at a material to erode, abrade or otherwise reduce its volume.
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Independence, IA  |  319-334-4615

Priority Custom Machining, Inc. will maintain a 3rd party registration to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System to provide a high level of confidence to current and potential customers that their expectations will be met. We will continue to evaluate our business plan and customers' expectations/requirements to remain competitive and the supplier of choice in our industry.

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Priority Custom Machining, Inc. (PCM) $$$

Spokane, WA  |  509-922-8755

Family-owned Precision Cutting Technologies has been working with waterjet and laser cutting since 1998. Providing complete manufacturing services, including sourcing, assembling and finishing, Precision Cutting Technologies is able to meet your cutting needs.

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Precision Cutting Technologies $$$

Salem, OR  |  800-538-2260

Proving waterjet cutting can produce superior parts & components out of virtually any material for any industry, Aqua Jet excels at prototype, production & precision needs in architecture, aerospace, medicine, government, signage, etc. The experts at this ISO 9001:2000 compliant abrasive water jet cutting shop work with metals, stone, glass, tile, plastics, rubber & more!

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Aqua Jet, LLC $$$

Hampstead, MD  |  410-239-7716

Ridge Engineering provides water jet cutting services and others, including: CNC laser cutting, precision laser cutting and laser machining. At Ridge Engineering we have been supplying high-quality products and services to the defense industry since 1967.

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Ridge Engineering, Inc. $$$

Huntington Beach, CA  |  714-373-2121

Abrasive WaterJet & CNC offers ultra-high precision CNC waterjet machining capabilities with accuracies up to +/- 0.0015 inch. We also offer wire EDM, 3 & 4 axis CNC milling, conventional turning, and exotic material grinding. Our mission is to provide low cost manufacturing and cutting services to our customers, whether they are in the aerospace, automotive, electronics, or architectural industries. Contact us today to get started!

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Abrasive WaterJet & CNC Inc. $$$
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Water jet cutting can be considered a machining process because it removes pieces from a material in order to change the shape of the material. Water jets can be used to drill, bore, cut and shape a variety of metals and plastics as well as some glass and ceramic materials. Water jet machining processes are generally limited to the processing of thin materials; metal sheets as well as plate glass and thin ceramics are among the most commonly water jet-machined products.

There are some exceptions to this, as some thicker, more complex products like mechanical gears are sometimes machined using water jets. The stronger and thicker the material, the more powerful the water jet must be in order to cut through it. Water jet machining equipment can produce water jets with pressures between 30,000 and 90,000 PSI, and some models can produce up to 120,000 PSI jets. Such high pressure water jet cutting systems are limited to use on very strong materials.

The strongest materials can sometimes require the use of abrasive media mixed into the water stream to make cutting easier. Because many machining processes involve precise abrasion or erosion, abrasive media are often used in machining processes to wear down surfaces effectively and precisely.

Computer numerical control (CNC) systems are used to control almost every water jet cutting system, which ensures the precise machining of every part. In addition to being more precise than many other machining methods, water jet cutting is a very efficient process. Once water and abrasives have been expelled from a water jet cutting system's nozzle, they can be collected by a reclamation system and re-circulated. This greatly reduces the amount of water and abrasive materials necessary for machining.

Also, because water jet machining is an automated, cold-working process, it presents fewer occupational hazards to workers, who are usually a safe distance from the water jet while it operates. No hazardous fumes, sparks or dangerous flying debris that could threaten worker safety are produced during water jet machining, making it a safe and effective process.

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