Water Jet Machining

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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 Moreā€¦

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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Jackson, MI  |  517-783-1550

As a full-service waterjet machining center, RTD Manufacturing uses waterjet cutting in the manufacture of our products. Besides waterjet cutting, we also use EDM wire cutting; detail and manual machining; CNC machining plus production drill and tap. We have prototype manufacturing to offer as well.

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RTD Manufacturing, Inc. $$$

Columbus, OH  |  800-783-7875

Since 1983, Sterling Process Engineering and Services, Inc. has provided dependable service to customers in a variety of industries, including dairy processing, food processing, pharmaceutical, beverage processing, chemical, biofuel, and more. Through our process and mechanical engineering services and stainless steel fabrication, we offer piping, conveyors, tanks, as well as many others.

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Sterling Process Engineering & Services, Inc. $$$

Pequot Lakes, MN  |  218-568-5052

Precision Waterjet Concepts features 5-axis waterjet cutting for true three dimensional cutting along with 2-axis waterjet cutting. We cut stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steels, alloys, and specialty materials such as security glass, carbon fiber, and foam. Precision Waterjet Concepts can handle intricate, complex cuts on virtually any material for any industry. Our innovative craftsmen can manufacture parts with exceptional edge and structural quality. We are proudly ISO9001:2015 certified.

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Precision Waterjet Concepts Inc. $$$

Erie, PA  |  814-838-8681

Since its 1913 inception, The Warren Company, family owned and operated, has become a prominent full steel service warehouse and fabrication facility, including waterjet cutting and laser cutting capabilities. Carbon, tool & stainless steel, alloys, aluminum, copper, brass and plastic materials stocked in many forms.

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The Warren Company $$$

Seattle, WA  |  206-466-1252

We provide top of the line water jet cutting here at West Coast Waterjet. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified and our experts have a wide experience of waterjet cutting for a wide variety of industries. Our services are for virtually any material and we will work with you every step of the way. Please give us a call today to learn more information!

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West Coast Waterjet $$$
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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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