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 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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Muncie, IN  |  765-288-4575

Waterjet Fabricating provides water jet machining at prices much lower than traditional machine shops. Abrasive water jet cutting is offered from prototyping to high volumes. Waterjet Fabricating employees have years of design experience and are devoted to complete customer satisfaction. Full CAD capabilities and a full line machine shop. One decorative piece to 100s of waterjet cut parts.

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Waterjet Fabricating LLC $$$

Elkhart, IN  |  574-293-3342

For over 30 years, Micro Etch Technologies has been a trusted provider of quality waterjet cutting services. Our water jet equipment is great for prototyping, fast and reliable for production, and can quickly change from job to job. Material cutting capabilities include plastic, rubber, copper, aluminum, titanium, and many more. Tolerances for certain applications can be held at +- .001". Contact us today to put our experience to work for your product needs.

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Micro Etch Technologies $$$

Houston, TX  |  800-324-7310

The 88,000 square foot facility and state of the art equipment gives the team at Source Metals the capacity to offer laser cutting, water jet cutting, flame and plasma cutting services, as well as stocking carbon, alloy, aluminum and stainless sheet and plate. Source Metals guarantees its turn key solutions and customer satisfaction.

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Source Metals, Inc. $$$

Pequot Lakes, MN  |  218-568-5052

We offer many production choices to our customers. Since our founding, we have made it our goal to offer just what the customer needs. We offer cutting services like water jet cutting to ensure that our products are highly accurate and meet your expectations precisely. We believe in offering nothing but the best, and we are committed to providing outstanding customer service.

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Precision Waterjet Concepts Inc. $$$

Morrisville, NC  |  919-388-2251

Veteran-owned ADR Hydro-Cut is an expert in high pressure water jet cutting and abrasive jet machining for a vast array of materials including stone, glass, metal and even delicate food materials. ADR is well-suited to meet your custom water jet cutting needs with a precise and budget-friendly solution. In addition to superior quality results, ADR Hydro-Cut offers free quotes and timely service.

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ADR Hydro-Cut, Inc. $$$

Huntington Beach, CA  |  800-998-1885

MILCO is a company that believes that quality assurance must be implemented into every step of the manufacturing of a customers' product to achieve our ultimate goal; complete customer satisfaction. MILCO’s water jet machining is of the highest quality. Please call today or visit MILCO’s website for full product and service descriptions—you won’t regret it!

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MILCO WaterJet, LLC $$$
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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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