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Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is a cold-cutting technique that uses water (or a mix of water and abrasives, such as garnet) to cut through materials via rapid erosion. The waterjet nozzle ejects water at three times the speed of sound. The pressurized water stream magnifies the effect of erosion to quickly and cleanly produce the necessary cuts on the material.

This technique is suitable for cutting a variety of materials—ranging from soft products like foam and carpet to hard metals like ceramic and metal—and can cut through materials up to 6 inches thick .

For more information about our advanced water jet cutting process, please contact us directly.

Benefits of Waterjet Cutting

  • Tight tolerance: Waterjet cutting can cut thicker parts with better tolerances.
  • Versatility: Waterjet cutting can be used on a wide range of materials, including glass, paper, metal, foods, composites, mixed materials, and more.
  • No heat affected zone: Waterjet cutting is a cold-cutting technique that does not subject material to heat or mechanical stress. Hence the risk of thermal distortion, change of material property due to the presence of heat and presence of impurities are minimized.
  • Reduced slag: Since waterjet cutting leverages water and recyclable abrasives, you do not have to deal with slag byproducts that can be produced by other cutting methods, such as laser or plasma cutting.
  • Ultra-fine finish: Waterjet cutting produces a fine sand-blasted edge finish, which can sometimes eliminate the need for finishing services.

Materials

Million offers water jet cutting services to form custom shapes from a variety of materials, including:

  • Steels (including carbon, hardened tool, stainless steel, etc.)
  • Nickel Alloy
  • Titanium
  • Aluminum (including aluminum alloys and super alloys)
  • Copper
  • Brass

Some of the industries in which water jet cutting are commonly used include:

  • Aerospace (aircraft engines, turbine blades, control panels, etc.)
  • Architectural (marble, tile, stone, ornamental components, etc.)
  • Biotech (pipes, tubes, disks, etc.)
  • Chemical (tanks, pipes, tubes, etc.)
  • Food processing (foam, food cutting, packaging, etc.)
  • Marine (pipes, pumps, etc.)
  • Mechanical (pumps, disks, rings, etc.)
  • Packaging (inserts, foam, etc.)
  • Pharmaceutical (tubing, disks, etc.)
  • Vacuum (tubing, pumps, pipes, etc.)
  • Welding (pumps, disks, rings, etc.)

In addition to waterjet cutting, we offer another cutting technique, laser cutting. The differences between laser cutting and waterjet cutting are:

Waterjet Cutting Laser Cutting
1. Material type
Suitable for most material types
Suitable for some metallic materials and do not possess highly reflective finishing.
2. Material thickness
Up to 6 inches ( selected material )
Up to 1.5 inches ( selected material )
3. Precision
+/- 0.003–0.008 inch.
+/- 0.001–0.003 inch
4. Heat distortion
None
Yes
5. 5-axis
Cut materials in virtually any orientation and at any angle (ranging from 0 to 90 degrees). Capable of producing complex and intricate parts and those requiring beveling and contouring.
No

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