Abrasive water jet cutting is the ideal solution for cutting extremely hard materials like metals and metal alloys, ceramic, glass, stone, and composite. The process uses a high-velocity stream of water along with garnet abrasive to facilitate the cutting. The strong, narrow jet of water and abrasive mimic erosion, though at much, much higher rate of speed.
The abrasive jets at Cutting Edge Water Jet Service (CEWJS) near Rockford can cut nearly any material without creating heat effects or distortion making them extremely valuable machining tools. Water under 60,000-90,000 psi rivals sawing, shearing, punching, milling and even thermal processes like laser and plasma cutting.
Quick And Cost Efficient Processing
Abrasive waterjet cutting is a quick, affordable, and reliable method for creating parts, from the simplest to the most intricate. The method is used in many industries including: manufacturing, automotive, equipment, tooling, and machine. Abrasive jets are especially well suited for metal cutting, capable of cutting brass, steel, and even titanium with ease.
The benefits don’t stop there. Abrasive water jet cutting eliminates the need for post-cut deburring and clean up. The narrow kerf reduces waste and the lack of heat means the material’s physical properties are unaffected. Omni-directional cuts can be made and abrasive waterjet cutting eliminates the need to drill starter holes.
All of these factors lead to rapid and easy prototyping and production. Design changes are made simple by the use of CAD, CAM, and CNC software. Abrasive water jet cutting is a flexible, versatile, and highly effective process that works equally as well on short and long runs.
Typical Applications For Abrasive Water Jet Cutting
Abrasive water jet cutting is used to cut the toughest of metals in a variety of applications and industries, but its’ uses extend far beyond cutting metal. Abrasive water jet cutting can be used to:
- Produce parts with no heat-affected zones.
- Cutting rubber and plastics.
- Cut delicate materials.
- Cutting of composites.
- Cutting heat sensitive materials.
Abrasive Water Jet Cutting At Cutting Edge Water Jet Service
Cutting Edge Water Jet Service of South Beloit, IL has three water jet cutting systems and eight total cutting heads. Our abrasive jets can cut through thickness ranging from .001″ to those that are nearly 20″ thick.