Waterjet Cutting Services

Waterjet Cutting Services

Get waterjet cut parts in as little as 3 days. Get Instant Online Waterjet Quote

Waterjet Cutting Services

Get waterjet cut parts in as little as 3 days. Get Instant Online Waterjet Quote

How does waterjet cutting work?

Waterjet cutting works by forcing extremely high pressured water through a thin nozzle. An abrasive is commonly added to the water to increase the cutting capability.

Advantages
  • Versatility: Waterjet cutting is extremely powerful and cut through the toughest materials including thick plates of steel, and granite. However, it is also gentle enough to cut materials like polycarbonate, paper and foam.
  • Heat Free: Since waterjet cutting is heat free materials can be cut without work hardening, distorting or warping them.
  • Size: Very large parts and very small parts can be cut along with very thick and very thin parts.

  • Disadvantages
  • Cost: Waterjet cutting when compared to laser cutting is a slow process especially to obtain precision quality edges. However, when compared against machining or other manufacturing services it is very fast and cost efficient.

  • Waterjet Cutting Tolerances
    Waterjet Cutting Tolerances
    Rating Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5
    Name Seperation Cut
    Through Cut
    Clean Cut Good Edge Finish Excellent Edge Finish
    Image Waterjet Cutting Tolerance Q1 Waterjet Cutting Tolerance Q2 Waterjet Cutting Tolerance Q3 Waterjet Cutting Tolerance Q4 Waterjet Cutting Tolerance Q5
    Tolerance 0.030" 0.030"-0.010" 0.010" 0.010-0.005" 0.005"
    Capabilities and Design Requirements
    We can waterjet cut parts up to 96"x144". The diameter of the stream of the waterjet nozzle can be as large as 0.045" we recommend make internal radii no smaller than 0.025" designs without the internal corners will be automatically rounded.

    Lead Times
    We currently offer two lead times for water jet cutting. One week which we can typically get parts completed in 3-7 days. We also offer a two week lead time for reduced cost.

    Materials
    We currently waterjet cut materials in the forms of sheet metal and plates up to 1" thick. We are able to provide instant online quoting for the following materials:

    Aluminum: 5052, 6061 and 7075
    Stainless Steel: 304 and 316
    Steel: Hot Rolled Pickled and Oiled, 1020, AR400
    Plastics: ABS, Polycarbonate, and UHMW.
    Additional Free Waterjet Services
    Nesting - To get the best pricing for your waterjet parts make the smallest nest configuration size of all your parts before uploading for a quote. If your parts aren't easily nestable and you don't have a nesting software please email us a zip package of your parts and we will nest them for you for free.

    Waterjet Cutting Speeds
    Waterjet Cutting Speeds for Steel (in/min)
    Thickness Q1 | Q3 | Q5
    0.050" 234 | 122 | 83
    0.100" 71 | 36 | 24
    0.125" 55 | 27 | 18
    0.250" 28.5 | 11.1 | 7
    0.500" 11.1 | 4.4 | 2.8
    0.750" 6.3 | 2.6 | 1.6
    1.000" 4.9 | 1.7 | 1.1
    Material Machinability Rate
    Aluminum: 3x the speed of Steel
    Stainless: 0.9x the speed of Steel
    Plastics: 10x the speed of Steel
    Have you ever wondered how long it will take a waterjet to cut your parts? Waterjet cutting is billed by material and cutting time. Using the table above you can estimate the amount of time it will take to get your parts cut and design accordingly.
    Instant Quote
    Our online software is able to provide an instant quote for waterjet cutting. When you upload and configure your parts we will pick the process that is best suited for your project. Please upload a STEP file to get an instant online customizable quote along with a drawing if desired to ensure your project meets its requirements. We would be grateful for the opportunity to quote and waterjet cut custom sheet metal parts for your projects.
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