FAQs about Water Jet Cutting: What Is Water Jetting?

There are numerous cutting methods available, including electrical discharge machining (EDM), laser, milling, torch and plasma. So what makes water cutting the best option for many clients? Here are some frequently asked questions about water jet cutting that illustrate why CNC Water Jetting could be the right choice for you. We operate in the Winnipeg region and serve clients throughout North America and the world, so contact us for all of your cutting needs.

What is water jet cutting?

Water jetting is an industrial cutting system that uses very high-pressure water to cut materials. We use water at pressures up to 55,000 PSI, and this high-powered and precise cutting method is versatile enough to be used in practically any industry. The water flows through a high-pressure pump, through plumbing and out of a cutting head. Sometimes the water is pure, and sometimes it’s mixed with abrasive materials. It’s simple to explain and operate, but the process uses very complex materials and technology.

What is the history of water jetting?

High-pressure water jets have been used for cutting for around a century, as the concept dates back to the early decades of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the 1950s and 1960s that Norman Franz patented a technique for producing a constant stream of high-velocity water, and the method was introduced industrially in the 1970s.

What materials can water jetting cut?

Water jetting is powerful and versatile enough to be useful for almost every industry. It can be used for a huge range of materials including:
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Ceramic
  • Glass
  • Brass
  • Plexiglass
  • Linoleum
  • Porcelain
  • Slate
  • Sintra
  • Titanium
  • Stainless steel
  • Damascus steel
  • Copper
  • Fiberglass
  • Tantalum
  • Acrylic
  • Iconel

What are the advantages of water jet cutting?

Not only is water jetting a powerful, precise and versatile method of cutting a large range of materials, it has distinct advantages over other cutting methods. Most significantly, it doesn’t generate heat. This means that it won’t alter the makeup of materials, it won’t burn edges, and it can cut through multiple layers without bonding the edges. It can cut materials of up to 8 inches thick, offers detailed precision, and can reduce overhead costs with its high material utilization. Furthermore, it doesn’t produce any noxious gasses or liquids and there is no hazardous by-product, making it an environmentally friendly cutting choice.

Which companies use water jetting?

Water jetting is an increasingly popular technique that is used by numerous major companies. These include:

  • Canadian Energy
  • Bridgestone
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Honeywell
  • 3M Aerospace
  • Standard Aero
  • United States Navy
  • Armstrong World Industries
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