WaterJet technology employs a high-pressure, finely controlled spray of water containing a garnet abrasive to precisely cut a pre-engineered design into various types of materials. This technology may be used for one-off custom applications or when high-volume, mass production is called for. With a bed size of approx. 6’ x 13’ we have the capacity to handle most jobs. Below are just some of the materials we can cut...
COMPOSITES - cut very quickly and cleanly, and are used in applications from aerospace to racecars.
GLASS-REINFORCED PLASTICS - cut quickly and cleanly as well– without hazardous dust or fumes.
REINFORCED PLASTICS & KEVLAR - even reinforced personnel armor can be quickly and cleanly cut.
CARBON STEEL - Ultra WaterJet produces a smooth cut on the edge without burn marks, cracking, excess burr, or other problems typically associated with heat-based cutting or mechanical cutting. This cutting process does not affect the heat treatment of the steel.
STAINLESS STEEL - All grades that are normally difficult to machine with other processes can be cut. Where a heat-affected zone (HAZ) can weaken the integrity of a part or lead to failure, the lack of any HAZ makes this system important to the food processing and aerospace industry.
ALUMINUM - cuts very cleanly and quickly, again, without any thermal distortion or color change.
HARDENED TOOL STEEL - can be cut without any change in material properties, at up to 10 times the speed of other systems.
COPPER - all grades cut quickly and cleanly without thermal distortion, and where reflectivity may have been a problem for lasers, there is none with a waterjet.
BRASS - cuts very cleanly and quickly with no thermal distortion.
GLASS - from ultra-thin panels for telecommunications to super-thick multi-layered bullet proof glass, the OMAX 80 can perform a low pressure pierce that automatically switches to high pressure mode to complete the tool path. (The only glass that can’t be cut is tempered glass.)
STONE - from quartz and granite countertops to decorative wall panels.
CONCRETE - easily cuts inlaid stones to architectural features.
RUBBER - easily cuts everything from softer rubber and foam rubber, to fiber-reinforced and very hard rubber.