At South Shore Manufacturing Company, we offer water jet cutting services for the production of parts from prototype to high volume. With our multi-axis cutting capability, we can create everything from 2D forms to complex 3D shapes in a single operation while upholding a high degree of precision. Our powerful water jet cutter is suitable for virtually any material, including the hardest alloy steels, and it produces smooth edge finishes that often need no further treatment. During water jet cutting, the workpiece does not heat up, so warping and work hardening are never an issue. Our water jet cutting services are competitively priced, and we offer fast turnaround and on-time delivery.

Waterjet cutting uses a highly pressurized, focused stream of water—sometimes carrying an abrasive substance—to create precision cuts in metal and other materials.  It is a non-contact, cold cutting operation that is incredibly accurate and versatile due to its narrow kerf width. Waterjet cutters are powerful and precise, capable of slicing through the hardest of metals with cut pressures up to 60,000 psi without fear of warping or distorting the material and design being cut.

Waterjet Cutting Industries and Applications

Waterjet cutting is suitable for any project that requires precision cutting, but it is perfect for industries that are most able to utilize the unique advantages that waterjet cutting offers. Waterjet cutting is leveraged by aerospace, automotive, defense, and electronics manufacturers for both standard and specialty projects.

Aerospace Industry

In the aerospace industry, materials such as aluminum, brass, Inconel®, and titanium are common. Waterjet cutters flawlessly manipulate these materials at thicknesses up to 6 inches, contributing to the production of components that require extremely precise edges, such as landing gear, brake components, aircraft bodies, and engine components.

Automotive Industry

The automotive industry prefers waterjet cutters on a variety of projects due to the ease with which they integrate into the robotic systems used to manufacture automobiles and automobile parts. Automakers typically prefer non-abrasive waterjet cutting, as less waste is produced compared to abrasive waterjet cutting. Waterjet cutting helps to manufacture automotive parts such as frames, carpets, insulation, linings, bumpers, and more.

Defense Industry

As a cold cutting process, waterjet cutting is ideal for military and defense manufacturing projects, which require fabrication techniques that won’t alter the molecular structure or shape of the material being cut. In addition to the aerospace and automotive components found in military and defense vehicles, waterjet cutting contributes to the fabrication of armor plating, bulletproof glass, and explosives.

Electronics Industry

The diminutive kerf width of waterjet cutters readily facilitates the cutting of delicate and intricate electronics components that cannot handle the stress of more traditional cutting methods. Waterjet cutting produces electronics components composed of metal, plastic, and foam materials, including circuit boards, insulation, and more.

Other Applications

In addition to these industries, waterjet cutting is used for a range of applications that exploit its versatility. As a clean and precise method of cutting, waterjet cutting is ideal for any application that requires the cutting of the following materials:

  • Composites
  • Food products
  • Fiberglass
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Rubber
  • Stone
  • Textiles

Waterjet Cutting Benefits and Advantages

Waterjet cutting is a versatile process that offers unique benefits and advantages that make it the preferred cutting choice of many industries. Some of these benefits include:

  • Precision. Waterjet cutting produces highly accurate cuts with crisp, clean, burr-free edges that normally require no additional finishing processes.
  • No contact. As a no-contact, cold-forming process, it also won’t deform or distort the material or design being cut.
  • Integrate into existing processes. Manual or CNC waterjet cutters easily integrate into existing production lines.
  • Eco-friendly. With little-to-no waste, waterjet cutters offer an environmentally friendly method for precision cutting.

Waterjet Cutting Services from South Shore Manufacturing

Waterjet cutting is an exceptionally reliable, contactless process that produces parts with clean edges. South Shore Manufacturing has perfected our waterjet cutting processes over decades, allowing us to offer on-time, cost-effective waterjet cutting options on projects of nearly complexity in any industry or application.

For more information on our available waterjet cutting services, contact us today. If you already have an idea of what you need and are looking for a price estimate, feel free to request a quote.

Specifications

General Capabilities

Contract

Characteristics
  • Minimum Part Stress
  • No Thermal Distortion or Hardening
  • Reduced Material Cost Through Nesting
  • Reduction or Elimination of Secondary Operations
  • Smooth Finished Edges
Cutting Axis

2-Axis

3-Axis

Intended Cutting Material (Metal)

Alloy Steel

Aluminum

Brass

Bronze Alloys

Carbide

Carbon Steel

Cobalt

Copper

Iron

Molybdenum

Nickel

Stainless Steel

Tin

Titanium

Tungsten

Gold

Inconel®

Invar®

Iridium

Kovar®

Monel®

Niobium

Palladium

Platinum

Silver

Superalloys

Tantalum

Intended Cutting Material (Composites & Plastics)

Acrylic Carbon Fiber

Ceramics

Fiberglass

Foam

Graphite

Kevlar

Linoleum

Mylar Laminates

Neoprene

Nylon

Plexiglas

Polycarbonate

Polyethylene

Polymers

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Rubber

Silicone

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

Thermoplastics

Urethane

Vinyl

Carbon Fiber

Minimum Cutting Thickness: 0.010 in

Maximum Cutting Thickness: 6.0 in

Maximum Cutting Length: 12.0 ft

Maximum Cutting Width: 6.0 ft

Tolerance: (±) 0.005 in

 

KERF

Minimum Kerf: 0.015 in

Maximum Kerf: 0.030 in

Note for Kerf: Kerf is the width of the cut or groove.

Production Volume

Prototype

Low Volume

High Volume

Blanket Orders

Lead Times

Quoted on Job by Job Basis

Emergency Services Available

Rush Services Available

Efficiency

Lights Out Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing

Inside our water jet cutting department, we create high-tech parts for use in aerospace, medical, defense, and other demanding applications. Along with metals and alloys of all types and grades, we water jet cut parts from thermoplastics, ceramics, carbon fiber, and other non-metals, such as fiberglass, Mylar laminates, acrylic carbon fiber, and others. We have the capacity to cut thin gauge sheet as well as plate measuring up to 6.0” in thickness. A large table size of 6.0’ x 12.0’, narrow kerf cuts, and nesting software enable us to maximize material utilization, and smooth edge finishes within tolerances as close as ±.005”, reducing or eliminating the need for secondary operations.

 

The versatility of water jet cutting technology allows us to create dimensionally accurate workpieces from any material, thick or thin. Whether a project involves hardened metals or specialty composites, we produce parts with finely detailed features that exhibit a high caliber of quality. Our automated, programmable water jet operations run for long periods without any intervention, which allows us to achieve a high rate of production efficiency. To tap into our expert water jet cutting services or any of our other precision manufacturing capabilities, contact us directly.

Additional Information

Industry Focus

Aerospace

Architecture

Automation

Automotive

Biomedical

Biopharmaceutical

Biotechnology

Building & Construction

Chemical Manufacturing

Commercial

Communications

Construction

Consumer Goods

Dental

Defense Industry

Electrical

Electronics

Energy

Extrusion Dies

Firearms

Food Production

Food Handling

Food Processing

Food & Beverage

Industrial

Injection Molding

Laboratory

Machine Tools

Machinery

Manufacturing

Marine

Medical

Medical Devices

Military

Molding

Nuclear

Optical

Packaging

Pharmaceutical

Pumps

Railroad

Research

Robotics

Semiconductor

Specialty Machinery

Surgical

Tool & Die

Universities & Learning Institutions

File Formats
  • AutoCAD (DWG, DWZ)
  • DXF (Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format)
  • IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, ANSI File Format)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format)
  • SolidWorks (SLDPRT, SLDDRW, SLDDRT)
  • STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data)