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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Food products
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.