Water Jet Cutting

In the 1950's forestry engineer Norman Franz, considered the father of the water jet, experimented with an early form of water jet cutter to cut lumber. The technology did not advance notably until the late 1970's when a researcher at Flow Research, Dr. Mohamed Hashish, regarded as the father of the abrasive water jet, created a technique to add abrasives to the water jet cutter. Today, the water jet is unparalleled in many aspects of cutting.

Water jet cutting is a process that produces shapes by cutting sheet material using a high pressure stream of water (60,000 psi) containing abrasive particles. The process is essentially the same as water erosion found in nature but greatly accelerated and concentrated. It is an economical way to cut 2D or 3D shapes in a variety of materials with no tooling costs. It will produce reasonably good edges, no burrs and eliminates the need for a secondary finishing process. An important benefit of the water jet is the ability to cut material without interfering with the material's inherent structure as there is no "heat-affected zone" or HAZ. Minimizing the effects of heat allows metals to be cut without harming or changing intrinsic properties (distortion).

Water jets are considered a "green" technology. They produce no hazardous waste, they use very little water and the water that is used can be recycled using a closed-looped system. Because of the nature of the cutting stream can be easily modified the water jet can be used in nearly every industry. There are many different materials that the water jet can cut such as rubber, foam, plastics, composites, stone, tile, metals, food, paper and much more. Thank you for your interest in Diamond Metal Products, Inc., a Minnesota corporation. Please feel free to Contact Us by your preference of telephone and/or email. We will be happy to respond to your Request a Quote regarding water jet cutting requirements or just to answer any questions you may have.

Materials Water Jet Can Cut:

Rubber, Foam, Plastics, Composites, Carbon Steels, Aluminum, Stone, Tile, Copper, Brass, Food, Paper, Glass, Ceramic

Ability to Cut:

Up to 8" thick, 6' x 12' Bed, Accuracy .0015 per side, Stainless Steel

Materials

Processes

Engineering, Reverse Engineering, Laser Cutting, Waterjet Cutting, Shearing, Punching, Notching, Deburring, Grinding, Tumbling, Forming, Machining, Drilling, Helicoil Tapping, Countersinking, Hardware, Assembly, CNC Milling, CNC Turning (Lathe), Tapping, Engrave, Etch, Thread Milling, Spotweld (Steel, Aluminum and Stainless Steel), Welding (Mig and Tig), Aluminum Wire Feed Welding, Broaching, Knurling, Surface Grinding, Honing, Inspection, Tube Bending, Heat Treating, Annealing, Stress Relieving, Soldering, Riveting (Pop and Solid), Sawing (Band and Cold), Plasma Cutting, Acetylene Torches.

Finishes

Paint, Powder Coat, Silkscreen, Anodize (any color) Passivate, Electropolish, Iridite, Sand Blast (bead and/or glass), Electroless Nickel, Hardcoat, Oxide, Chromate, Chemical Film, Bright Dip, Zinc, Nickel, Alodine.

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