Waterjet Cutting

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Description

Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is one of Aerospace’s frequently used production processes which uses a high-pressure water jet along with an abrasive substance to cut materials. Waterjet cutting is suitable for a wide range of industrial applications, including machine part manufacturing and all yourother manufacturing needs. With Aerospace’s waterjet cutting, you’ll be getting the results you need. There is no need to fear that the internal structure of the material will be compromised by increasing its surface temperature in the cutting process. Waterjet cutting is also great for cutting sharp corners, complex shapes and holes, and the amount of material that goes to waste during this process is minimal.

Advantages

Advantages Of Waterjet Cutting

High Durable Parts

Much like CNC machining, using waterjet cutting ensures top durability and high quality of end-use production and functional prototypes.

Quick turnaround

With the use of the latest technologies in waterjet cutting processes and production, Aerospace can deliver your parts within days from the time your order is placed.

Plenty Of Materials

Sheet metals have a wide range of options including
conductivity, weight, strength, as well as corrosion resistance.

Scalability Potential

With on-demand waterjet cutting processes that are more cost-effective than CNC machining, you can have runs ranging from 1-10,000 parts.

Finishes Are Customizable

Offered finishes include painting, powder coating, plating, and anodizing to cover all of your design needs.

Waterjet Cutting Process

Multi-Axis CNC Milling

  • 3 Axis Machining
  • 4 Axis Machining
  • 5 Axis Machining
  • Right Angle Milling

 

CNC Lathe and Live

Available upon request for EDM parts that are complex and need high-precision
tolerances. 

Wire EDM

Action Tooling with Dual Spindle Lathes.

 

Materials

Waterjet Cutting Materials

Aluminum is available in the Aluminum 5052 variety 

Steel avaialble in the following varieties:

  • Stainless Steel 301
  • Stainless Steel 304
  • Stainless Steel 316/316L
  • Steel 1018

Copper avaialble in the following varieties:

 

  • Copper 101
  • Copper 260 (Brass)
  • Copper C110

finishes

Waterjet Cutting Finishes

A finish with minimal post-processing.

Type II anodized finish is corrosion resistant and can have a variety of colors, while Type II anodized finish is also wear-resistant and thicker than Type I.

A strong finish resistant to corrosion and wear created by spraying powdered paint over the part and baking it in an oven.

A simple matte and smooth finish.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating) — a finish with corrosion resistance and good conductivity that can have a yellow or gold color and acts as a good base for paint.

A custom finish tailored exactly for your unique needs.

Applications For Waterjet Cutting

Chassis

Production of chassis parts requires high precision in order for the dimensions to fit the standard, as most chassis are used for housing  electromechanical controls.

Brackets

Custom brackets that can have fasteners and hardware fully built in are suitable for both high corrosion-resistance parts as well as lightweight applications.

Enclosures

Consoles, consolets, rackmounts, and other types of enclosures are usually used as product device cases, boxes, and panels, and can be produced with sheet metal in a cost-effective way.

overview

Waterjet Cutting Overview

Waterjet cutting produces flat-cut parts by focusing water into a highly pressurized stream that can shoot water out at a velocity of 900 m/sec. It is a process used for softer materials such as foam, wood, or rubber, as well as aluminum and sheet metal if an abrasive granular substance is added to the jet.

Through the use of CNC technology, the jet is highly accurate and has great repeatability capabilities, making the entire process precise and efficient. The main benefit of waterjet cutting technology is that it produces no harmful byproducts, and it cannot alter or warp the structure of the material that is being shaped.
Other than pure waterjets and abrasive waterjets, there are also hybrid jets, percussive jets, and cavitation jets.

Industries that use Waterjet Cutting

Two primary users of waterjet cutting are the mining industry and the aerospace industry. In other industries like automotive, electronics, food processing equipment, defense manufacturing, and industrial automation, waterjet cutting is used to a smaller extent.

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