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Water jet cutting


Water jet cutting uses a jet of water so powerful that it cuts cleanly and precisely through the material in a single pass without shredding or crushing.

In the formation of the jet stream, water is pressurized up to 60,000 psi by a Jet Edge hydraulically driven intensifier pump. The pressurized water passes through an attenuator that stabilizes the jet stream. The water jet cutting action takes place as a result of the ultra-high pressure water being forced through a pre-mounted sapphire orifice as small as .003". The pressurized water exits the orifice at extremely high velocities as a coherent water jet stream that produces a clean cut with minimal kerf. The compact, lightweight cutting head is designed for reliability in high cycle, on/off applications.

When coupled with a suitable motion control system, water jet cutting provides extremely accurate cuts with a high degree of repeatability over a wide range of materials and shapes.

Cutting with water increases production rates on paper products, woven or non-woven textiles and similar materials without shredding or damage associated with conventional processing methods. The water jet stream cuts flexible materials quickly and accurately and overcomes distortion encountered from compression during conventional die cutting.

Water jet cutting is used primarily in the cutting of materials such as:
  • plastics
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Non-woven
  • InsulationFoods
  • Paper
  • Rubber
  • Automotive Carpeting and Headliners


Jet Edge abrasive jet cutting systems use a combination of water and garnet to cut through materials considered "unmachineable" by conventional cutting methods. Using small amounts of water while eliminating the friction caused by tool-to-part contact, abrasive jet cutting avoids thermal damage that can adversely affect metallurgic properties in materials being cut. The ability to pierce through material also eliminates the need and cost of drilling starter holes.

Abrasive jet is excellent for the cutting of complex shapes, and in fragile materials such as glass, the high failure rate due to breakage and chipping of corners during conventional processing is virtually eliminated. Whatever your industrial need, abrasive jet is an accurate, flexible, and efficient cutting system.