Faqs

  • How does Applied WaterJet protect the environment?

    Applied Waterjet operates with a Closed Loop Water Recycling System. This means that we are reducing our water usage by approximately 90% and that we are not putting any of our “dirty” water down the drain. Water is our primary tool, and we do our best to maintain that tool without compromising our environment.

  • What are the primary advantages of the waterjet process?
    1. Waterjet cutting is literally a “cool” process. Most cutting methods cause a “heat-effected zone” that may harden or weaken material at the point of cut. This can be an important consideration for designers and engineers regarding functional requirements.
      Waterjet also leaves a clean, smooth cut edge that may not require further processing. Most other methods require some form of edge de-burring.
    2. Waterjet is exceptional at cutting thick materials.
    3. Waterjet is often preferred for cutting soft, flexible, laminated or very thin materials.
  • When is waterjet better than laser?
    1. If you need to cut thick materials
    2. If you need to cut aluminum, plastics, wood, stone, titanium, copper, brass, rubber, foam.
    3. If you are concerned about functionally or aesthetically altering the material condition of the cut edge (heat-affected zone).
  • What is a kerf?

    During the waterjet cutting process, an “open air” cut-path is created as pressurized water enters and exits material. This pathway is clean thru that material, has a width, and is generally referred to as the “kerf”. Applied WaterJet uses various nozzles to control kerf depending on customer requirements and material conditions. Achievable kerf widths range from .004 to .060.

  • Do you make custom gaskets?

    Yes! And we are good at it. Send us your requirements.

  • Is waterjet a good process for cutting Urethane?

    Yes! Typically Urethane is a water only process, however, for thicker parts we may use abrasive.

  • Can you explain why it is sometimes better to cut without abrasives in the water?

    If your material is soft, fragile, flexible, laminated (composite) or thin it may be suitable for water only processing.

  • What materials do you stock?
    • Aluminum
    • Stainless Steel
    • Carbon Steel
    • Tool Steel
    • Plastic
    • Rubber
    • Foam
    • Diamond tread plate

    (and sometimes much more)

  • Is waterjet suitable for titanium?

    Yes! In many cases, it is a preferred method.

  • What determines the accuracy of the water jet cutting process?

    Here are some of the variables we control:

    • Water pressure
    • Nozzle (controls the size of water diameter as is exits the cutting head)
    • Taper compensation
    • Speed of cut
    • Fixtures and clamps
    • Cut path
    • Material thickness

    See Edge Finish for more information on accuracy and tolerance capabilities

  • Is there taper on the cut edge?

    We use a dynamic cutting head. This provides a very accurate way to control edge taper. Depending on customer requirements, we can achieve a near taper free edge.

  • What kind of edge finish can I expect?
  • What additional processes can be used to round (edge break) the cut edge corners?
    • Vibratory de-burring is great for smoothing the edges on smaller parts
    • Scotch brite
    • Buffing
    • Rubber wheel
    • Machined chamfer
    • Electropolishing
    • Sandblasting
  • Can you cut thick rubber?

    Yes! Send us your requirements.

  • Can you cut foam?

    Yes! Send us your requirements.

  • Can you cut Acetal thermoplastic?

    Yes! This hard thermoplastic is typically cut with water only. We also cut Delrin (Acetal Homopolymer) and Phenolic.

  • What kind of plastics can water jet cut?

    We cut all plastics (Acrylic, Delrin, Phenolic etc)

  • Do you offer assembly?

    Yes! Send us your requirements.

  • What if I need traceable certified material for my job?

    We are fully capable of handling your controlled material requirements.

  • What if my part requires machining after the water jet cutting process?

    We offer the following services:

    1. Precision Jig Boring (we can hold a .0002 diametral tolerance)
    2. Milling
    3. Turning
    4. Threading
    5. Grinding
  • What is the thickness limitation for your water jet cutting process?

    We can cut up to 7” thick.

  • Can you cut stone or ceramic?

    Yes we can! Send us your requirements and receive a quick quote.

  • How do I send my drawing?

    Review the Drawing Guidelines and then upload your files to our Quote form.

  • Can you waterjet cut composite materials?

    Yes! We use a special cutting head that precludes de-lamination of the composite materials.

  • Can you waterjet cut hardened steel?

    Our process cuts hardened metals without altering the rockwell hardness.