Water cutting (water jet cutting) is a method to cut components with a high-pressure water beam.
The water cutting machine tool, usually referred to as a water jet, forces water out of a small hole, a nozzle. In a powerful water jet the speed of the beam is often around 600 mph. Then the beam has such force that it will cut almost any material.
A pure waterjet, the process also known as water-only cutting, is only used to cut soft materials such as plastic or rubber components. To cut any harder materials an abrasive is added to the water before it reaches the nozzle. This is called abrasive water cutting (AWJ), and it is the most common kind of water cutting.
Water cutting has many benefits compared to other cutting techniques. For example, there is almost no heat development. When heat develops the characteristics of materials usually change and this is undesired.
The water beam itself can be controlled and adapted to every job. Sometimes a thin beam is preferred, but sometimes a bigger one is more suitable. Changing the beam is equivalent to changing tool on traditional cutting machine tools. Also, on a waterjet, there is never a need to change the tool, no matter what it kind of material it will cut. This makes water jets versatile with quick adjustments to new components.
Water cutting is a rather environmentally friendly process. Apart from using a considerable amount of electricity, waterjets only leave water mixed with the cut material.
Water cutting capabilities are quite common at general sheet workshops.
Post project to suppliers with Water Cutting capabilities
Outsourcing an impressive £350,000 worth of fabrication work each year, this company operates within the retail construction industry. They are looking to work alongside a supplier who can provide a fast turnaround on the attached 12mm thick handrail parts, which require cutting and countersinking. This is just one of multiple, similar jobs outsourced by the company in question and could pave the way to additional work once a relationship has been established. There will be an order to place once the samples have been approved.
This shopfitting buyer seeks a supplier who is able to water cut the attached toughened glass shelf.This client spends in excess of £4.7 million a year on all outsourced manufacture, making this an excellent opportunity for those looking to add a high spending profile to the customer base. This is part of a larger job the client is tendering for, should they be successful there will be an immediate order to place with ongoing work to follow.
Outsourcing an impressive £350,000 worth of fabrication work each year, this company operates within the retail construction industry. They are looking to work alongside a supplier that can provide a fast turnaround on the attached 5mm, 12mm & 15mm thick treads plates which require cutting and folding. This is just one of multiple, similar jobs outsourced by the company in question and could pave the way to additional work once a relationship has been established. There will be an order to place once the samples have been approved.
This buyer, a company that outsources in the region of £200,000 of fabrication work per annum, is looking for a supplier with 5-axis water cutting capabilities. Interested parties are required to produce the attached stainless steel components, for which there are 12 individual designs. There is an immediate order to place for this enquiry and, owing to the client's impressive spend, the opportunity for additional work moving forward.
This company is looking for urgent quotes for 1 off and 3 off mild steel deck weights, to be used in the agriculture industry as an immediate requirement. The ideal supplier will be able to offer reliable delivery and once a relationship has been established, further projects could be made available in addition to this initial requirement.
This company operates within the electronics industry and outsources over £150k worth of fabrication work every year. They have an immediate order to place for 5 axis water cutting of a wafer carousel. This project will require 5 axis water cutting equipment of free issue stainless steel which has been pre-fabricated to shape using the spinning process. Quotes are required for 1 off at this time which will in-turn lead to further orders in future in low quantities moving forward . The ideal supplier will be able to provide a high-quality end product and, once a relationship has been established, further projects could be made available in addition to this initial requirement.
The attached package of several domed guards are to be laser/water cut in accordance with the drawings provided. The company behind this enquiry is a manufacturer of industrial fans who seeks these parts for use within such units. They have an immediate order to place for delivery within the subsequent four weeks that follow and have advised that they will have repeat orders for both these designs and additional items. Value and lead time are both equally important factors within this project.
Suppliers with water jet cutting capacity are asked to provide a quotation for a selection of cutting block parts. Required for use within a medical application, these designs are to be profiled from aluminium. The client seeks a second-source supplier for these items, as well as the possible production of similar parts moving forward. They spend a massive £500,000 a year on bespoke fabricated components, meaning that there is plenty of scope for the chosen supplier to develop the relationship. Please note that the overall quality of these parts is paramount.
Waterjet cutting of a stainless steel component is needed, on behalf of a company that outsources £15,000 worth of fabrication work annually. They are seeking the assistance of a supplier for both this immediate requirement and any similar projects moving forward. Those that are interested in this opportunity should make contact with the buyer directly to discuss, quoting best price and lead time.
A selection of parts are to be water jet cut, ready for end use within the industrial machinery sector. The client - a company that spends £100,000 a year in the subcontract fabrication sphere - would like to collaborate with a supplier that can offer excellent value. The components in question are to be made from aluminium and have a natural finish. In addition to the work in question, the client has advised that similar parts may be extended to the chosen supplier moving forward.
'Welcome to a world where you can cut any material, thick or thin, without heat affecting the material, and little or no set up costs.'
Hydromar delivers to its customers the best that this technology has to offer. Continually investing in the latest technology means we cut at a water pressure of 94,000 psi, nearly 50% above industry standard, with exceptional cut quality that is taper free.
Reekie Steeltec has been offering its sub contract engineering services to manufacturers for more than 15 years. We provide a highly efficient service producing high-quality work for demanding clients from multinationals to one man operations, from large volume contracts to one-off supply.
LTi Metaltech specialises in the precision fabrication and welding of high performance vessels and structures. Our solutions are used in a number of demanding regulated industries, including cryogenic pressure vessels for the medical sector. Our success is derived from our ability to listen to the challenges being faced by our customers and turn these into high spec fabricated products.
Proform Group are a new and expanding Engineering Specialist Centre based on the Wirral. We have combined decades of engineering expertise with the newest fiber laser and 3D waterjet technology to create a one stop shop for all your sheet metal processing and precision engineering needs. We pride ourselves on providing a superior customer service to ensure that all our customers are happy, we can work to any deadline whilst maintaining unrivalled quality.
Based in Shropshire Cimtek Engineering Ltd are in a perfect position to supply, build, design and repair steel, aluminium and stainless fabrications throughout the UK. We supply fabrications to a vast array of business and industries ranging from FMCG and councils to schools and large construction projects. We have been involved with numerous fabrication projects in Telford and known for Fabrication excellence.
DP2000 Sheetmetal Ltd are a ISO 9001:2008 accredited privately owned,well established, precision sheet metal engineering & fabrication company manufacturing high quality components and products from a range of ferrous and non ferrous sheet materials.