Process: Water Cutting


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.

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Water Cutting projects for quote

  1. Drawings count: 2

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    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.

  2. Drawings count: 6

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    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.

  3. Drawings count: 2

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    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.

  4. Drawings count: 2

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    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.

  5. Drawings count: 6

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    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.

  6. Drawings count: 1

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    Water jet cutters sought to assist a company that specialises in the manufacture of props. They currently require various aluminium components such as plates and bars, which will be utilised within a model reindeer, for an up and coming theater production. The buyer in question spends £10,000 a year across all their outsourcing requirements and has advised that additional work will be made available to the successful supplier.

  7. Drawings count: 2

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    This Qimtek member has an urgent order to place for the attached aluminium block, to be water jet cut from 40mm thick material. They are ideally looking to work with a supplier that can offer delivery by the 14th May, making it ideal for those who have immediate capacity to fill. Those that are able to assist are asked to make contact with the buyer as soon as possible; in turn, they may also be considered for additional projects moving forward.

  8. Drawings count: 2

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    Exciting new opportunity to win a new client that manufactures construction equipment, who has an urgent requirement for the production of profiled mild steel parts. This item is needed in quantities of 5 off and 10 off, with the material measuring 40mm in thickness. This is a potentially lucrative requirement from this buyer, who subs out fabrication to the tune of £480,000 per year and may have similar work available for the successful supplier moving forward.

  9. Drawings count: 4

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    Suppliers with water jet cutting capabilities are asked to quote this Qimtek member for the attached parts, which are destined for end use within the automotive industry. Price and delivery indications are required for 40 off of each design, which will be needed approximately every two months. Those that would like to be considered for this ongoing project are asked to make contact with the buyer directly to discuss. The client is looking to improve the lead time for these parts and will look favourably upon quotes from those that can offer delivery within one to two weeks of order placement.

  10. Drawings count: 1

    Fabrication-Water Cutting

    This is an opportunity for water jet cutting suppliers to win a new long-term customer that spends in excess of £90,000 annually in the subcontract fabrication sphere. They have an urgent order to place for the attached diaphragm, which is to be profiled from free-issue titanium sheets in accordance with the drawing provided. The parts in question will be used within the aerospace industry. They will be required approximately three to four times per annum, spelling ongoing work for the company that the client selects.

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