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Waterjet Cutting Experts

Waterjet Cutting

Our advanced waterjet cutting machine allows us to produce complex shapes, in a broad range of materials, to extremely tight tolerances. Producing a 0.8 mm jet of water at 60,000 PSI, the water-jet machine allows us to cut intricate shapes to tolerances of +/- 0.2 mm.

The process also allows for extremely flexible quantity requirements to be met, from rapid prototyping for development work to full volume production. Regardless of quantity requirements, waterjet technology cost-effectively produces components to a consistent quality standard.

Water jet cutting produces no inherent material changes so, unlike laser cutting, there is no work-hardening of edges.

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Waterjet cutting delivers a range of benefits over other cutting methods and technologies, including:

 

  • Cold cutting means there are no thermal influences or contamination
  • Flexible processing of virtually all materials with consistent high quality cutting
  • Intricate detail may be easily produced
  • Polished and highly reflective materials may be cut
  • Material saving production, achieved by a reduced cutting width and the nesting of several parts on a single sheet
  • Maximum degree of material utilisation thanks to the smallest of part separation distances (partially free of burrs) and part in part production
  • Tension-free processed parts, owing to minimal cutting force
  • Environmentally friendly and clean production without poisonous gases
  • Good access to the work area of the water-jet system
  • Optimisation of cutting parameters to meet individual customer requirements
  • It is possible with some materials to identify the cut parts using water-jet engraving
  • High material savings due to narrow bridges or ribs
  • No tool manufacturing costs and tool storage costs
  • High productivity possible through dual cutting systems and multilayer cutting

Our water jet cutting machine is capable of cutting an extensive range of materials up to a thickness of approximately 200 mm (depending on the quality and composition of the specific material). Materials include:

 

  • Ferrous metals
  • Stainless steel
  • Mild steel
  • Hardened tool steel
  • Aluminium
  • Titanium
  • Cast iron
  • Shim material
  • Armour plate
  • Non-ferrous metals and specialised alloys
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Lead
  • Composite materials
  • Special metals such as titanium, hardox and tantalum

Many materials, such as stone, porcelain and ceramic tiles, cannot be cut economically into complex shapes by any other method. If you require a material to be cut that is not listed here, contact our technical services team for advice and guidance.

 

  • Ceramics including ceramic, clay and porcelain tiles
  • Glass and bullet-proof glass
  • Stone, including granite, marble and slate
  • Stone substitutes and concrete
  • Fibre-reinforced synthetics
  • Carbon fibre-reinforced plastic
  • Glass- fibre-reinforced plastic
  • Plastics, including thermoplastics and duroplastics
  • Polypropylene, Acrylic, Nylon, Vinyl, Kevlar
  • Hard and soft foam
  • Insulating and isolating materials
  • Wood, paper & cardboard
  • Gasket paper and filter paper
  • Sealing materials, including rubber and fabric-based laminates


CAD/CAM System

A powerful and user-friendly CAD/CAM system enables us to produce one or more cut parts easily, quickly and precisely from defined contours. From the CAD drawing we are able to produce a nesting drawing against the material sheet, ensuring optimum yield. The nesting drawing is fed straight into the cutting machine. In addition, customer’s specific parts may be kept on file to be quickly recalled for future production.

 

Drawings

We are able to produce water-jet cutting programs from customers’ dimensional drawings or sketches, by digitising templates, or directly from imported DXF, DWG & IGES files all of which may be sent as email attachments. If a fast response is required, drawing files should be emailed as attachments to sales@westcut-engineering.co.uk; sketch drawings may be faxed to 01225 793694.

 

Nesting

The CAD drawing allows us to produce automatic sheet nesting of the same, or a number of dissimilar components, providing the optimum sheet utilisation possible and therefore the most economical piece part cost.

 

Material Supply

Materials may be supplied free issue or purchased by Westcut on behalf of customers.

 

Packing and Nationwide Delivery

Completed orders may be bubble wrapped, boxed, crated or palletised, as required, for nationwide delivery.

Turnaround Time for Orders

Turnaround time for orders placed is typically 3 – 4 days from receipt of material. Tighter turnaround times may be possible, often within 24 hours, if required.

 

Cutting of Laminates & Other Composite Materials

Using a CNC-controlled drill spindle, expensive bonded fibre laminates and other composite materials may be drilled—without delamination.

 

Abrasive Water-Jet Cutting

Harder materials, such as aluminium, titanium, stainless steel, ceramics, laminates and kevlars, are cut by introducing a garnet sand, a sharp mineral, into the water stream. The cutting sand is precisely fed without the use of pressure by a CNC-controlled sand feeder. This allows water-jet profiling of almost any material, without heat stressing or deforming the material.

 

Operating Terminal/Control

Parameters such as the cutting speed, the pressure and the amount of garnet sand can be infinitely adjusted to the material to be cut. Trial runs of cutting customer materials are commonly performed to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of component production.

 

Finishing Processes

Westcut can provide finishing, tumble de-burring and belt sanding finishing for water cut components.

The water jet cutting production process is employed worldwide in many industry sectors and applications, a small selection of which is listed below.

Waterjet cutting often complements other technologies such as milling, laser cutting, plasma cutting, electrical discharge machining (EDM) and routing. Laser cutting and precision engineering companies often use water jet cutting services as a complement to their services.

 


Industry Sectors:

 

  • Aircraft and spacecraft—including composite products
  • Architectural
  • Arms and defence
  • Automobile and automobile supplies—including carbon fibre products
  • Construction
  • Electronics industry
  • Glass industry
  • Marine and shipbuilding
  • Medical Engineering
  • Packaging and paper industry
  • Sign makers


Applications:

 

  • Interior decoration, including inlay patterns cut into tiles, such as logos
    and lettering
  • Machine and apparatus engineering
  • Precision Engineering
  • Public art and sculpture


Our water-jet cutting capability provides architects, artists, sculptors and interior designers with great freedom in the choice of materials and design.

Glass, marble, stone and clay, ceramic and porcelain tiles, which have previously been restricted in their use by the difficulties of cutting complex shapes, can now be easily incorporated into detailed designs.

Stencil cutting and inlaying techniques can also be employed for artistic displays, sculpture, sign work, flooring and many other surface coverings.

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