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Mach 3 4020b, photo courtesy of Flow International Corporation


Design Metal offers 5th Axis Water Jet Cutting

We have had great interest with our newly purchased Water Jet machine. Just a few of its features include: We recently purchased a new water jet and have had great interest.

  • XY-Axis travel 13’-1” x 6’-6” (4m x 2m)

  • Linear accuracy +- .0015 in/3ft

  • Repeatability +- .002 in

  • Dynamic XD allows for up to 60 deg. of articulation for bevel and 3D part production

  • Water Jet cutting is an environmentally-friendly technology

What is Waterjet Cutting?

Water Jet photo

Waterjet cutting is a process where a jet stream of water is forced through a tiny nozzle at a very high pressure which provides many unique capabilities and advantages.  Cutting of materials and parts can often be considered too costly or even impossible in many instances with other methods.  However, our abrasive Waterjet cutter is able to cut through the hardest of materials including stone and metals, leaving smooth, extremely accurate edges.

Advantages of Waterjet Cutting

  • Precise Cutting with high degree of repeatability

  • Fast, economical machining of virtually all metallic and non-metallic materials

  • Near limitless possibilities for cutting complex shapes and dimensions

  • Precision cutting, beveling, piercing, etching, and slotting – up to accuracies of ±.005

  • Identical parts produced and changes made quickly and easily through the use of CAD/CAM technology

  • Material integrity is maintained

  • Elimination of material distortion or degradation such as burning, crushing, chipping, and fracturing 

  • Reduced labor and costs with minimal fixture and tooling setup

  • Maximum material utilization

  • Minimal waste achieved (by using narrow kerfs along with computerized part nesting)

  • Reduced tooling expenses

  • Smooth and finished part edges – reducing the need for tooling & post-machine work

Suited to a Wide Range of Materials

  • Acrylic, Plastics, Rubber, Silicone

  • Alloys, Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Inconel, Stainless Steel, Steel, Titanium

  • Cardboard, Paper, Wood

  • Ceramic, Corian, Formica

  • Granite, Marble, Porcelain, Quartz, Slate, Stone, Tile

  • Composites, Kevlar, Laminates

  • Carpet, Cloth, Felt

  • Foam, Fiberglass Insulation

  • Leather

  • Glass, Plexiglass, Mirror, Stained Glass

  • Pipe Vinyl (VCT)

  • More!

Suited to a Variety of Applications

  • Custom

    • Case Foam Inserts

    • Lettering & Design

    • Instrument Faceplates

  • Gaskets, Gears, Grommets, Seals

  • Hole Piercing, large and small

  • Floor Inlays, Medallions, Tile Cutting

  • Metal Cutting, Blanking

  • Signs, Logos, Plaques

  • Rubber Bumpers

  • More!

Visit our Video Gallery to view a video of our Waterjet machine in action.

Contact us with any design ideas or questions you might have about this unique process.