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Waterjet specailists servicing the south west
Water jet cutting involves forcing a large volume of water through a small nozzle, so increasing the acceleration of the water to a speed where it can cut through hard metal, stone and similar hard materials. Water jets have the advantage of not producing heat affected zones (HAZ) in the cutting material, and don't have any of the reflective problems associated with lasers. So, any material that can be cut with a laser can also be cut with a water jet, and more besides.

Aluminium in particular has shown good results when cut with a water jet, as its naturally bright surface causes problems with lasers. The minimal burring associated with water jet cuts makes it a good choice for wood, and also glass.

Waterjets can cut any solid material including stone, tile, glass, metal, foam, rubber, plastic, and food. When compared with plasma, laser, and EDM - waterjet cutting has distinct advantages. In addition to no heat-affected zone, the benefits and applications for waterjet technology are limitless and ever-expanding.

Waterjet cutting is a cold cutting process that eliminates slag deformation and dross waste – unfortunate effects found in plasma and laser cutting processes. Additionally, both the garnet used in abrasive cutting as well as the water are recyclable.

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