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FAQ’s About Water Jet Cutting Services

Frequently Asked Questions
Material Thickness - What are the capabilities of water jet cutting?
Water jet cutting can cut materials up to 6” thick – including steel.
Material Types - What types of materials can be cut with a water jet system?
Water jet cutting is appropriate for most materials except carbide steel and tempered glass.
Accuracy & Tolerances - How precise are the cuts made by water jet cutting systems?
Depending on the type of material the typical cutting tolerances are as fine as .010 to .030.
Finished Edges - Does water jet cutting leave a rough edge or burrs?
Water jet cutting leaves an edge similar to conventional machining and varies based on material type.
Production Stacking - Can materials be stacked for production efficiency?
Yes. Stacking materials provides greater efficiency when cutting standardized parts.
Minimizing Waste - How does water jet cutting compare to conventional machining?
Water jet cutting allows for the maximum amount of parts to be cut from a single sheet of material.
Environmental Concerns - Are there negative environmental impacts with water jet cutting?
No. Water used in cutting is acceptable for standard drain disposal. Abrasives are separated and disposed of in a commercial dumpster. There are no hazardous materials used in water jet cutting.
Water Damage - Does exposure to water or abrasives stain or warp materials?
No more than normal exposure to water. Water jet cutting does not cause unexpected damage.
Lead Times - Does water jet cutting require a lengthy lead time?
Water jet cutting is very fast and may be faster than conventional machining.
Cost of Services - Is water jet cutting more expensive than conventional machining?
No. In fact, water jet cutting provides efficiencies that can provide a lower manufacturing cost.

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