Water Jet Cutting

Custom Water Jet Cutting

How Does Water Jet Cutting Work?

Water jet, also known as waterjet or abrasive jet cutting, is one of Xometry's machining processes that directs a high-pressure jet of water and an abrasive substance to cut materials for industrial applications such as machine part manufacturing. Modern water jet cutters are controlled by CNC (Computer Numerical Control) systems runing G-code to position the water jet nozzle and increase accuracy. Important benefits of water jet cutting with an abrasive substance include the ability to cut metals without increasing the material surface temperature and compromising internal structure of the material (no Heat Affected one, or HAZ); the ability to cut sharp corners, holes, and complex shapes with small inner radii; fast turn-around rates; and minimal material waste thanks to the precise cutting and the narrowness of the nozzle.

Why Work With Xometry?

Our custom water jet cutting services offer a cost-effective and on-demand solution for your manufacturing needs. Sheet metal fabrication services range from low-volume prototype to high-volume production runs.


Water Jet Cutting

Water Jet Cutting Featured Resources

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet Metal Mini-Guide

Sheet metal fabrication is a process by which metal parts are cut and bent from a roll of stock material that is typically less than 0.25” thick.

Water Jet Cutting Applications

Enclosures

Water Jet cutting offers a cost-effective way to fabricate product device panels, boxes and cases for a variety of applications. We build enclosures of all styles, including rackmounts, “U” and “L” shapes, as well as consoles and consolets.

Chassis

The chassis we fabricate are typically used to house electromechanical controls, from small handheld devices to large industrial testing equipment. All chassis are built to critical dimensions to ensure hole pattern alignment between different parts.

Brackets

Xometry builds custom brackets and miscellaneous laser cutting components, well-suited for either lightweight applications or when a high degree of corrosion-resistance is needed. All hardware and fasteners that are needed can be fully built in.

Water Jet Cutting Advantages

Durability

Similar to CNC machining, Water Jet Cutting produce highly durable parts well-suited for both functional prototypes and end-use production.

Scalability

All water jet cutting parts are built on-demand and with lower setup costs compared to CNC Machining. Depending on your needs, order as little as a single prototype up to 10,000 production parts.

Rapid Turnaround

Combining the latest cutting, bending and punching with automated technologies, Xometry provides instant sheet quotes and completed parts in as little 12 business days.

Material Selection

Choose from a variety of sheet metals across a wide range of strength, conductivity, weight, and corrosion-resistance.

Custom Finishes

Select from a variety of finishes, including anodizing, plating, powder coating, and painting.

Water Jet Cutting Materials

Metals

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel

Water Jet Cutting Finishes

Standard

Minimal post-processing or treatment on parts is done.

Bead Blast

The part surface is left with a smooth, matte appearance.

Anodize (Type II or Type III)

Type II creates a corrosion-resistant finish. Parts can be anodized in different colors—clear, black, red, and gold are most common—and is usually associated with aluminum. Type III is thicker and creates a wear-resistant layer in addition to the corrosion resistance seen with Type II.

Powder Coat

This is a process where powdered paint is sprayed onto a part which is then baked in an oven. This creates a strong, wear- and corrosion-resistant layer that is more durable than standard painting methods. A wide variety of colors are available to create the desired aesthetic.

Chem Film (Chromate Conversion Coating)

Provides corrosion resistance and good conductivity properties. Can be used as a base for paint. Can leave surface yellow/gold.

Custom

Don’t see the finish you need? Submit an RFQ and we’ll look into a finishing process for you.

Water Jet Cutting Design Guide

Water Jet Cutting Design Guide

Water Jet Cutting is one of Xometry's Sheet Metal profiling processes that directs a high-power water jet nozzle using CNC systems using g code for directions to cut materials for industrial applications. It can be a very cost-effective way to make straightforward metal parts. Check out our design for tips on how to optimize your files for laser cutting!

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