Waterjet Cutting

Advanced Waterjet Cutting for Quality Precision

Waterjet Cutting for High Quality Precision Products

At AST Manufacturing we can waterjet cut with multiple heads that all utilize the latest CNC controls and Diamond Waterjet cutting heads to ensure that we cut our products with the highest quality and efficiency. Our 150 horsepower pumps ensure that we are delivering 55,000 PSI to all the cutting heads.

We can accommodate the largest of materials and metal plates thanks to the bed sizes of our cutting tables. Our tables measure:

  • 4-head, 48″ X 96″ Table
  • 4-head, 168″ X 192″ Table

Advantage Waterjet

Our cutting machines can cut through materials considered “unmachinable” by conventional cutting methods. As such, waterjet cutting has significant advantages over competing cutting methods, such as routers, Hi-Def Plasma, laser cutting and EDM. Waterjet cutting can be an alternative to casting forged blanks.

Complex Cutting that is Cost Effective

The advantages of abrasive waterjet cutting extend beyond its cost-competitiveness with other cutting techniques. Waterjet machines are capable of complex and difficult shapes, such as inside corners, notches, architectural and artistic shapes. Waterjet cutting is a CAD driven process; thus, it also offers the capability of repeatability, not available with most other cutting methods. Waterjet can be used for cutting composites and plastics that cannot tolerate heat, mechanical damage, or delamination.

Mass Production with Micro Precision

The CNC controlled and narrow kerf (or cut) resulting from the waterjet cut allows for exceptionally efficient usage of expensive materials such as titanium, composites and optical glass. The narrow kerf also allows for optimum material yields due to tight nesting of the parts (tight tolerances / – .005″ depending on the material). In addition the process provides mass production capability with exception repeatability. Parts can be re-manufactured by simply reentering previously run computer programs.

Why Waterjet Cutting?

Waterjet Cutting is Efficient

Waterjet cutting is several times faster that Wire EDM and much cleaner than Plasma cutting; yet it also has the ability to cut through all materials, conductive and non-conductive alike. This creates an efficient option for your cutting needs.

Waterjet Cutting is Precise

AST Waterjet uses the latest in computer controls to produce accurate and precise CNC cutting up to / – .005”.

Waterjet is Versatile

Abrasive waterjet cutting technology can cut through most materials.

No Heat Affected Zones

Unlike Laser cutting, Waterjet cutting imparts no heat to the material being cut, resulting in no HAZ (Heat Affected Zone).

Environmentally Friendly

Waterjet cutting is an environmentally friendly solution compared to many other complex cutting operations. Everything we use to cut our shapes is an all-natural product and cutting oils and aids are not needed with this process. The process is clean, does not create dust, by-products like grindings and chips, or chemical air pollution. The Waterjet stream carries away the eroded material, practically eliminating dust and does not generate pollutants and fumes associated with other cutting methods.

Why waterjet cutting?

  • Cuts through all types of materials
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • No heat affected zones
  • Accurate and precise cutting
  • No chemicals, clean cutting, green manufacturing
  • No smog, dirt or grime
  • No heat, warping, or discoloration
  • No carbon buildup
  • Tolerances to +/-.005″
  • Multi-head cutting

Our machines are able to cut virtually any material at any thickness:

  • Aluminum
  • Titanium
  • Inconel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Carbon and Alloy Steels
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Laminates
  • Stone
  • Tile
  • Rubber
  • Wood
  • Glass

A combination of speed and cost makes waterjet cutting the solution to your next cutting job.

Materials

AST Waterjet maintains a vast inventory of material for our customers.

  • Metals – Stainless Steel, Aluminum, Copper, Titanium, Brass, Bronze, Tool Steel
  • Glass – Aviation, Bullet-proof, Stained
  • Plastics – Phenolics, Laminates, Rubber, Composites, VCT
  • Stone – Granite, Limestone, Marble
  • Wood and more

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Looking for additional Metal Fabricating services?

Precision Laser Cutting
CNC Machining and Milling
Press Brake
CNC Routing
Band Saw Cutting

In addition, AST also offers Assembly Services to complete your product. We also offer complete CAD/CAM Programming Services for putting your project into production.

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