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WaterJet Cutting | Efficient & Precise Jet Cutting

Waterjet Cutting is ideal for, short-run part production, just-in-time manufacturing, tooling, prototype part development, and machine repair parts.

  • Delivers, fast, clean, smooth cuts reducing secondary operations
  • Does not create heat that will adversely impact sensitive materials or cause mechanical stress
  • Eliminates the need for expensive tooling or complex fixture costs
  • Capable of cutting virtually any type of flat material; including metal, plastic, stone & wood
  • Can cut up to a 100" x 55" (2540 mm x 1397 mm) sheet of material, up to 9” thick
  • Tilt-A-Jet delivers virtually zero taper with most materials
  • Environmentally “green” system with quiet and clean operation

Speed, Savings and Efficiencies of Water jet Cutting

There are several ways RWD abrasive waterjet services can save you time.  Whether you supply us with the material or rely on us to source it, our “Rapid Waterjet" services will save you time and money. Here's how:

  1. Nesting Parts with computer programming that will decrease wasted material and maximize your cost
  2. Stacking Material - Some material, depending on the thickness, can be stacked to decrease cutting times by 40%. Quality of cut and total thickness must be taken into consideration.
  3. Minimal Tooling - Rapid Waterjet Design can cut a wide variety of parts with no tooling, thus decreasing time and increasing savings on tooling costs.
  4. Material - Rapid Waterjet Design will nest and cut your parts with minimal waste. Also, the water jet minimizes material waste compared to CNC milling processes that require working to the critical dimensions.

Technological Comparisons







Materials Range 

Only metallic

Mostly metallic (not reflective)

Any Material

Any material

Material thickness

0 to10"

0 to 3/4"

0 to 10" with additional set-ups

0 to 10"

Accuracy (dependent on thickness)


.003" - .006"


.005" - .010"

Cutting speed (based on 1"-8" thick steel)

Slow, very accurate

1" max. thick, fast on thin metals

Best for finishing to size

Excellent, tilt head option to maintain vertical edge cuts

Thermal alteration





Edge Cutting quality






- Pre-drill each hole
- Re-thread wire


Squaring of block


WaterJet Quality Index

Abrasive waterjet cuts at various speed allowing us to control quality, speed and cost.  Below illistrates the 5 different settings we cut material at and the finish cutting edge it will leave.  The finish does change depending on material that is being cut.

Waterjet Cutting Quality Index Q1 Q1 - Quality 1 is the fastest cutting speed for our abrasive waterjet. Q1 is used for rough cutting when edge finish, taper or tolerances are not important. Waterjet Cutting Quality Index Q2 Q2 - Quality 2 is the second fastest cutting speed for our abrasive waterjet. Q2 is used for cutting when finish is not important and secondary machining is used.
Waterjet Cutting Quality Index Q3 Q3 - Quality 3 is the most commonly used setting. It offers good to very good cutting finish, depending on material being cut. Cutting speed is good and able to hold standard tolerances with tapper control. Waterjet Cutting Quality Index Q4 Q4 - Quality 4 delivers a very good to excellent cutting finish. Secondary finishing is usually not nessecary. Holds tight tolerances with tapper control.
Waterjet Cutting Quality Index Q5 Q5 - Quality 5 delivers the best cutting finish available with an abrasive waterjet. No secondary finishing is required and holds tight tolerances with tapper control. Cutting is very slow and more expensive.    

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