Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Check our Frequently Asked Questions below highlighting topics and specific questions that are often asked regarding our capabilities with the waterjet or laser.
"Waterjet" is a general term used to describe equipment that uses a high velocity stream of water for cutting or cleaning purposes. "Abrasivejet" is a subcategory of waterjet in which an abrasive (typically garnet) is introduced into the stream of high pressure water just before it leaves the nozzle, accentuating the cutting ability. A computerized motion control system moves the nozzle and the stream of water erodes a thin line from the material. Pure waterjet cutting (without abrasive) is generally used to cut softer materials such as foam and cardboard, whereas abrasive waterjets can cut virtually any conductive or non-conductive material.
Virtually any material can be cut with a waterjet. In fact, it is easier to answer what materials cannot be cut with a waterjet. We frequently cut various materials, with the exception of some hard ceramics and tempered glass as it is prone to shattering.
Below is a brief list of materials that we frequently cut with AbrasiveJet and WaterJet technologies:
- Aluminum (2024, 5052, 6064, 7075, etc.)
- Carbon Fiber
- Exotic Alloys
- Glass Reinforced Polyurethane
- Mild Steel
- Plastics (ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, Delrin, PTFE, Teflon, etc.)
- Hard Rubber
- Stainless Steel (304, 316, etc.)
- and much more
- Soft Gasket Material
- Soft Wood
- Soft Rubber
- and much more
Our Omax 55100 jet machining center can accept materials up to 55" x 100" in size and can cut up to 9 inches thick depending on the type of material. Smaller, more precise jobs can go on our Omax 2652 jet machining center with a cutting table size of 26" x 52". Our minimum tolerances vary depending on the shape of the material, thickness, and type. The waterjet has a tolerance of +/- 0.005" on most parts and can cut intricate designs with ease. Call or e-mail us to discuss any questions you may have about materials or parts that you need cut.
We have the capability to cut and engrave many different types of materials using our 75w Epilog laser machines. The working areas for our laser machines are 36" x 24" and 40" x 28" for our newest laser machine. We can handle materials up to 12" thick.
While our laser machines can cut certain materials up to 1/2" thick, they are mostly used for engraving. Our lasers have the capability to cut acrylic, wood, rubber, leather, and other materials. We are able to laser engrave on acrylic, glass, anodized aluminum, leather, nylon, vinyl, rubber, corain, stone, and many other materials. We also offer CerMark engraving, which is a solid black engraving on uncoated metals. Give us a call if you have any questions about what our laser machines can do for your project.
Our waterjet and laser software uses a CAD/CAM system to interpret digital files with a .DXF extension. A ready-to-use CAD file provided by you is preferred as it is the most cost effective method to save time on programming and setup. We understand that this may not always be the case, and we are more than willing to help! Our team here at Advanced Waterjet has a strong background in design and production and we can scan or reverse engineer your sample part, photograph, blueprint, or hand sketch into a working CAD file. If additional CAD or drawing services are needed, we are happy to accommodate that request.
While .DXF files are preferred, we accept Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, or Solidworks files. We also accept any of the following suffix extensions: *.ai, *.cam, *.dwg, *.iges, *.igs, and *.pdf. If you do not see your extension listed here, please give us a call and a member of our team can assist you further.