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Waterjet

LCS offers a whole new level of accuracy and reliability with our waterjet cutting capabilities. We can cut custom shapes of various materials and thickness with a whole new level of accuracy. Our (2) 8’ x 13’ Waterjet tables give us an advantage, accommodating three 4’ x 8’ sheets at one time on each machine, as well as large oversized plates. 

Waterjet cutting is suited to a wide range of materials, making its capabilities virtually endless. Since it involves no chemicals or heat, the warping and distortion that typically comes from laser, plasma, or flame tables is eliminated. This results in parts that rarely require a secondary process to correct distortions. In addition, our waterjet equipment can hold tight tolerances of +/- .005” depending on material type and thickness.

LCS’s Waterjet Cutting Capabilities

Large Capacity, 8’ x 13’ tables

Thanks to our two 8’ x 13’ tables, we are able to load up to (3) 4’ x 8’ sheets at a time on each machine, eliminating any down time between cuts. This method is especially suited for high-production cutting. We can cut parts as small as a penny or by indexing material, we can cut parts that are even larger than our 8’ x 13’ tables.

Near-Net Shape Cutting

Abrasive waterjets can cut workpieces over 12” thick, though the applications at these thicknesses are limited and cut tolerances increase. If the accuracy required of a part is tighter than the tolerances we typically offer, near-net shape cutting is an excellent alternative. This technique leaves a small amount of material on the part that is then removed through a secondary milling or grinding operation.These secondary operations are efficient since waterjet cutting leaves no hardened material that other methods such as laser or plasma cutting would have left. Through this, we can achieve the tight tolerances our customers require.

Suited To a Wide Range of Materials

  • Acrylic
  • Alloys
  • Aluminum
  • Armor Plate
  • Bronze
  • Brass
  • Bullet Proof Glass
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Carpet
  • Cast Iron
  • Ceramic
  • Cobalt
  • Composites
  • Copper
  • Corian
  • Expanded Metal
  • Felt
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam
  • Formica
  • Gaskets
  • Glass
  • Granite
  • Graphite
  • Hardened Steel
  • Hastelloy
  • Hot Rolled Steel
  • Inconel
  • Insulation
  • Kevlar
  • Laminates
  • Leather
  • Limestone
  • Linoleum
  • Magnesium
  • Marble
  • Mild Steel
  • Neoprene
  • Nickel Alloys
  • Nylon
  • Phenolics
  • Plastics
  • Plexiglas
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyethylene
  • Porcelain
  • PVC
  • Quartz
  • Rubber
  • Silicone
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • Stone
  • Teflon
  • Thermoplastics
  • Tin
  • Titanium
  • Tool Steel
  • Tungsten
  • Urethane
  • Vinyl
  • Wood
  • Wrought Iron
  • Zinc
  • Other Metals

*While our process is able to, we will not cut hazardous materials, such as lead or beryllium copper. These materials hamper our ability to recycle garnet and dispose of water from the process. If you have any questions, please contact us.

A brief overview of Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is a process where a jet stream is forced through a small nozzle at a very high pressure and speed. Often, the jet stream is mixed with an abrasive material in a related process, abrasive waterjet cutting, to cut even the hardest and thickest materials. This controlled and accelerated erosion process cuts through virtually any material, making it one of the most versatile cutting techniques available. In addition, waterjet cutting involves no chemicals or heat, and so eliminates the warping and distortion caused by other cutting methods. This in turn minimizes and sometimes excludes the need for secondary processes.

The benefits of Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting is a highly versatile and highly precise fabrication technique that can save on tooling and post-machining expenses thanks to its accuracy and the smooth surfaces it creates. It can cut nearly anything, including materials typically considered non-machinable, at virtually any thickness. Some other benefits of waterjet cutting include:

  • Tight nesting–the diameter of the stream (kerf) is only .005 to .040 depending on material.
  • Excellent for both prototyping and production
  • Capable of producing complex part geometries
  • Rapid design changes possible thanks to state-of-the-art CAD/CAM software
  • No molding or tooling costs
  • Easily repeatable process
  • No down time necessary, increasing part yield per hour
  • Minimal kerf and common line cutting of parts
  • Minimal force, less than 3 lbs. is exerted on the workpiece, reducing fixturing
Materials Cutting Chart

Applications

Waterjet cutting is an excellent cutting solution for a variety of applications, from industrial and architectural applications to residential and commercial components and much more. Many projects are typically thought to be impossible to create without a waterjet, because of the fragile nature of the material and also because of the intricacy of the design. The lists below are just a small sample of the many different ways that waterjet cutting can benefit the industries at large.

Industrial

  • Aluminum Parts
  • Die Plates
  • Gaskets
  • Electrical Enclosures and Cabinets
  • Foam Packaging
  • Steel parts
  • Plastic parts
  • Rubber parts
  • Seals

Architectural

  • Architectural Stone or Tile
  • Steel Parts
  • Wood Parts
  • Textiles
  • Tile Floors
  • Wall designs
  • Signs/Numbers and Lettering/Logos
  • Ornamental Metal Accents

Commercial

  • Airports
  • Amusement Parks
  • Casinos
  • Churches
  • Complexes
  • Government Buildings
  • Grocery
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Public Spaces
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Schools and Universities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Sports Facilities
  • Theme Parks

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If you’re ready to request a quote, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact LCS today to get started.