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How Does Water Jet Cutting Really Work?

It may be difficult to fathom that water can be powerful enough to cut through steel, but it is possible using a water jet. In fact, water jet cutting technology is one of the most effective methods used by metal cutting shops worldwide.

What is a Water Jet?
A water jet is a tool that releases a high-pressure, powerful stream of water. The water flows so quickly that it’s fast enough to cut metal and other materials.

Not only is a water jet powerful, but it’s also accurate. The water is channeled through a narrow nozzle so that it can be controlled and directed for precision.

Why Water Jet Cutting Over Other Forms of Cutting?
Because water jet cutting emits less heat than laser or plasma cutting, it’s ideal to use on materials that won’t stand up to high temperatures. With a water jet, you can cut all of the below and more:

  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Stainless Steel
  • Foam
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Graphite Composites
  • Rubber
  • Paper

While some other forms of cutting cannot cut polished or reflective materials, water jet cutting can tackle the task.

Benefits of Water Jet Cutting by BenCo Technology
At BenCo, we have advanced water jet cutting capabilities. Our Techni water jet can cut a broad variety of materials—from thin glass to 6-inch thick stainless steel plate. Other advantages include:

  • It can also accomplish stack cutting, up to 8 inches thick.
  • Our water jet has a very narrow stream size (.03″) and is controlled by our experienced techs via an innovative software program that allows them to create intricate patterns and detailing.
  • We can pierce even the most delicate materials (without the need for pilot holes) thanks to our water jet’s low-pressure piercing functions.
  • It enables maximal productivity with high acceleration and cutting speeds of almost 1,000 inches per minute.
  • We can achieve various levels of smooth, medium, and coarse edge detail to suit your project’s requirements.
  • Because minimal heat transfer occurs with our water jet equipment, projects don’t require secondary processes to correct heat-induced imperfections.
  • It’s cost-effective and efficient for single prototypes or full production runs.

Is Water Jet Cutting Right for Your Project?
Let’s find out. Contact us today to talk about your next cutting project. Whether water jet cutting is right for you or if another cutting process is best, we’ll match your project with the right tools so you receive the highest quality parts.

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