Water Jet Cutting Services

Abrasive Water Jet Cutting

Abrasive water jet cutting is a method of cutting shapes from any type of material by using high-pressure water and abrasives. The water pressure is typically between 20,000 and 55,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). The water is forced through a 0.010" to 0.015" in diameter orifice (hole) in cutting head.  At the head, an abrasive is mixed with  water, creating a cutting stream which exits the nozzle orifice at approximately 1,152 MPH.  Through this combination of micro-erosion grinding and cutting action of the high-pressure, a narrow cross-section of material is removed completely through the thickness.  A computer using AutoCAD controls the process.  Any two dimensional shape from nearly any material is possible.

· Provides the ability to cut shapes that cannot be cut by any other means

· Cuts virtually any material, up to 6" thick.

· Most cost effective when metal materials are under 1/2 inch thick.

· Minimum waste of material.

· No chipping or micro-cracks formed in the finished material.

· Customer AutoCAD drawings can be retrieved by e-mail and cut to your specifications.

· Scanned images or free-hand drawings can be scaled and cut. 

· Fast, economical machining of virtually all metallic and non metallic material assures accuracy and quality while reducing costs.

· Cuts without heat - unlike cutting with plasma, flame, or laser which produces heat that can affect the integrity of the metal - there is no thermal distortion or degradation of materials.

· Physical and chemical characteristics of materials cut are unaffected.

· Superb edges, even on laminates and composites, without separating.

· Usually no additional machining or secondary finishing required.


Call (423) 349-7011 for a demonstration or free quote

A Water Jet can be used for those intricate jobs that need precise detailed cuts.

Special obsolete parts, tools, and patterns can be cut by our Water Jet machine.  Call us if you have a special project.

A local sign company uses our Water Jet Services. 


Water Jet Cutting Advantages:


The resulting surface finish on the cut surfaces is far superior when compared to plasma, torch, or saw cutting the surfaces.  The process is non-evasive and does not harden the cut edges.  

Image used by permission from  Foster Signs

American Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

(423) 349-7011