Glass cutting in San Francisco, CA is a popular request for water jet cutting, but the potential of our water jets goes beyond glass and metal. Those with unique projects are frequently pleasantly surprised when they learn how many materials are perfect beneficiaries of water jet cutting. Here are the materials we work with at Mach 1 Waterjet, Inc.:
- Glass: There is a reason why water jet cutting is perfect for glass. Stained glass especially is delicate, and getting a perfect shape is tricky. When using heat-sourced cutting methods, you risk melting the glass and wasting material—not to mention the possibility of shattering and the injuries associated with it! If you want clean cuts that do not compromise glass, consider water jet cutting. You will enjoy the refined results in your art, windows and other products.
- Paper: Water and paper are usually not an ideal combination; anyone who’s dropped a book in a bathtub can attest to that. Water jet cutting works differently, though. In fact, the paper industry finds water jet cutting essential. The repetitive motions of paper processing or creating products like notepads or greeting cards demand accuracy. Water jet cutting assures the same cut is made every time. It will maintain shapes without constant supervision or machinery adjustments, and leaves no sign that the paper ever came in contact with water. Also, traditional cutting methods create paper dust, which can be a respiratory work hazard. Water jets eliminate that danger.
- Food: The USDA approves water jet cutting for its efficiency and sanitation. Frozen food, candy, produce and meat are normally cut by high-pressure water jets. Solid blades traditionally used in food industries risk bacterial transfer, which is eliminated with water jets. Work areas are easily cleaned and maintained, making water jet cutting a favorite for food handling.
- Metal and its composites: Metals like titanium, Inconel, brass and tool steel/aluminum are not for beginners. They are frequently difficult to manipulate, and using too much heat or pressure can backfire. Water jet cutting slices right through material up to eight inches thick without causing distortion or distress. Composites are also challenging. Worn-out tools, heat stress and frustrated workers are common results of working with those materials. Water jet cutting helps with cutting and molding to create high-quality signature products without the struggle.
- Stone and tile: There is a greater demand for authentic materials when replacing floors or counters. Where vinyl was once the rage, more consumers now request tile, stone, marble or granite. These materials are expensive, but once installed, they typically outlast their artificial counterparts. Water jets cut shapes, pierce holes and remove sharp edges without risking the structural integrity of the material. You can order common shapes in countertops or pick something more unique. Options increase when these materials are easier to manipulate without disaster!
Mach 1 Waterjet, Inc. offers metal, stone and glass cutting in San Francisco, CA, among other services. If you are ready to start your next project and want to benefit from water jet cutting, call us today.