People who don’t work in the manufacturing industry would likely be fascinated by the processes by which many of the objects they see on an everyday basis are created. For these people, it might seem impossible that many of the items they use every day, or at least parts of some of the items they frequently use, were cut accurately (and quite cheaply) using water.
Water jet cutting with thin streams of water combined with abrasive materials is an extremely popular method for manufacturers and fabricators to cut through materials of all types and sizes. The technology continues to evolve constantly as the needs of these manufacturers also change. The versatility and efficiency of the process has made it a staple of many types of fabrication.
Here are just a few examples of some of the industries that most benefit from water jet cutting in San Francisco, CA:
- Home remodeling: Wondering exactly how your backsplash tiles or granite countertops got cut so finely to the exact specifications you need? In many cases, they weren’t cut using traditional blades, but instead were cut with water jets, which are capable of cutting through hard, brittle materials without resulting in breakage or marring of any sort. Water jet cutting is also regularly used for cutting insulation panels.
- Glass: There are many different types of applications for glass, ranging from decorative to functional. Almost all industries that make regular use of glass benefit from water jet cutting, as the process can be used to easily slice through glass of all types—even laminated and bulletproof.
- Automotive: The automotive industry regularly uses water jet cutting for a wide variety of purposes, including cutting out gaskets and interior door components, making fiberglass body components, cutting instrument panels, cutting liners for truck beds, cutting bumpers for all types of vehicles and accurately cutting out interior trim for carpet, headliners and more.
- Food service: The food industry also uses water jet cutting for cutting meat and fish. This ensures there will be no cross contamination, as there is no blade being shared from food item to food item. It is also beneficial for slicing vegetables quickly and finely.
- Boating: Fiberglass is cut quite easily with water jet technology. This allows for accurate cuts on boat bodies, both for the purposes of shaping and for the accurate trimming out of holes needed for assembly and mounting.
- General manufacturing: Water jet technology is frequently used for cutting metals of all types, including stainless steel. There is now extremely minimal heat produced by the process of stainless steel water jet cutting, which allows metal to be cut without harm or without making any dimensional changes to the cut items.
Really, the uses for water jet technology are innumerable—it is a highly versatile technology that has a firm grasp on many industries. To learn more about the capabilities of water jet cutting in San Francisco, CA and how you can best make use of it for your company, contact Mach 1 Waterjet, Inc. today.