What Is Waterjet Cutting?

Waterjet cutting is a cold cutting process, most commonly used in the aerospace & aviation industry. This process can be used on varying materials and thicknesses, and varies greatly from other cutting processes.

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The biggest advantage of using this process is that there is no thermal distortion or damage. This process has dated back to the 1800s but has made many advancements since its introduction. Waterjet cutting is used in almost every industry because its an extremely powerful and versatile tool. 

There are two types of waterjet cutting, abrasive and pure. Pure waterjet cutting is a process that cuts material only with a high-pressure stream of water. This process was the original method that was developed and is used when cutting softer materials such as rubbers, fabrics, and foam.

Abrasive waterjet cutting is a process that is very similar to that of pure waterjet cutting, with the exception that it adds an abrasive garnet material to the high-pressure water stream. The garnet that is added to the stream helps the machine produce enough pressure to cut through hard, thick materials.  At ICS we use state-of-the-art Flow waterjet machines with a 94,000 PSI pump!

The ICS Advantage

We are a cut above the rest! We are not a parts manufacturer with spare waterjet capacity like others in the industry. ICS solely offers waterjet cutting services, allowing us to prioritize your orders. 

Many fabricators and machine shops offer waterjet cutting services, but it is one of many services they have in their portfolio. This often causes a lack of attention to your order, and the company will prioritize completing its own parts before tending to outside orders. 

ICS works hard to give our customers high-quality cuts with fast lead times. Our team is trained to give the utmost attention to each project that comes through our doors. Our multiple machines help us to support a wide capacity, and our disruption plan in place helps us avoid delays.