Waterjet Cutting

At Tape Innovations, we are waterjet cutting pioneers. Our deep knowledge and expertise in this precision process is vital when customers come to us with specialized, unique projects.

Waterjet cutting, also sometimes referred to as hydrocutting, uses a high-pressure waterjet and an abrasive surface to cut materials like metals, plastics and foams. Our waterjet uses a hair-thin pure stream for soft materials and a garnet abrasive to cut virtually any hard object. The process is particularly effective with small, intricate and complex parts.

It’s also ideal for thicker materials, like a thick foam, that may see edge concavity with die cutting. It works well for prototypes, thick materials, larger parts, heat-resistant materials like silicone and complex design. It produces a smooth, sandblasted look and is considered to have a “finished cut,” which means no finishing costs.

In addition, waterjets are the most environmentally friendly way to get the job done, and it’s safer for us on the shop floor as well, because water reduces the dangers associated with heat during the process.

Benefits of Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting produces a smooth, sandblasted look that is free of burnt edges, chips, burrs and slag. Once a gasket, seal or other part undergoes waterjet machining, it is considered to have a “finished cut.” Extra finishing processes are not necessary, which results in a cost savings.
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Some machining processes involve burning or melting, which can alter a material’s inherent chemical properties. With waterjet cutting, this is not an issue. Known to insulate and absorb heat, water is the cutting medium in this machining process and works to maintain the properties of materials, such as metals, plastics and composites.
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Manufacturing processes like the punch press use a set of punches and dies to form parts. Based on a drawing, a custom die is created and once that is formed, production can begin. The expense and time involved in creating the die is often balanced with long-run production. But, what if you need just one large prototype or short-run gaskets shipped the next day? With waterjet cutting, production only needs the drawing to start, which results in a lower cost per piece for short runs.
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In some machining processes, the manufactured piece of material must be clamped down or affixed to the machine’s surface so that it does not move. This fixturing can produce mechanical stresses into the work-piece, which compromises the overall structural quality. In waterjet cutting, a powerful stream of water is directed downward, pushing the work-piece into the machine table with enough force that it requires minimal or no fixturing.
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Pure waterjet cutting is used to cut soft materials. Abrasive waterjet cutting is used to cut hard material. We can offer both to our customers.
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Waterjet Cutting Tools

Our state-of-the-art, precision waterjet cutting machines enable us to accomplish complicated cuts on unusual raw materials, allowing us to serve a bigger customer base.

AVAILABLE MATERIALS

Waterjet cutting allows for the use of a high-pressure waterjet and abrasive surface to cut a variety of materials like:
Metals
Plastics
Foams

Common Applications

Waterjet cutting is ideal for thicker materials that would often see edge concavity with die cutting, like thick foams. The powerful cut made by the waterjet leaves a clean precise edge on the material.

Waterjet cutting works well for:

  • Prototypes
  • Thick materials
  • Larger parts
  • Heat-resistant material like silicone
  • Complex designs that require very tight tolerances

Our engineers have high levels of experience with CAD software and various CAD cutting capabilities. We can work with the files you provide (.dxf or xdwg) or we can create one for you.

Why work with Tape Innovations?

With over two decades of industry-leading experience, Tape Innovations is a proud 3M Preferred Converter. That means the worldwide leader in this industry trusts us to create innovative, problem-solving solutions using their high-end products. We also have earned Preferred Converter status with Laird Performance Materials and Rogers Corporation. It's an honor we're proud of. But we don't want to simply be a converter. We are a true partner with our clients, helping them innovate, create and benefit from products customized to meet their needs. We're playing the long game with our customers, knowing that your success is our success. With our expertise in the converting process, the trust and respect from industry leaders and our signature innovation, Tape Innovations should be your first choice to bring your projects to life.