Water jet cutter

A diagram of a water jet cutter
  1. high-pressure water inlet
  2. jewel (ruby or diamond)
  3. abrasive (garnet)
  4. mixing tube
  5. guard
  6. cutting water jet
  7. cut material

A water jet cutter, also known as a water jet or waterjet, is an industrial tool capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using an extremely high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance. The term abrasive jet refers specifically to the use of a mixture of water and an abrasive to cut hard materials such as metal, stone or glass, while the terms pure waterjet and water-only cutting refer to waterjet cutting without the use of added abrasives, often used for softer materials such as wood or rubber.[1]

Waterjet cutting is often used during the fabrication of machine parts. It is the preferred method when the materials being cut are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by other methods; examples of such materials include plastic and aluminium. Waterjet cutting is used in various industries, including mining and aerospace, for cutting, shaping, and reaming.[2]

  1. ^ About waterjets, archived from the original on 2010-02-26, retrieved 2010-02-13.
  2. ^ Guidorzi, Elia (2022-02-03). "Waterjet Cutting History - Origins of the Waterjet Cutter". TechniWaterjet. Retrieved 2022-02-17.