Metals & Alloys

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Metals & Alloys

Virtually any metal can be cut using our abrasive waterjet services. Whether you are cutting mild steel for a structural application or an 8” thick titanium blank for an aerospace component, our abrasive waterjet services can handle the job.

The abrasive waterjet cutting of aerospace alloys is our most common process. Some of the frequently used material requests we receive include:

 

 

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Steel

As with many other metals, steel comes in a large variety of qualities. High carbon steel is a strong, durable material that is often used for cutting tools. Mild steel is also widely popular and often comes in different finishes; this is the typical go-to choice for many fabricators, welders, and machinists.

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Titanium

Titanium is a material which is high-strength, low-corrosion, and light-weight. This metal is hard and refractory like other alloys, but can have very minimal erosion even after exposure to elements like saltwater. Titanium is often used in prosthetic devices and in the aerospace and aviation industries.

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Aluminum

Components comprised of Aluminum have become increasingly popular in the aerospace industry. Most Aluminum alloys have an elastic modulus of 70 GPa, which is around one-third of most kinds of steel. These alloys can also be seen quite often in the automotive industry for engines, specifically in cylinder blocks and crankcases. One of the structural limitations of aluminum alloys is their low fatigue strength.

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Brass

Brass is a metal alloy that is made with a combination of copper and zinc. The hardness of this material is dependent on the varying levels of each metal. There are many different types of brass - each with a slightly different chemical makeup - that can include: red brass, cartridge brass, 330 brass, free machining brass, and naval brass. Aside from being an attractive metal, it is also resistant to corrosion and highly ductile. This alloys is often seen in decorative and mechanical applications.

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Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a family of iron-based alloys with a composition that makes it both heat and rust resistant. The changing levels of elements within the metal is what gives each type their unique properties.

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Copper

Copper is used in lots of different applications across various industries because of its favorable characteristics. Copper is corrosion resistant, ductile, and is highly conductive. It is often used for architectural work and signage.

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4130

This is a low-carbon, chromium-molybdenum alloy steel. It can be hot-worked, cold-worked and forged. It is popular in structural projects for buildings and aircrafts.

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Inconel

Inconel is a nickel-chromium based alloy. It is corrosion resistant and ideal for use in extreme environments, such as those of high heat and pressure. We often cut 600, 617, and 625 Inconel.