Precision Waterjet Cutting

Intelligent Cutting Solutions (ICS) offers precision waterjet cutting services that offer tight tolerance capabilities for most materials. Some of the most common tight tolerance requirements come from the aerospace and defense industries.

Aerospace Alloys & Defense Components

Our most common project at ICS is the abrasive waterjet cutting of aerospace alloys and defense components. 

The main advantage of using this process for such components are: lack of heat-affected zones, quick cutting times, tight tolerances, varying material capabilities (in terms of type & size), and no thermal distortion.  

Width of Cut: We exclusively use the Flow waterjet machines, which are known for their accuracy and minimal kerfs. This minimal kerf (.30" -.40"), is a result of the narrow stream. With such a precise range, we are able to maximize your material usage, reduce scrap, and save you money. 


Length of Cut :  10' x 13' tables


Edge Quality: Our waterjet cutting services provide the best edge quality, because the process does not introduce any heat or mechanical stress. In many cases, the edge finish can be used as is without the need for any removal or finishing.


Cutting Axes Available: Our machines are capable of cutting 2-axis, 3-axis, and 5-axis. 

Machine Accuracy

  • Linear straightness accuracy: +/- .0381 mm/m [+/-.0015 in/3ft]
  • Repeatability: +/- .025mm [+/-.001 in]
  • Ballbar circularity: +/-.0635mm [+/-.0025 in]
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Material Thickness

The chart below lists some of the materials our machines are capable of cutting, as well as their corresponding max thickness measurements.  

Material Type

 

Thickness

Mild Steel

 

10" 

Aluminum

 

11"

Titanium

 

9" 

Hastalloy

 

9"

Tool Steel

 

9"

Composite

 

4"

Acrylic

 

4"

Rubber

 

10"

Glass

 

6"

Phenolic

 

6"

Part Tolerance

The chart below lists the tolerances that can be held with varying material thickness. 

Material Thickness Range

 

Tolerance

.062-.250"

 

.003-.005

.250-.500"

 

005-.007

.500-1.00"

 

.007-.010

1.00-3.00"

 

.010-.025

3.00-10.00"

 

Plan on near net shape