11 December 2010

supersonic water jet

Water jet cutting can be used to cut and profile almost any type of material from soft foam to titanium. The supersonic jet of water, forced from the cutting nozzle at pressures up to 4,000 bar (60,000 psi), will cut through 60 mm of stainless steel. The process is computer-guided so hard materials – like marble, ceramic and glass – that are usually difficult to work can be cut into intricate and complex shapes directly from CAD data.

Image of water jet cut glass cubes.