Abrasive Water Jet Technology

Abrasive water jet cutting mixes water with garnet abrasive in a high-pressure, high-velocity stream that can cut harder, thicker materials such as sheets and profiles made of rubber, plastic, metal, stone, and glass.

Elasto Proxy uses this form of water jet technology to cut:

  • hard materials 
  • thick, soft materials
  • rubber products that contain metal wires

At our manufacturing facility near Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Elasto Proxy uses an ABB IRB-4400 industrial robot. Abrasive water jet technology doesn’t require a robot, but you’ll like the fast, precise, and cost-effective cuts we can achieve.

Elasto Proxy also offers CNC water jet cutting for applications that do not require the addition of an abrasive to the high-velocity stream of water. 

abrasive water jet cutting

Advantages

Abrasive water jet cuts are faster to make than manual cuts and put less stress on the workpiece. It also costs less than guillotine cutting because there’s no surface finishing required. Once a length of rubber is cut, it’s ready to bond. Stacking, nesting, and a large working environment maximize material yields for greater efficiency.

At Elasto Proxy, water jet abrasive cutting combines digital manufacturing with industrial automation. Thanks to computer-aided design (CAD) and the absence of metal tooling, quick-turn prototyping is readily achievable. Abrasive water jetting also has fast setup times since there usually isn’t a need for clamping or special fixturing.

For customers with sustainability initiatives, abrasive water jet equipment is more environmentally-friendly than other cutting methods. There’s no hazardous waste and any vapors, smoke, or dust particles are trapped in the water and filtered out. Scrap materials from cutting can be recycled and relatively little water is used. 

Because it’s a cold cutting process, water jet abrasive cutting won’t create heat-effected zones or cause hardening that requires expensive secondary processing. Any heat that’s produced is cooled by the water stream. By contrast, laser cutting and CNC machining can cause warping, distortion, or material hardening. 

Depending on the material and thickness, abrasive water jetting can achieve accuracies measured in tenths of a millimeter. This cutting technique can produce intricate cuts, 3D shapes, and near-net shapes with excellent edge quality. To learn more or request a quote, contact Elasto Proxy.

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