Water jet cutting of linoleum based flooring

Water jet cutting of linoleum based flooring material with decorative elements

If you have heard of waterjet cutting, you might be under the impression that UHP – Ultra High Pressure water can cut through anything.  In a way, you would be correct… to an extent.  There are 2 types of waterjet machines that we utilize at JIT Companies.

2 Types of Waterjet Machines at JIT

  1. Abrasive Waterjet: will cut through any thickness of metal or hard materials.
  2. Water-only Waterjet: will cut through anything that can be cut with a scissor or knife.

Water-Only Waterjet Cutting

Today we will discuss water-only waterjet cutting. The types of material that process well with water-only waterjet cutting will range from hard rubbers to soft fabrics and everything in between.  Material thickness will vary based on the type of material being cut, but at 60,000 psi, the jet stream is powerful enough to cut through several layers of material at one time. Basically, if it can be cut with a knife or scissor it would be an excellent candidate for water cutting.  The beauty of water cutting is the small and almost invisible cutting kerf of the water stream.  Unlike laser cutting, there is no burning of otherwise flammable materials to worry about.

Water jet cutting floor tiles

12×12 VCT floor tiles with custom logo created by water jet cutting.

Water-only waterjet cutting enables very precise and intricate cuts to be performed which lends itself well to certain applications.  For instance, inlaying custom designs or logos into materials such as carpeting would be very difficult for a carpet installer to do onsite. But, it would take no time at all if all of the elements were cut beforehand.  Cutting of high-tolerance rubber parts, such as gaskets, would be next to impossible by any other means due to its flexible nature. This unique water-only waterjet cutting process will allow you to design your projects without limitations and at a very affordable price point.

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Next time you have a waterjet cutting challenge, contact JIT Companies at 507-326-5240 to find a solution. You’ll be glad you did!