Waterjet Cutting

Any Material - Any Shape! 

Following a major capital investment in a "Flow" waterjet cutting facility, Clydeview can machine finish your products to drawing specification.

Our advanced waterjet cutting machine allows us to produce complex shapes in a broad range of materials to extremely tight tolerances.

Producing a 0.8 mm jet of water at 60,000 PSI, the waterjet machine allows us to cut intricate shapes to tolerances of +/- 0.2 mm—removing 1 mm of material. Individual items may be cut to approximately 4 m x 2 m and to a depth of 200 mm.

A wide variety of materials may be cut by waterjet, including steel, stainless steel, granite, wood, aluminium, plastic, perspex, foam, carbon fibre, Kevlar and composite materials. Traditionally, composites were cut by diamond saw; however this process is limited to cutting straight lines—waterjet cutting can produce complex, intricate shapes.

The process also allows for extremely flexible quantity requirements to be met—from rapid prototyping for development work to full volume production. Regardless of quantity requirements, waterjet technology cost-effectively produces components to a consistent quality standard.

Waterjet cutting produces no inherent material changes so, unlike laser cutting, there is no work-hardening of edges. Edges are left perfectly clean, without the need for further machining or labour-intensive finishing.

Many companies now order waterjet cut blanks, sending them on for subsequent machining and plating processes. This is not only labour intensive, requiring multiple purchase orders with multiple inspections, but carriage charges frequently add hundreds of pounds to the core order value. Clydeview offers a direct-to-line facility which saves on these costly additions. Secondary processes may involve, milling, drilling, reaming, tapping, polishing or plating parts which are then delivered direct to customer.

Typically this reduces the total product cost, saving the customer from moving components through various sub-contractors.

Interestingly, our feedback suggests the biggest benefit to customers derive from a single contact point, one company dealing with quotations, deliveries, invoices and technical issues.

Truly a "One Stop Shop"