Can a Waterjet Cut Silicon Nitride?
The simple answer is yes.
But if you’re like us, you don’t want just the simple answer. We’re very excited to tell you the story about how we went about cutting silicon nitride with one of our waterjet cutters.
An engineer from Stein Seal Company contacted us wanting to know if we could cut several 1/8” wide slices from a small 1” thick block of silicon nitride. They work with this material all the time, but the brittleness of the material would have made it very difficult to create such fragile parts without breaking them. A waterjet cutter is a tool that specializes in doing things that are hard for many other cutting methods. Waterjet cutting happens to be our specialty, so we said yes. Here’s the story of what happened after we said yes.Read More
911 Memorial Monument
We are honored to have played an important part in the creation of this new 911 Memorial Monument in Barrington, New Jersey. With another anniversary of the tragic attacks on our nation only a few days away, we thought we would take the time to share this story with you.
The monument is a thick slab of weathered steel protruding from the earth; its top edge cloven with a sharp gash and its surface perforated with 2,977 holes—exactly the amount of people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The placement of the plate, the angle of its tilt, and the angles of the holes cut through the plate are all precisely planned and calculated. On the exact date and time of each of the four attacks, the sun aligns perfectly with the holes representing the people who lost their lives in that attack. In the dark shadow cast by the plate, thousands of tiny spots of light defy the darkness. And even as the sun advances in the sky and more spots of light come into focus, the long arm of shadow stretching out from the plate grows shorter and shorter until it is finally gone. Such is the fate of shadows when they are pierced by many lights.Read More
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Fine Detail Cutting for the University of Texas!
We want to show you a cool part we just waterjet cut that really showcases one of the big advantages of waterjet cutting. This part was cut for the PMC lab at the University of Texas. The material is 1-3/4″ thick 7075 aluminum, and the ribs of this delicate lattice structure are only 1mm (.039″) wide! […]Read More
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Check Out Our New Toy!
If you attended our Open House, then you already saw our latest waterjet. You were even lucky enough to watch it snorting through 9” thick steel! We’re especially excited to make this announcement to all of our customers, and here’s the big reason… While this new machine is 5-axis and 87,000 psi just like our […]Read More
Waterjet Cutting Industries
Waterjet cutting offers unparalleled accuracy, versatility, and customization for your custom fabrication and manufacturing needs. With Aquajet’s waterjet service, you have the option to work with a wide range of materials — including soft materials like rubber or foam, brittle materials like stone and ceramic, and all types of metals — to turn your […]Read More
What Is Taper and How to Eliminate It
Waterjet cutting is an extremely versatile cutting method that utilizes a high-pressure stream of water to accurately cut simple or intricate designs into a wide variety of materials. Waterjets are complex machines, and the shape of the cut is dependent on numerous variables. One challenge posed by waterjet cutting is taper, which can greatly affect […]Read More
How to Improve Waterjet Cutting Accuracy
Waterjet cutting is a versatile cutting method that uses a high-pressure stream of water to cut a variety of materials into the desired shapes and designs. Due to its precision and accuracy, it is used by a wide range of industries that require parts with adherence to strict tolerances. While waterjet cutting offers a high […]Read More
A Description of Waterjet Cutting
Waterjet cutting is a process in which a supersonic stream of water, usually combined with a granular abrasive, is used to cut parts. Suitable for cutting everything from foam to steel, waterjet cutting is a versatile technology that can cut with exceptional accuracy and edge quality. These attributes make it a preferred cutting method for […]Read More
Which Cutting Process Is Right for Your Application?
When selecting the best cutting application for your needs, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the different methods available to you. Some cutting methods are better for extremely detailed and fine work, while others may be more equipped for thick materials. The most common cutting methods available on the market today are […]Read More
A Guide to Cutting Thick Materials
Waterjet cutting is an incredibly versatile method used to shape components from a variety of materials. One of its primary benefits is the ability to cut particularly thick materials. With waterjet cutting, thick steel and other materials can be cut accurately and efficiently. Here, we will discuss the potential limitations of waterjet cutting for thick […]Read More