I can’t believe I beat Jason to posting about the water-jet.  This tool is what The Foundery is most proud to own.  If you are not familiar with abrasive water-jets, this machine (pictured below), uses a high pressure stream of water and abrasive to cut through virtually any material. The “sweet spot” for cutting, is any thickness 3 inches or less….3 INCHES!!!  Which means this machine can precisely cut through 3″ thick steel plate to any profile you can think of.  The machine maxes out at ~10″ thick.

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And here is the water jet and myself posing for an Us-sie:

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If you look closely you can see that the water-jet is fresh off the delivery truck and still several weeks away from being fully assembled and installed.  Once operational, the machine will have a working area of 10′ x 5′ and will be able to cut through 1″ thick plate at a speed of ~5″/minute.

Materials commonly cut on a waterjet include: Aluminum, steel, wood, plastic, composites, foam, glass and even granite.  The only material I know can’t be cut on this machine is tempered glass, because it would shatter into thousand’s of small cubes.

I just googled “stained glass water jet cut” to make sure you really can cut glass on an abrasive waterjet #factchecking.  I came across this stained glass gem! designed and cut on an abrasive water jet by Chip Hunter of Holbrook NY.  (http://www.arborimage.com/C2Resource/C2ResourceStudio.htm)

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Waterjets are regularly used to cut functional parts for mechanical designs, but I think the art stuff is more impressive.  Below is a photo of my kids I converted to a vector file and had cut on a water-jet in 1/8″ thick aluminum.  I spray painted it black and BOOM!  Christmas gift for my parents!!!

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I’ll probably make something like this for my wife once we get our water-jet up and running.  She’ll think I put a lot of time into it when really, the machine will do all the work while I sit back and update my fantasy football line-up.

— Corey