What industries use waterjet cutters?

From jewelry making to aerospace, waterjets are involved in the production of many products you may not expect. Due to the versatility of cutting with abrasive and the ease-of-use of OMAX's software, OMAX brand waterjets are in a wide variety of industries. Below are just a few examples of industries where OMAX abrasive waterjets are thriving.

Job Shops

Our easy-to-use abrasive waterjets add to your shop's capabilities to cut or machine a variety of materials at the speed and precision demanded by a range of industries


Whether for training or research, our waterjets serve as learning tools for high school, trade school, college and university engineering and physics labs.


From landing gear to controls to space exploration, our high-precision, multi-axis abrasive waterjets are ideal for the aerospace industry.

Food Processing Equipment

From the orange juice you drink at breakfast to the fish filet you had for dinner, abrasive waterjets were likely used to make the machines that process many of your favorite foods.


Fish Processing Machinery

When cutting any type of metal coupon, traditional CNC machines impart heat and add oil or coolant as well as leave burrs. Cutting with laser, plasma, EDM, or traditional saws all impart some level of heat that will need to be dealt with in a secondary process in addition to leaving slag or chatter marks. ASTM standards require specimens for testing should be "free of cold work, notches, chatter marks, grooves, gouges, burrs, rough surfaces or edges, overheating or any other condition which can deleteriously affect the properties to be measured."

  • Using a waterjet does not impart any heat, meaning no additional processes needed. Cutting material on a waterjet with a slow speed can ensure a smooth finish for your testing specimen.
  • Cut true testing coupons, eliminating doubt in the testing process.
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Metal Service Center

The versatility of OMAX abrasive waterjets allow for cutting a wide variety of materials and thicknesses without any material distortion. Aluminum, steel, titanium: complete any order without tool changes. Modern waterjet systems are optimized to cut materials between ¼ inch up to 3 inches thick. Given enough time and consideration for taper, waterjets can cut as thick as you want.

Related Questions

  • What does it cost to run a waterjet?

    A number of factors go into calculating waterjet operational costs, including but not limited to consumable parts, pump horsepower, water supply cost, whether the machine is running one cutting head or two, abrasive cost, the type and thickness of the material being cut and the desired edge quality. Because of all these variables, the specific answer is, it depends on what you're doing with the waterjet. However, a very general operating cost range to run an OMAX waterjet is UDS $25-35 per hour, not including labor cost.

    At operating pressures above 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) more maintenance is required and unplanned downtime can increase dramatically. Ultra-high pressures result in higher operating costs due to accelerated metal fatigue in high pressure components used in pumps and plumbing. For this reason, waterjet cutting machines usually operate most economically and reliably in the range of 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) or less.

    Prudent machine shops calculate their service prices based on the price per part. OMAX software is the most accurate in the industry at predicting the cutting time and cost for a specific part. The cost data can be used for internal accounting reports or customized to include labor and other overhead costs to create a customer quote, all within the Intelli-MAX software.

  • What to do with that used abrasive tends to fall into three categories: disposing, recycling, and re-purposing. In most cases, used abrasive from a waterjet can be thrown out with other non-toxic garbage since garnet is a non-reactive, natural substance. However, if the abrasive has been used to erode toxic material and is contaminated with particles of hazardous materials such as lead or beryllium, it can't be simply thrown out with the trash and must be treated as toxic waste. A service that will periodically collect and properly dispose of your used abrasive can be employed to simplify this process

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  • For most locations in the U.S. and Canada, the answer is “no”. Most of the water that comes from a city's water supply in these countries can be used in an abrasive waterjet without any treatment. For those areas that fall into the exception, waterjet owners can save significant time and money by conditioning the water, no matter what brand of waterjet machine they're running. OMAX recommends all waterjet purchasers get a water quality analysis before buying. The water should be tested for "total dissolved solids" (TDS), not just for bacteria. Dissolved minerals in the water can do a lot of damage to the high-pressure equipment. Even if the parts per million of dissolved solids in your water initially tested within the allowable limit (typically at or below 250 ppm), you should periodically retest. Water quality can change when there is unusual weather or your water department switches reservoirs.

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