One powerful piece of machinery in our fully equipped welding and fabrication division is the 5-axis waterjet. This piece of equipment is an exceptional asset to our shop, allowing us to prepare parts for fabrication from a huge variety materials. It’s a great tool to have in our arsenal and allows us to cut quality parts in a fraction of the time it would take to machine them from solid. Let’s look more closely at how this piece of equipment helps our customers enjoy high-quality, cost-effective parts.
What Is a 5-Axis Waterjet?
A waterjet is an extremely versatile machine that sprays a fine stream of high-pressure water into the material you’re cutting. The stream’s velocity erodes the material and cuts it away. For greater cutting power, abrasives are added to the stream, making it powerful enough to cut materials like steel and titanium.
Our waterjet utilizes 5 axes of movement, with 3-dimensional cutting across the X, Y, and Z planes at angles from 0-90 degrees. It also has a high angular precision of ±1/60 degrees. These state of the art waterjet cutting characteristics provide exceptional accuracy.
Waterjet cutting is a great fit form many applications thanks to its versatility. It works on a wide range of materials, from wood and plastic to stainless steel. It’s especially useful for substances where the high temperatures generated from other cutting processes could adversely affect the material such as plasma or laser. Some examples include aluminum and plastic. Waterjet cutting is a cold process that does not create a heat-affected zone making the resulting part easier to machine.
Our Waterjet Capabilities
Here at Chalmers & Kubeck, we offer state-of-the-art waterjet cutting services with a powerful, 60,000 psi highly accurate piece of equipment. It features a cutting envelope of 8 x 12 feet. Combining its high angular precision and ability to cut through up to 12 inches of steel, this machine offers wide-reaching capabilities for our clients who need precise results fast in industries like steel, marine, concrete, petrochemical refining and energy production.
Some parts and services we offer with our waterjet cutting services include:
- Code vessels
- Orifice plates
- Spectacle blinds
- Gasket cutting
- Blind flanges
- Repairs on channel boxes and heat exchangers
- Process piping fabrication
- Custom plate and beam fabrication
- Repair parts and piping patches
Our inventory of certified materials is always growing, supported by a network or regional vendors with quick turnarounds and material test reports you can trust. That means we can often meet emergency service needs overnight.
Try Waterjet Cutting Services From Chalmers & Kubeck
Our massive range of weld procedures allows us to offer many services, like 24-hour emergency service and reverse engineering. Our welding and fabrication services are performed by certified welders using our hundreds of ASME and ABS approved weld procedures at a large-capacity, ISO 9001:2015-certified facility.
When you work with C&K, you get top-tier quality and service. We can accomplish just about any task you send our way with speed and accuracy. To learn more about partnering with C&K and how our 5-axis waterjet cutting services can help, reach out to us online!