Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the benefits of water cutting?

  • Cuts small and intricate designs or large and bulky objects.

  • Reduces time and money through quick precision cutting.

  • Eliminates the need for secondary processes by producing a quality finish with no heavy burning.

  • Does not distort materials and has no heat affected zone.

  • Places no pressure on the part being cut.

  • Can quickly produce one-off prototypes or large production run.

  • Allows some materials to be stacked, cutting multiple pars with a single pass.

  • Reduces material waste by tight Part nesting.

  • Cuts most materials.

Who uses water cutting?

Water cutting is a process that can be used by anyone to achieve a quick and accurate cut for a variety of purposes, ranging from:

  • Home DIY'ers

  • Builders

  • Architects

  • Designers

  • Hobbyists

  • Engineering Companies

  • Sign writers

  • Glaziers

  • Furniture makers

  • Anyone

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How much does water cutting cost?

The cost of water cutting is determined by the time and is affected by:

  • Medium (type of material)

  • Thickness and/or density of material

  • Intricacy (level of detail)

  • Tolerance (degree of accuracy)

  • Quality of cut (grade 1 - 5)

    • 1= Sever

    • 5= Precision

In what file should I send my design to you?

We can convery your design to the required format, or you can provide it on one of the following formats:

  • DXF- Drawing xchange format (export to 6 decimal place accuracy

  • DWG- Autocad LT2000

  • CDR- Coreldraw

  • IGES- Initial Graphics Exchange Specification ( used by many CAD programs)

  • JPG's- These may require further drafting for use by the water cutting company's software

  • Bitmap's - These may require further drafting for use by the water cutting company's software

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What other things would be helpful when sending my designs, drawings or parts?

If providing an electronic copy of your drawing follow the tips below:

  • Cutting parameters must be one layer

  • Profiles are of line type- continuous

  • Curves are made up of arcs (not short lines/spines)

  • Ensure all lines are intersect properly (you can check this by converting the profile into a polyline to see all items join)

  • Eliminate all blocks, text styles, borders, logos etc