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Metal Fabrication

What Is a Standard Machining Surface Finish?

With all the technology currently available, you can take a machined part from concept to prototype to a finished piece and are now able to pinpoint and perfect specific areas of those parts that would have seemed inconceivable just a few short years ago. Whether the component in question was CNC machined, cut by a waterjet, or fabricated with any of the other popular machining processes, great detail can, and is now included, in the surface condition of these parts.

Surface finish is a broad term, with many different meanings, now being used when processing machined parts. As with any process that can deliver this number of alternative solutions, a surface finish has a beginning, or a baseline if you will, that serves as a starting point for the various surface finishes, which you can add to the machining of your particular part.

This post will answer some of the more baseline questions concerning surface finish for those looking to gain a more fundamental understanding of surface finish. Once these definitions and the science behind surface finish become clearer, look into how a company like Elemet Manufacturing can provide cutting and machining services with the desired surface finish for your next prototype or production job.

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What Is the Definition of Surface Finish?

Engineering Choice is an informational website that is a good starting point for understanding the basics of surface finish. The following definition is from EngineeringChoice.com:

“Surface finish, also known as surface texture or surface topography, is the nature of a surface as defined by the three characteristics of lay, surface roughness, and waviness. It comprises the small, local deviations of a surface from the perfectly flat ideal (a true plane).”

Surface finish can be as simple as the finish left behind after machining. In applications where the surface finish does not interfere with the part’s function, to save money on production of the part, no further action is needed for it to be complete and ready to ship to the customer. This type of surface finish can also be labeled as a Standard Machining Surface Finish.

For those parts that need to work in tandem with another part to create a seal, you must specify certain surface finish attributes as part of the manufacturing process. To machine the surface finish to a particular set of specs, you need to know how the surface finish is measured.

What Is Measured for Surface Finish?

The definition above of surface finish mentions three characteristics. These characteristics are lay, surface roughness, and waviness, and it is the measurement of these three characteristics that classify the surface finish. 

Another term used when defining or measuring the surface finish is Surface Topology. Think of surface topology exactly like you would the topology of a geographical map, taking into consideration all the peaks, valleys, and other surface attributes when referring to “the lay of the land.”

Let’s look at the three characteristics and how they contribute to surface topology.

Lay

Think of the surface finish lay just like you would think of the direction of the grain in a piece of plywood or lumber. Manufacturing processes produce the lay, and it can be parallel, perpendicular, circular, cross-hatched, radial, multi-directional, or isotropic (non-directional). Later, in this post, when we address the surface finish chart and how to use it, the Lay measurement will be further explored.

Waviness

Waviness is the broadest spaced variation in the surface finish. These periodic surface imperfections are small enough, short enough, and regular enough that they are not considered defects in the surface finish’s flatness.

Common causes of waviness are warping from extreme temperature changes and machining defects such as deflection from machined pieces of material, inadvertently creating minor surface imperfections.

Waviness requirements are not as common as other surface finish components, but they are integral in machining parts used as bearing races and sealed parts.

Roughness

These are minor irregularities in the geometry of the surface. Roughness is the most widely used measurement in the surface finish, and many times the actual term “surface finish” of a given part refers to its roughness.

 

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Key Takeaway of Surface Finish Measuring

In the machining process of any given part, you can measure the dimensional tolerances and surface finish requirements with these three characteristics. Your component may call for a Standard Machining Surface Finish, or it may require some added texture and, therefore, additional machining steps to produce the correct lay, waviness, and roughness. You will need to specify the final desired measurements for manufacturing these parts and ensuring continuity from piece to piece.

This measurable information also determines if the surface finish is correct for the material type used. That is where the use of a Surface Finish Chart comes into play.

Surface Finish Charts: What Are They and How Are They Used?

The instrument used to make quick work of surface finish measurements is a measurement stylus that you can drag across the surface and take readings. If you cannot touch the part, for whatever reason, you can use a 3D metrology method.

Without going into extensive algebraic computations and equations, you can refer to this excellent reference manual for a Surface Finish 3D Metrology Tutorial from the US Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This 162-page PDF is the go-to document for surface finish terminology, processes, and charts.

By obtaining the correct surface finish measurements, you can compare your findings with the Surface Finish Charts to see if your part has the desired surface finish or if you need to take additional manufacturing steps to get your component to within spec.

Think of the surface finish chart as a way of giving the part a letter grade, and then compare it to the information on the chart to see how close to the CLA (Center Line Average) you are for the particular material you are using.

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How To Obtain a Standard Machining Surface Finish and More

Hopefully, you now have an idea about surface finishing and the different degrees of surface finishing, from Standard Machining Surface Finish to Textured Surface Finish and beyond. Learn more about surface finishing technology and address your metal fabrication needs by contacting Elemet Manufacturing. See how your particular component specifications stand up to the latest in surface finishing methodologies.

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Waterjet Cutting

Pure Waterjet Cutting – Where It All Began

Waterjet cutting appears to be one of the newest fascinations in town, but many people don’t realize it has been around for quite some time. When this technology appeared on the scene in the 1850s, it was used to excavate coal. At that time, few people would have believed it would grow to cut through almost any material. 

The last 40 years have seen many improvements in modern waterjet cutting technology, making it more efficient, versatile, and precise. One of the latest improvements is the development of an abrasive waterjet nozzle suitable for commercial use because it can cut through tougher materials compared to pure waterjet cutting.

Elemet Manufacturing excels at waterjet cutting and takes full advantage of all the benefits it has to offer. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between pure and abrasive waterjet cutting methods, and then contact us for all your metal fabrication needs.

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Pure Waterjet Cutting

Pure waterjet cutting is a water-only process that doesn’t require any abrasive particles, hence no need for a mixing chamber. Pure water streams through the cutting head directly after going through the orifice. The result is a thin, focused stream of water producing an extremely fine and precise cut. Since it produces a cleaner cut compared to other cutting methods, pure waterjet is suitable for softer materials.

Suitable Materials for Pure Waterjet Cutting

Since pure waterjet cutting does not contain abrasives, its cutting process does not interfere with the edges of the materials being cut. That quality makes it more suitable for these softer materials:

  • Foam: Since it generates little or no heat, it does not distort foam.
  • Felt: Pure waterjet cutters produce clean cuts in felt, enabling the production of different sizes and shapes.
  • Rubber: Pure waterjet cutting doesn’t interfere with rubber quality and produces clean cuts for various applications.
  • Paper: A contaminant-sensitive material that works best with pure water.
  • Thin plastics: Another heat-sensitive material requiring cutting methods that produce minimal or no heat to protect them from possible damage.

Benefits of Pure Waterjet Cutting

Here are some essential benefits of pure waterjet cutting:

  • Produces minimal or no heat at all, keeping materials intact.
  • Makes high-precision cuts, including creating 3-D shapes.
  • Leaves behind minimal damage.
  • Suitable for light materials.
  • Works on cavities inaccessible by other cutting methods.

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Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

When it comes to abrasive cutting, an abrasive material, often garnet, is introduced to the water stream via a mixing chamber in the cutting head. A special pump pressurizes the mixture up to 94,000 psi, creating a supersonic stream of water capable of cutting through considerably thicker materials than pure waterjet cutting.

Industrial Applications of Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Abrasive waterjet cutting has found many industrial applications because of its ability to cut through hard materials, including stone, ceramics, glass, and steel. Some industries using abrasive waterjet cutting include:

  • Automotive: Cutting composite and non-metal materials such as exterior body panels, gas boxes, and door frames.
  • Aerospace: Cutting novel materials, including carbon fiber composite and plastic glass. It also cuts alloy materials for making external body panels of airplanes and other parts.
  • Military: Used to cut combustible and explosive materials, destroy weaponry, and cut through bullet-proof glass.
  • Manufacturing: For cutting various materials needed to manufacture machines and tools. Such materials include metals, brittle plastics, marble, concrete, ceramics, and other difficult materials.

Benefits of Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

  • Can cut through almost any material; suitable for a wide range of industrial applications
  • Considered a green technology as it does not leave behind hazardous materials
  • Generates little or no heat
  • Makes high-precision cuts
  • Creates 3-D shapes
  • Leaves minimal damage
  • Allows for recycling of scrap metal
  • Works on cavities inaccessible to other cutting methods
  • Drills holes through almost any material, forming intricate shapes

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Which One Is Right for You?

Both processes use the same principle – employing an extremely fine stream of water to cut through materials. They also share many of the same benefits, including low heat generation, being eco-friendly, and running high and accurate cutting speeds. 

Material type is a true differentiator between these two cutting methods. Pure waterjet cutting works well with softer materials. Thicker, harder materials will most likely require the addition of an abrasive.

We have the equipment and experience to handle all of your metal fabrication needs, including waterjet cutting. Contact Elemet Manufacturing to learn which of our industry leading services is right for you.

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Metal Fabrication

Which Metal Fabrication Process Is Right for Your Part?

With total revenues averaging $33 billion per year, it’s safe to say the metal manufacturing industry is massive. So, it’s no wonder there are so many different metal fabrication methods to consider. 

This article will cover a few of them, give a brief overview of the metal fabrication process, and where to best seek these services.

The Bottom Line Upfront

Precision Waterjet Concepts and Aitkin Iron Works have united to create Elemet Manufacturing.

Putting their expertise together has allowed them the opportunity to provide the best, up-to-date services and craftmanship possible.

These include:

  • CNC machining,
  • CNC milling,
  • threading,
  • turning,
  • welding,
  • painting,
  • 5-axis waterjet cutting, and more. 

Elemet Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, creating high-quality, accurate, dependable parts. Highly-skilled manufacturing and fabrication employees do this by exceeding industry quality standards. 

EMI cares about what the customer wants and will strive to work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the products you need. For more info, contact EMI today.

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Types of Metal Fabrication

Determining the right metal fabrication for you hinges on several factors, including the purpose of the product, the geometry of the piece, and the materials used in its crafting. 

Standard metal fabrication projects include:

  • Welding
  • Casting
  • Folding
  • Cutting
  • Forging
  • Punching
  • Machining
  • Extrusion
  • Shearing 
  • Stamping 

The following paragraphs look at a few of these processes so you can get an idea of what is most suitable for your needs.

Welding 

Welding is when you join two or more pieces of metal together through a combination of pressure and heat. This is a popular method of metal fabrication because metal pieces can be of any size or shape. 

There are four main types of welding processes: 

  • MIG welding (Metal Inert Gas): This type of welding is popular in the automotive industry. It can provide a strong weld even for a very thin piece of metal. 
  • SMAW Welding (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is popular because it requires the simplest equipment and is versatile. 
  • TIG Welding (Tungsten Inert Gas) is a popular choice for pipe welding. It’s suitable for thin materials and is popular in the aviation and aerospace industry. 
  • FCAW (Flux Cored Arc Welding) is the best choice when welding contaminated, rusty or dirty metals.

Casting

Casting is the process of molten metal poured into a die or mold and allowed to cool and harden into the desired shape.

This particular metal fabrication method is ideal for mass-produced parts as the molds are reusable for identical results.

The types of casting include:

  • Die Casting forces liquid metal into a die, and pressure keeps it in place until it hardens. 
  • Permanent Mold casting creates stronger castings than die castings by pouring liquid metal into a mold. The downside is that the finished products can prove challenging to remove. 
  • Semi-permanent mold casting makes a good alternative. These molds are more manageable and cost less to remove as they have expendable cores. 
  • Sand Casting is created by pressing a pattern into a fine mixture of sand. This makes a mold into which you pour liquid metal. This method is the most economical casting form, but it is generally slow. 

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Folding

The folding process involves manipulating metal to bend at an angle. The most common method uses a brake press which creates creases in the metal by pinching it. 

The metal is held between a die and punch and forced to crease by the punch pressure. Folding is also achievable by hammering the metal until it bends to the desired angle or using a folding machine.

This machine has a flat surface on which the material is placed, clamping bars to hold it in place, and a front panel that lifts upwards forces the material to bend. This process is usually used when shaping sheet metal. 

Cutting

Cutting is a popular form of metal fabrication for fashioning metal into smaller sections. Traditional methods involved sawing the metal, while modern techniques include waterjet cutting, laser cutting, and power scissors. 

Cutting tools range from manual power tools to CNC equipment (Computer Numerical Control). CNC equipment can control a range of complex machines such as lathes, grinders, and turning mills. All of which can shape, cut, and create different prototypes and parts. 

Die-cutting is another method. Two examples of die-cutting are rotary die-cutting, which uses a cylindrical die to cut material fed through a press, and flatbed die-cutting. This method is used on thicker metals and uses a die on a press to cut shapes by stamping the die down onto the metal. 

Forging 

Forging is one of the most old-fashioned metal fabrication methods used for centuries, so it’s definitely worth mentioning here. 

Forging requires a compressive force to shape the metal. Hot forging, where you heat the metal to 75 percent of its melting temperature, typically comes to mind with this process. However, cold forging is also possible, where the manufacturing process can occur at room temperature.

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Are You Ready To Kickstart Your Metal Fabrication Process?

The above was a brief overview of just a few of the methods used for metal fabrication. 

If your business needs waterjet cutting, CNC machining, or other manufacturing services, EMI offers many options and will find the ones that work best with your requirements. Contact us today for more information about Elemet’s metal fabrication process capabilities.

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Metal Fabrication

5 Types of Metal Fabrication

Did you know the metal fabrication equipment market will reach an impressive $92.84 billion by 2025? This growth is because of a rapidly increasing need for advanced infrastructure and growing industries – an industry in which you may already be a part.

How do you keep up with the demand for high-quality products? How do you stay on top of your competitors? First, you need to work with a manufacturer who is the best at what they do.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the different types of metal fabrication and what Elemet Manufacturing can do for you.

Who Is Elemet Manufacturing?

Elemet Manufacturing exists because of the dual efforts of Precision Waterjet Concepts and Aitkin Iron Works. With the combined expertise of Aitkin’s over 87 years of farming, logging, and mining experience; and Precision Waterjet’s understanding of complex manufacturing work, there is no better company to serve your custom metal fabrication needs.

Machine shops come and go, but fabrication is eternal. Where there is a manufacturing need to fill, there is a metal manufacturing process to suit.

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Breaking Down the Different Types of Metal Fabrication

It is critical to understand the foundations of any manufacturing process before you decide to work with it. As a company with expertise in the matter, however, we are here to advise you.

At its core, the metal fabrication process is all about turning raw materials into new, ready-to-assemble shapes. Custom metal fabrication procedures, for example, are used to create the panels that make up the frame of cars and other vehicles.

While this seems simple, the processes involved are rather complex and varied. Some methods are better suited to specific tasks, while others can accommodate a variety of processes.

Waterjet Cutting

A water jet cutter is a piece of industrial equipment that can cut a wide range of materials using an extremely high-pressure jet of water.

‘Abrasive jet’ refers to the use of a water-abrasive mixture used to cut hard materials like metal, stone, and glass. We use a pure waterjet for softer materials like wood and rubber.

If you’re looking for precision, the 5-axis waterjet cutting machine can tackle even the most complex of tasks. While a waterjet can cut almost any material, the time to cut a piece is longer than other processes.

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Metal Stamping and Bending

Stamping is a cold-forming technique that transforms flat metal blanks into a variety of shapes. This method employs a tool and die that, when struck, changes the shape of the metal through sheer pressure.

Punching, bending, and embossing are all examples of stamping in the sheet metal production business. Metal bending or folding is a sophisticated production procedure that involves manipulating a metal surface to a specific angle.

The goal is predominantly to have the metal fold at a 90-degree angle. However, because of the complexity of the process, folding needs to be done in facilities that have specialized, high-tech equipment. Often, connecting two metal panels at specific angles may be more workable with a welding process.

With metal stamping comes a high level of automation, so it’s great for jobs that require quick and precise output. However, a disadvantage to note is that dies can be challenging to change if the design needs to change at any point in production.

Welding

Welding is one of the most common metal fabrication methods in the industry. It is basically the technique of connecting two separate metal components together. You can connect sheets, panels, bars, and any kind of shape using the welding method, as long as constructed out of metal.

You achieve this process through the application of heat along the edge where the two pieces connect. You can accomplish this with a variety of procedures and tools.

Welding is great because welded joints have a high strength load, and you can weld a variety of different materials. When done well, they provide a complete and rigid joint. However, once forged, that joint is permanent.

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CNC Machining and Milling

The term CNC stands for computerized numerical control. CNC is a production method in which pre-programmed software controls other industrial tools and machinery to achieve the desired shape. From grinders to mills, a CNC method can successfully control a wide range of machinery.

CNC machining can perform three-dimensional cutting operations with just a few simple commands. Our 4-axis CNC machine is particularly good at producing high-quality products because it works on all four planes of a three-dimensional object.

CNC machining is not necessarily the right choice for small product quantities, as it takes some time to design and program. However, in terms of complexity, adaptability, and automation capacity, you can’t beat it.

Casting

Casting is one of the earliest forms of metal manufacturing and dates all the way back to 3,200 B.C.E. It involves pouring molten metal into a mold and leaving it to solidify again in place. Casting is the appropriate choice for a wide range of intricate shape-making needs as it is such a flexible way of fabricating metal.

Metals like steel, iron, gold, copper, silver, and magnesium are the most popular metals used for the casting process.

Casting is not suited to mass production and, compared to other methods, like forging, it has a low fatigue strength. It is, however, one of the cheapest methods of all the manufacturing types.

How Elemet Can Help You 

Understanding the different types of metal fabrication can feel overwhelming, but you don’t need to be an expert to get the job done.

Let our team of highly trained engineers help you with your next job. With your vision and our know-how, we’ll get you set up and ready to go in no time.

Contact Elemet Manufacturing today, and let’s bring your project to life together.

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Welding

How to Get Started in Machining and Welding Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US currently employs more than 1.5 million welders. Opportunities in welding are expected to increase by about 8% from 2014-2024, which means that there will be more career opportunities in machining and welding jobs.

So how do I get to start a career in machining and welding? The first step in getting started with any career is finding out what you’re interested in and then going after it. If you want to get into welding or machining, here are some tips on starting your journey.

Read this guide to understand more about machining and welding and check out the careers available at Elemet Manufacturing.

How to Get Started in Machining and Welding Careers

Find a Mentor

A mentor can help guide you through the process of learning a trade and give you advice as you progress. You may also need to have a mentor if you’re looking for work while still in school.

Learn Basic Skills

The best way to learn a skill is through hands-on experience. This could mean volunteering at an organization that offers training programs or joining a local apprenticeship program.

Take Classes

Some schools offer courses specifically geared toward helping students prepare for careers in certain fields. For example, many colleges offer welding courses.

Others might have general education requirements such as English and math before allowing students to take specific coursework.

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What Are Some Different Career Paths in Machining and Welding?

When it comes to opportunities in welding and machining, there are several different areas where you can focus your efforts. These include:

  • Toolmakers: Help design tools used by other workers to perform their job
  • Machine operators: Operate machines that make products or parts
  • Maintenance technicians: Keep machinery running smoothly
  • Welders: Use heat and pressure to join metals together

Actually, these career paths aren’t all that different. You’ll spend most of your time working on equipment and using various tools in most cases. However, each area has its own set of responsibilities and duties.

What Industries Could You Work In?

You’ll find yourself working in almost any industry imaginable in machining and welding. You may even end up working for an organization with multiple divisions.

Some common industries that employ people with welding techniques include:

Aerospace

Aircraft manufacturers need skilled welders to produce planes, helicopters, and spacecraft. Aircraft manufacturing companies also need machinists to build engines, propellers, and other components.

Automotive

Vehicle manufacturers hire machinists and welders to help build cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. These workers must be careful not to damage parts during assembly. They also must ensure that vehicles meet safety standards before being sold.

Construction

Many construction jobs involve building roads, bridges, homes, offices, and other structures. This means construction workers will need to use power tools and welding equipment to get the job done.

Energy

Oil refineries, coal mines, and nuclear plants all need skilled machinists and welders. In addition, energy companies need engineers to design pipelines, power stations, and other infrastructure projects.

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Types of Certifications

Institutions have been training professionals in machining and welding since the early 1900s. Many organizations offer education for welding and machining to prepare students for careers as machinists and welders.

The following is a list of some of the more common certifications available today:

American Welding Society (AWS)

This organization has four levels of certification: Journeyman, Master Craftsman, Master Welder, and Fellow.

National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

This institute provides five levels of certification: Apprentice, Associate, Baccalaureate, Graduate, and Expert.

If you want to become certified, check with your local trade association or go online to see if it offers certification programs. If so, you should be able to find information about how to apply.

Getting Hired

After earning a certificate in machining and welding, the next step is looking for a job. The following section outlines a few ways to go about doing just that.

Apply Online

Searching for a job on the Internet is one of the best ways to find a position. Companies post their openings online, making it easy for anyone to apply.

Network With Other Professionals

It’s important to network when looking for work. Ask friends, family members, coworkers, and others what positions they know of that require machinists or welders.

Attend Trade Shows

Trade shows are great places to learn about new products and services. Attending these events allows you to talk to industry leaders about what they’re doing now and where they think the market is headed.

Join a Trade Association

Trade associations often hold networking events. Here people from different industries meet to share ideas and discuss business opportunities.

Joining a trade association may give you access to valuable contacts. Those contacts may be able to help advance your career.

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Why Machine and Welding Training Is Important

Machining and welding are two of the most common jobs in America. They are also among the fastest-growing occupations.

The demand for qualified workers will continue to rise as manufacturers seek to improve efficiency and reduce costs. As a result, there is a growing need for trained professionals in these areas.

Onboarding and training skilled workers is costly. Certifications show that you already have a basic set of skills to work with and are job-ready.

Specialized welding certificates can also put you in high demand, offer better job stability, and earn higher pay.

Get Started Today

Elemet Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of metal fabrication equipment and supplies. Our goal is to provide our customers with quality products at competitive prices.

At Elemet, we believe in providing exceptional service and support to our customers. We take pride in our ability to listen to customer needs and respond quickly and efficiently.

Our highly skilled staff is committed to exceeding our customers’ expectations by offering superior technical expertise and outstanding customer service.

Machinists and welders play critical roles in this process. Their skills allow them to create precise parts and assemble complex machinery. By becoming certified, you’ll increase your chances of getting hired and finding a job that will enable you to make products needed in every industry imaginable.

For more information on machining and welding services and careers, contact us today!

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Waterjet Cutting

Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Is Not As Rough As It Sounds

Why Do You Need Waterjet Cutting?

If you are in the manufacturing industry, utilizing the benefits of waterjet cutting is essential to making fine, precise, and quick cuts on nearly any type of material. Along with using pure waterjet cutting for softer items, abrasive waterjet cutting is the preferred method for hard, thick, and tough materials.

However, before you can begin using waterjet cutting to service your manufacturing needs, you need to find a reputable company that can help you safely and accurately get the job done. With Elemet Manufacturing, you can use their B2B manufacturing services for all of your industry needs. 

For those who need waterjet cutting, CNC machining, welding, metal fabrication, and other cutting services, contact Elemet Manufacturing

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Advantages of Waterjet Cutting vs. Other Cutting Operations

If you are debating between using water jet cutting versus other techniques, read on to learn why water jet cutting may be the best option for your projects. One of the other common techniques used when working with soft and hard materials is laser cutting. There are certain characteristics of waterjet cutting that make it the preferred cutting method, though:

  • Smooth edge quality – When using laser cutting, clients will have to create a secondary finish to eliminate the heat-affected zone. Waterjet cutting creates a smooth edge that does not require any extra finishing.
  • ThicknessWaterjet cutting – specifically abrasive waterjet cutting – can cut through materials up to 3” thick, whereas laser cutting can typically only cut materials up to .25” thick.
  • Smaller diameterWaterjet cutting can cut tiny holes, whereas laser cutting cannot cut any material with a smaller diameter than the thickness.
  • Various materialsLaser cutting might be too reflective when working with metals, whereas abrasive waterjet cutting can cut through numerous hard materials without any byproducts or heat reflection.
  • Faster – Abrasive waterjet technology has cutting speeds of 5-10x faster when compared to laser cutting. 

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Pure Waterjet Cutting vs. Abrasive Waterjet Cutting 

When it comes to waterjet cutting, two different types can help provide clean, accurate, and easy cuts: pure waterjet cutting and abrasive waterjet cutting. Before businesses and clients can choose the specific type of waterjet technology to use, they must know the pros and cons of each method. 

Pure Waterjet Cutting 

Pure waterjet cutting uses a different type of cutting head than you would with abrasive waterjet cutting, performing the cuts without the use of a mixing chamber nozzle. The water exits the waterjet cutting head through the open space instead of coming out in a smaller stream via the tapered nozzle.

Although there is no nozzle, pure waterjet cutting can still make a thin stream of water and tiny, exact cuts. Since the stream of water is very fine and less powerful than other options, it is a perfect choice for cutting soft materials.

However, if you are interested in cutting harder items, making bigger cuts, or getting more work done faster, abrasive waterjet cutting using abrasive particles is the better choice. Pure waterjet cutting is helpful for those making tiny cuts in felt, paper, thin plastics, and food products but won’t stand up to the test of cutting through a range of materials.

Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

The second most common waterjet cutting method is abrasive waterjet cutting. Although the name sounds harsh, this type of cutting actually describes the accuracy, strength, and power this type of cutting can provide. 

Using a stream of water as high as 94,000 PSI, the pressurized water exits through an orifice and maintains its strength, containing the power to cut through both hard and thick materials. 

Making abrasive cuts is the preferred technique for those who need to quickly and accurately cut through hard materials like ceramic, metal, copper, stone, or hard plastics. 

Along with being able to cut through hard materials, why should you choose abrasive waterjet cutting vs. pure waterjet cutting? 

  • Easy setup – The waterjet is easy to set up, making it simple and fast for beginners to use when cutting hard materials.
  • Low waste levels – Instead of having excess materials left over after the cutting process, the abrasive waterjet cutting leaves behind little waste, making cleanup fast and easy.
  • No heat generated – Since you are using pressurized water with abrasive waterjet cutting, there is no risk of adding excess heat to the products that can cause product damage.
  • Versatile – When using abrasive waterjet cutting, it is possible to cut through virtually any type of material, whether 10” thick or ¼” thick. 

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Why You Should Choose Elemet Manufacturing for Abrasive Waterjet Cutting 

Compared to other similar manufacturing businesses, Elemet Manufacturing offers a wide range of services to clients so you can complete all of your equipment and manufacturing needs simultaneously. 

Elemet Manufacturing offers the top waterjet cutting services in the industry, providing top-of-the-line equipment that can cut through almost any type of material. With CNC abrasive waterjet cutting machines, you can easily cut through aluminum, metal, plastic, carpet, rubber, and titanium.

Waterjet cutting is the preferred option over other cutting methods, as it creates accurate cuts, does not use unsafe levels of heat, does not produce harmful byproducts, cuts 3D materials, and provides a fast turnaround time for all projects. 

Elemet also offers CNC machining services, helping create prototypes and products for clients concerned about replicating their complex and precise models. Using a 3-axis, 4-axis, or 5-axis CNC machine, you can create a realistic prototype that includes compound angles and precise features.

Another reason to select Elemet over other manufacturing businesses is due to its high-quality welding services. Welding services make it possible to work with a wide range of materials, like titanium and steel.

Using the welding services has numerous benefits over other options, such as high operating speeds, low pricing, and large-project scalability. 

Lastly, Elemet offers metal fabrication and cutting services to clients who need to rely consistently on quality parts. Using custom metal fabrication and laser cutting services is beneficial for companies who need bending, cutting, and assembling of metal parts. 

Not sold yet? Contact Elemet Manufacturing today to see how their skilled team of engineers can help you with your manufacturing project. 

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Waterjet Cutting

The 7 Benefits of Waterjet Cutting

When operating a manufacturing firm, one of the most important parts of the job is making sure you have a reliable system for cutting and producing the parts you need. When it comes to accomplishing this task efficiently and delivering high-quality results, there’s no better solution than 5-axis waterjet cutting.

Waterjet cutting is an up-and-coming manufacturing technique that is truly head and shoulders above other methods for cutting parts precisely and efficiently. Thanks to all the benefits of waterjet cutting, this superior production practice is quickly taking the manufacturing industry by storm as more firms look to take advantage of its enhanced capabilities.

So what exactly are the benefits of waterjet cutting? Why should you consider implementing this technology for your manufacturing firm? We’ve got all the answers for you below. Read on to learn all about waterjet cutting benefits and then contact Elemet Manufacturing for your waterjet cutting needs.

What Is Waterjet Cutting?

A CNC waterjet cutting machine cutting shapes into metal.

A waterjet cutter is a special tool used in industrial manufacturing to cut materials into specific shapes to form various parts and tools. It works by shooting out a thin stream of water at very high pressure, usually combined with some form of substance to increase the stream’s abrasive properties. 

A 5-axis waterjet cutter can make precise cuts from a variety of angles, allowing for more complex procedures than other tools can accomplish. With these incredible capabilities, it’s no wonder this process is transforming the manufacturing industry.

What Makes Waterjet Cutting Unique?

CNC water jet cutting machine modern industrial technology.

Waterjet cutting has many advantages over other, more traditional methods of industrial production. Compared with a CNC drilling machine, which is the most popular alternative, waterjet cutters are far more accurate and precise, especially those with 5-axis capabilities.  

There are also certain environmental benefits to using this method as opposed to a CNC drilling machine or another technique. For instance, waterjet cutters do not produce harmful byproducts and are associated with fewer waste emissions. 

As environmentally conscious initiatives permeate every sector of the working world, it only makes sense that manufacturers in the United States will start to gravitate more and more towards this cutting-edge, eco-friendly technology.

What Can Waterjet Cutting Do For You?

Waterjet pieces on a table after cutting.

It goes without saying that this procedure has tremendous implications for innovating production. Manufacturing firms that take advantage of this technology can produce parts with extremely complex shapes in precise detail.

This technology makes the entire manufacturing process more efficient, allows more rapid advanced part production, and reduces the need for further work on parts after the finished cutting process. All in all, waterjet cutting benefits are incredibly numerous and more than outweigh any potential drawbacks. 

7 Benefits of Waterjet Cutting

A large quarry stone being cut by a waterjet cutting machine. Here are some benefits of waterjet cutting.

So why exactly should you consider using waterjet cutting over any other method of production? What does this practice offer that more traditional manufacturing procedures do not? Well, there are actually quite a few useful advantages to using this production method. Some of the most prominent waterjet cutting benefits are expanded upon below.

1. Accurately and Precisely Cuts Complex Shapes

The main advantage of using this manufacturing technology is that the cuts are significantly more accurate and precise than those made by any other tool used for the same purpose. Thanks to these remarkable capabilities, many manufacturing firms have reached new potentials in production, as they can now produce more complex forms than ever with minimal effort.

2. Requires No Heat Source or Application

Other tools used in this industry for producing parts rely on applying intense heat to make the materials in use more malleable and less resistant to being cut. This tool requires no heat to be used, which is easier from a logistical standpoint. It also allows for a greater degree of control when forming parts with complex shapes.

3. Works on Any Material

Unlike other manufacturing methods, waterjet cutting has no limitations on the kinds of materials used. Many firms find this versatility enormously helpful, as it eliminates the need to use different machines to make parts from different materials. It’s efficient, simple, and easier on your company’s budget. 

4. Reduces Waste

When it comes to environmentally conscious manufacturing practices, switching over to the exclusive use of the waterjet cutter, where applicable, would go a long way in reducing harmful waste. In an industry known to struggle with waste reduction, it is amazing to see these new technologies crop up, offering solutions to these long-standing environmental problems. 

5. Generates No Undesirable Byproducts

Equally helpful in combating the harmful production of emissions and pollutants from the manufacturing industry is the lack of dangerous byproducts produced using this method. These machines use only water and a reusable abrasive substance to cut materials into various shapes. As a result, there’s nothing harmful that can make its way back into the environment and harm plants or animals.

6. Works Fast

The speed at which a 5-axis waterjet cutter can work means the turnaround time for the production of new parts is much lower than average. As a result, manufacturing firms have the potential to increase their output significantly and, in turn, their profits by taking advantage of this ingenious method.

7. Eliminates the Need for Further Operations

Thanks to the expert precision allowed by waterjet cutting, there is no longer a need to add any additional steps to get the parts down to the exact desired shape. These machines can get the job done right on the first try, which moves the whole process along faster and saves on operation costs at the same time. 

See What Waterjet Cutting Can Do For You!

A waterjet cutting machine cutting small, intricate shapes.

After gaining an understanding of the vast scope of the benefits of waterjet cutting, there’s no longer any reason to put off incorporating this fascinating and useful technology into your manufacturing firm’s business lineup. Whenever you’re ready to unlock this plethora of waterjet cutting benefits for your own enterprise, contact the professionals at Elemet Manufacturing who are waiting and willing to assist you.

 

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Metal Fabrication

The Value of One-Stop Metal Fabrication Services

At one point or another, you may have found yourself in need of some expert metal fabrication services. You may be on the lookout for a reputable business to work with professionally, or you may need a prototype produced for personal reasons. No matter your reason, having your project completed by one company rather than moving your project at each stage is the best course of action. 

There are numerous benefits to this one-stop metal fabrication process, all of which we’ll outline below. To learn more about prototyping and metal fabrication, contact the professionals at Elemet Manufacturing today. 

What Do Custom Metal Fabrication and Cutting Services Include?

First, let’s explore what these metal fabrication services entail. As part of the custom metal fabrication process, customers can expect three main steps: laser cutting, metal forming or bending, and surface finishing. Then, if additional services are needed, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, welding, or CNC machining are also offered. 

Laser Cutting Services

Laser cutting is included in one-stop metal fabrication services

Laser cutting is used for metal products and metal materials that aren’t suited to waterjet cutting. Elemet Manufacturing offers several types of this cutting service, depending on what is best for your project. You’ll work with experts to determine if using a CNC flame, Plasma, or CNC machine is best. 

Precision Waterjet Cutting Services 

Precision waterjet cutting making a star pattern in metal.

State-of-the-art water jetting services are a great asset to have when operating a one-stop shop for metal fabrication. Waterjet machines can easily cut through titanium, stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum. By being able to work with this many materials, customers are allowed more design and steel fabrication options. 

CNC Machining and Milling

A CNC lathe is need for one-stop metal fabrication services

If needed, Elemet Manufacturing can also offer further customization. To put it simply, a CNC machine and CNC milling take customization to a whole new level. At Elemet Manufacturing, we are proud to offer both 4-axis and 5-axis machines. These make it possible to produce complex designs that no other machine is capable of doing. These machines can produce 3D shapes, angled features, and curved surfaces, making metal fabrication services truly customizable

Welding Services

W welding MIG welding metal

Welding services are also usually offered for full-service metal fabrication services, and Elemet Manufacturing is no exception. If your project requires welding, you can choose from the following: 

  1. MIG, TIG, and Stick welding
  2. Laser welding
  3. Aluminum welding

In addition to these, Elemet Manufacturing also works with: 

  1. Titanium
  2. Steel
  3. Stainless steel
  4. Galvanized
  5. Copper
  6. Brass
  7. Aluminum

Metal Forming or Bending 

Metal bending at Elemet Mfg

This step is exactly what it sounds like: manipulating metal material into the desired form and shape by using force. This is done with state-of-the-art equipment such as the brake press. 

Surface Finishing 

Lastly, the surfaces of these metal products are “finished” by applying an e-coating or powder coating. 

What are the Benefits of Working With Just One Business? 

Sheet metal ready for metal fabrication services.

When it comes to high-quality metal fabrication services, choosing one reputable company is best for both you and your project. Let’s take a look at the benefits you’ll enjoy by doing so. 

All Work is Done Under One Roof 

For sheet metal fabrication services to be considered full-service, there needs to be both expertise and equipment to meet a wide range of metal fabrication capabilities. These include: 

  • Powder Coating
  • Swaging
  • Tube Bending
  • Punching
  • Machining
  • Welding Services
  • Forming
  • Cutting, which includes: hand sawing, plasma, laser jetting, and water jetting

Faster Production Times 

If you’re operating with a deadline, lead times are very important. A full-service company with custom metal fabrication capabilities won’t need to wait for things like metal parts or design information to be delivered for the process to start. Therefore, lead times are much shorter, and you’ll be able to get the product faster. 

Cost-Effective 

You can’t go wrong with saving money. Custom fabricated metal parts or products can become quite expensive if you take your product to a different vendor for each step. Hiring metal fabrication services that offer the full-service experience are often cheaper than hiring many vendors individually. You also don’t need to worry about any fees associated with transportation from one facility to another. 

Being an Invested Partner 

When just one company provides every step of the manufacturing process, it’s much easier to develop a good working relationship. Working with several vendors can feel overwhelming at times, and jumping from one business to the next doesn’t allow for a solid working relationship to develop. By working with one company through every step of the process, you can be sure that lines of communication are much easier to maintain. With these open lines of communications, professionals you are working with can become more invested in your project. 

End-to-end Manufacturing Production 

High-quality end-to-end manufacturing production is the best way to ensure that quality control and communication are a high priority. Think of this in terms of writing an essay. If a different person writes each paragraph of an essay, it will likely be disjointed and unclear. If one person writes the essay, there can be a clear tone, purpose, and ultimately a better final product. 

If there does happen to be any confusion during the project, it’s easy for one department to consult another to figure things out. If one vendor in New York has a question for another in China, things will undoubtedly take longer to figure out. 

The Ability to Focus on One Prototype or Large Production Runs 

Sometimes, customers will need one custom fabricated prototype. Other times, they will need a large production run to be completed. High-quality, full-service metal fabrication services can do both types of projects. 

One-Stop Metal Fabrication Services Done Right 

CNC maching metal fabrication services

Elemet Manufacturing is dedicated to bringing you precise, high-quality service. A combined force of Precision Waterjet Concepts, founded in 2002, and Aitkin Iron Works, founded in 1935, has integrated these two businesses into one powerhouse company. 

Although they are based in Aitkin, Minnesota, Elemet Manufacturing is able to serve customers nationwide by providing the best one-stop metal fabrication services. By offering welding, painting, 5-axis waterjet cutting, threading, turning, and CNC machining and milling, Elemet Manufacturing provides a truly comprehensive, professional service for anyone looking to complete a project. 

For everything you need when it comes to state-of-the-art, custom fabricated metal fabrication services, hire the experts at Elemet Manufacturing today.

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Welding

Types of Welding: TIG vs. MIG vs. Stick Welding

Do you have a welding project but aren’t sure where to begin?

Does welding terminology confuse you? Are you worried you won’t understand the technicians at the welding shop?

If welding isn’t your area of expertise, it might be hard to find the right company to do the work.

A five percent failure rate is considered high in the industry. Meeting this stringent benchmark requires a professional team. 

At Elemet Manufacturing Inc., we offer a wide variety of types of welding processes. We work with many metals, including Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Galvanized steel, Stainless steel, and Titanium.

Our organized shop setup ensures improved control over the materials and workflow. You will receive the level of quality you expect. 

Contact Elemet Manufacturing Inc. to request an estimate today.

We can help you decide what welding process will best suit your welding needs.

Elemet Manufacturing is part of Elemet Group. We offer CNC machining, waterjet, and other cutting services, welding, and metal cutting and fabricating services. EMI is located in Aitkin, Minnesota.

Understanding the different types of welding is key to making the right choice for your project. 

We can help you understand the key features of each type of welding in this guide.

TIG Welding

A welder TIG welding. TIG welding is one of the types of welding.

The T in TIG stands for tungsten, which is the type of electrode used in this type of welding. It’s used because it can withstand high temperatures. The process involves arc welding with Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). 

A professional welder can control both hands with accuracy. They hold the wire in one hand and the gun in the other, which gives them more precision. That’s important when you are working with thinner metals and smaller projects.

The rod generates the heat, which melts the metal wire that bonds the surfaces together. This process creates a smooth, beautiful weld and is used when the weld is going to be visible.

This type of welding is commonly used for aluminum and stainless steel metals. TIG welding is often used in the automotive industry, especially when the weld will be painted.  

TIG welding uses a constant voltage power supply. It’s used commonly when welding smaller pipes because of its precision.

MIG Welding

A closeup of MIG welding in progres. MIG welding is one of the types of welding

Metal Inert Gas is used in this type of welding. It’s the most common and the easiest to learn how to do. The external gas is used to shield the weld metal from things in the environment.

It allows the welder to operate quickly and reasonably continuously. The process involves a wire that feeds out of the welding gun. A spark comes from the end of the wire.

MIG welding is a more point-and-shoot process. It’s great for thicker metals. MIG also suits larger projects that need long continuous welding runs. It is perfect for projects using sheet metal.

Flux core arc welding is similar to MIG welding. It uses an electrode shielded from the air, making it a good option for outdoor use. The electrode is a hollow wire similar to a straw.  

A good welder can create beautiful smooth welds using a MIG welder. It takes experience and proper conditions. That’s another reason to find a professional shop to do your work. 

Stick Welding

A close up of stick welding.

Stick welding is the process most commonly used for more industrial welds. Stick welding will do the job when working on a bridge, outside storage tank, or pipeline. 

Stick welders are also great for structural steel, repairing farm equipment, and shipbuilding. If you want to weld sheet metal, use a TIG or MIG welder.

It’s great when the metal is not ideal because it can create a good bond in more challenging situations. It’s also the simplest setup of all the welding systems. Stick welding isn’t as neat as other welding methods.  

It uses a constant voltage power supply, similar to TIG welding. 

You can weld steel, stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, and chrome. You can also bond stainless steel to regular steel.

Stick welding is also your best choice for very thick metals of 1/16 inch or more. When the project is outdoors or in a drafty area, this is the welding process that suits your needs.

Stick welding is sometimes referred to as shielded gas metal arc welding. It’s also called manual metal arc welding. It’s good to know the terminology when you talk to professionals.

Decide Which Type of Welding is Right For You

A diagram Stick, Gas, MIG and TIG welding systems.

Understanding which welding process you need to use is the first step. Several factors come into the decision-making process.  

The first thing to consider is the type of metal you are working with. Thickness is one factor to think about, as some welders work better with thinner metals than others.

Is the weld going to be visible? Some welding techniques are better suited to surfaces that will be painted, such as automobiles.

The location of your project can influence which type of welding to consider. If the work can be done indoors in a professional shop, you have more options to choose from.

Finally, your budget might affect your decision.

We can help you consider all factors, so your project will be successful. 

Elemet Provides All Types of Welding

A finished weld

When you need quality welding, you want professionals. 

When you’re investing money in a project, you want to know the work will last. Hire our experienced team, and we will guide you in making the best choices for your welding project.

At Elemet Manufacturing Inc., we are focused on solutions to your manufacturing needs. To ensure your welds are strong and dependable, choose us for your welding project.  

Contact the experts at Elemet Manufacturing Inc.

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Waterjet Cutting

Plasma vs. Waterjet Cutting

If you need to have raw materials cut, you have a few different options for cutting methods. Two of the most popular methods for cutting raw materials are plasma cutting and waterjet cutting. Elemet Manufacturing offers the cutting services you need to accomplish any job.

Elemet Manufacturing is located in Aiken, Minnesota. Formed by combining the forces of Precision Waterjet Concepts and Aitken Iron Works, Elemet Manufacturing can meet all of your cutting and machining needs. 

Elemet offers CNC machining, CNC milling, turning, threading, 5-axis waterjet cutting, welding, painting, and other complementary services.

Elemet Manufacturing offers state-of-the-art waterjet cutting that can handle even the most challenging jobs. Elemet provides two options for waterjet cutting, CNC abrasive waterjet cutting, and pure waterjet non-metal cutting. 

CNC abrasive waterjet cutting is best for metals like stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, and titanium. Pure water non-metal waterjet cutting machines are best for non-metallic materials like plastic, foam, rubber, carpet, glass, marble, and stone.

What makes Elemet unique is its 5-axis waterjet cutting technology. Most waterjet cutters make flat cuts along three axes: X (left to right), Y (up and down), and Z (parallel). Elemet, on the other hand, can achieve precise, intricate 3D cuts by cutting along five axes.

In addition to the X, Y, and Z axes, Elemet waterjet cutting machines can also cut along the A-axis, which rotates around the X-axis, and the B axis, which rotates around the Y-axis.

Elemet’s 5-axis waterjet cutting machine can even cut stainless steel by combining high-velocity water with an abrasive material. 

Elemet’s state-of-the-art machines can cut metal at two to four times the speed of traditional machining. If you’re interested in cutting services from Elemet, complete an estimate form.

Depending on your job, either waterjet or plasma jet may be the best option for you. Read on to learn more about waterjet vs. plasma cutting to choose the best cutting method for you.

Waterjet Cutting

A waterjet cutting machine cutting out small, particular shapes.

With waterjet technology, a machine uses a mixture that usually includes water and some abrasive material. The machine forces this ultra high-pressure water mixture along a designated path, thus cutting the raw material.

To achieve this mixture, the abrasive material (very often garnet) travels through a line into the mixing component of the machine. In the mixing component, the abrasive mixes with water. From there, the machine sprays out the mixture with ultra high pressure, exceeding 50,000 psi. 

This process creates a cutting stream that sprays out of the tip of a ceramic nozzle. The cutting machine moves this nozzle along a path designated by the machine’s software and at an appropriate cutting speed for the material.

Plasma Cutting

A plasma cutting machine

Rather than using water and abrasive materials, plasma cutters rely on gas (often nitrogen, argon, or oxygen) and electricity to achieve precise cuts. Plasma cutting machines force gas through a small opening at extremely high pressures. Once forced through this opening, the gas meets with electricity that travels through the cutting nozzle. 

During this process, the gas is heated to such a high temperature that it becomes plasma. Given its high temperature, the gas can melt raw materials, blowing away excess materials and leaving a precise cut.

Comparing Waterjet to Plasma Cutting

Professionals in the cutting industry consider waterjet cutting to be more precise than plasma cutting—waterjet cutting results in higher cut quality across a variety of materials. 

Most waterjet cutters can cut at a precision of +/- .005 inches (although some are even more precise than this). Unlike some plasma cutters, the cutting speed can be adjusted on waterjet machines, leaving a smoothly finished surface that does not require secondary machining.

Plasma cutters can also create smooth finishes, although their precision of +/- .01-.03 inches is markedly less than waterjet cutters. 

The thicker the material, the less precise and clean the cut will be when you’re dealing with plasma cutting machines. The high-temperature plasma cannot always melt through thick materials without creating unwanted slag along the cut.

Another difference between waterjet and plasma cutting involves materials. Plasma cutters are limited to cutting metals, including steel, stainless, and aluminum. 

Plasma cutters are not recommended for cutting conductive metals because these materials do not cut well on the machine. Experts recommend plasma cutters cut through materials no greater than .5 inches thick.

Waterjet cutters, on the other hand, can cut through virtually any material. Waterjet cutting machines can handle hard materials, like steel, and can cut soft materials, like bread. Because waterjet cutters do not rely on heat to achieve cuts, they can cut through materials of considerably more thickness than what plasma cutters can handle.

Cost

High pressure waterjet aluminium cutting.

The determining factor between waterjet and plasma cutting is often the cost. For thinner, metallic materials, plasma cutting is often the quicker and cheaper option. 

However, when cutting thick and/or non-metallic materials, waterjet cutting is better and less expensive. Furthermore, waterjet cutting can eliminate the need for secondary machining, thus saving further on costs. 

Wrap-Up

A plasma cutter cutting out dragon shapes out of metal.

While there are many options for machine cutting, depending on the material and thickness of your job, the leading two technologies are waterjet cutting and plasma cutting. 

Waterjet cutting achieves precise, finished cuts by combining water with abrasive material and shooting a cutting nozzle at incredibly high velocity. On the other hand, a plasma cutter heats gases to very high temperatures and achieves cuts by melting the raw material.

When it comes to cutting services, Elemet Manufacturing cannot be beaten. Elemet offers state-of-the-art, advanced cutting technologies to meet all of your needs. 

With its innovative, 5-axis waterjet cutting system, Elemet can tackle jobs from dense stainless steel to pliable plastic and rubber. If plasma is more appropriate for your cutting needs, Elemet also offers plasma jet cutting services. 

To get started with Elemet, simply complete an estimate request. Once you complete this request, you should expect to hear from an Elemet Manufacturing representative. The representative will learn more from you about your job to determine the best cutting option for you. 

When you’re looking to achieve precise, finished, high-quality cuts across a variety of materials, turn to Elemet manufacturing.