Custom Waterjet Cutting Service

A reliable source for custom waterjet cutting service vendor for the world.

Our Waterjet Cutting Capabilities

Chengli Hardware’s waterjet cutting service supports a wide range of materials, including many types of metal, plastic, acrylic, foam, wood, and carbon fiber. We support prototypes, low-volume, and high-volume batches. 

Features Capabilites
Max part size 3000 x 2000 x 15mm
Dimensional accuracy +/-0.127mm
Min lead time 3 working days
Material thickness 0.1-25mm

What is waterjet cutting?

Waterjet cutting is a versatile method of cutting that uses a high-pressure jet of water mixed with an abrasive substance to cut through a wide range of materials, from metals and ceramics to plastics and composites. This process involves pressurizing water up to 60,000 PSI and forcing it through a small nozzle to create a focused and powerful stream.

At Chengli Hardware, we specialize in waterjet cutting services that are tailored to your unique requirements. Our advanced machines and skilled workers ensure that your parts are cut to the highest precision and quality.

Advantages of Waterjet Cutting

The waterjet cutting process offers a number of advantages over traditional cutting methods.

It is a cold cutting process, which means there is no heat-affected zone or thermal distortion, making it suitable for materials that are sensitive to high temperatures.

Additionally, waterjet cutting produces a smooth, burr-free edge that often requires no additional finishing.

One of the most significant benefits of waterjet cutting is its ability to cut complex shapes and contours with high accuracy, thanks to the use of computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software.

This technology allows for producing intricate and custom parts, often with minimal waste material.

How does waterjet cutting Work?

Waterjet cutting works by using a high-pressure stream of water, typically mixed with abrasive particles, to cut through a wide range of materials. Here are the basic steps:

A high-pressure pump sends water through a small orifice to create a high-velocity stream.

The water stream is then directed through a focusing tube, which narrows the stream and increases its cutting power.

If abrasive particles are added, they are mixed with the water stream and further increase the cutting power.

The focused stream of water (and abrasive particles, if used) is then directed onto the material to be cut, and moves back and forth to create the desired shape.


Waterjet Cutting Materials

Chengli Hardware works with a variety of metal materials, including stainless steel, aluminum, brass,steel and copper to provide customized solutions for your unique application. 

Aluminum Stainless steel Steel Brass Copper Bronze Titanium
5052 301 Steel A36 C23000 C101 Bronze 220 Grade 2
5083 17-4PH S355 C26000 C110 Bronze 510 Grade 5
6061 304 AISI 4130
7075 316 1050
2024 409 1065
430 Tool Steel
420 Galvanized Steel

Waterjet Cutting Finish

We offer a variety of organic coating solutions to meet our customers’ special requirements. If you do not see the material finish combination you are looking for, please fill the quote sheet, and our experts will help you.

The metal stamping parts are typically deburred and cleaned, with a surface finish that is smooth but not polished or textured.It is characterized by visible tool marks, scratches.

Polishing can improve aesthetics and reduce surface roughness using a buffing or abrasive process.The surface rougness could reach to Ra0.8μm ,even Ra0.4μm.

A process where the surface of the metal is roughened or textured by blasting it with abrasive particles or media, such as sand or glass beads.This can help with grip or visual appeal.

Anodizing is a surface finishing process that produces a protective oxide layer on the surface of aluminum parts.

Type II( MIL-A-8625 Type II), provides corrosion resistance and can be done in different colors, such as clear, black, red, and gold.

On the other hand, Type III anodizing, also known as MIL-A-8625 Type III “hardcoat,” is thicker than Type II and creates a wear-resistant layer in addition to corrosion resistance.

Alodine is a chemical process, used to create a protective layer on the surface of the metal stamping parts, improving corrosion resistance and bonding capabilities.

This involves the surface of the metal stamping parts is brushed with an abrasive material, creating a textured or satin-like finish.

 A layer of chromium is electroplated onto the surface of the metal stamping parts, creating a highly reflective and corrosion-resistant finish.

Passivation is a chemical process that removes surface contaminants and creates a passive layer on the surface of the metal part, protecting it from corrosion.

Electrophoresis coating, also named E-coating, is an electrocoating process where the metal is immersed in a bath of paint particles and an electric current is applied to create an even coating. Normally the color is black.

Phosphate Plated is a chemical and electrochemical reaction to form a phosphate chemical conversion film. This process is normally applied to steel materals.

 Carburizing is a heat treatment process that introduces carbon into the surface layer of the metal to improve hardness and wear resistance.

A layer of zinc is electroplated onto the surface of the metal stamping parts, providing corrosion resistance and an attractive finish. We could supply white,blue,yellow,green colors.

Nickel electroplating is commonly used to improve the corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and surface finish of metal parts.

Nickel electroless plating is a chemical process that deposits a layer of nickel onto the surface of the metal part, creating a uniform and corrosion-resistant finish.

Powder coating is electrostatically applied to the metal stamping parts, which are then baked in an oven to create a durable and attractive finish. A wide variety of colors are available to create the desired aesthetic.

Liquid paint is applied to the surface of the metal stamping parts, providing an attractive finish but typically less durability than powder coating.

This involves the application of a layer of tin to the surface of the metal for improved corrosion resistance and solderability

Black oxide is a chemical process that creates a dark, corrosion-resistant finish on the surface of the metal part.

PVD is an industrial manufacturing process, i.e., vacuum coating, that gives products a beautiful metallic texture and excellent performance. It applies for metal and plastic material, a kind of expensive finishing process.Gold Plating provides good corrosion and tarnish resistance with excellent solderability

Gold Plating provides good corrosion and tarnish resistance with excellent solderability. Normally the thickness is 0.00002″ – 0.00005″.

Silk printing, also known as screen printing or serigraphy, is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil.

Waterjet Cutting Tolerances

Description General Tolerance
Hole taper tolerance 10% of material thickness
Distance Dimensions ± 0.003”
Hole diameter ± 0.003”
Maximum sheet size 118x78.7x0.6"
Rotary Cutting tolerance ± 1 degree
Edge Condition Laser cut parts will have a matte, vertical striation on the edges.
Smallest feature 0.002”
Minimum radius 0.002”

Waterjet Cutting design guidelines

Need more support to optimize your project? Contact with our engineers 

The kerf is the width of the laser beam, typically around 0.1-0.5 mm

The minimum distance between features on a part depends on the material thickness and the laser beam width. As a rule of thumb, the distance should be at least equal to the material thickness plus the kerf width.


As a rule of thumb, the detail size should be at least equal to the material thickness

The width should be at least equal to the material thickness plus the kerf width.

The depth should be less than the material thickness to avoid warping or bending of the material.

It is better to have a tolerance of at least +/- 0.1 mm to ensure a proper fit.

The text should be converted to curves or outlines to ensure that the font is preserved during cutting.

Width of at least 0.25 mm to ensure legibility.

Depth should be less than the material thickness to avoid warping or bending of the material.

Typically range from 0.5 mm to 25 mm,

Why Use Chengli's Sheet Metal Fabrication Services?

Thanks to our highly efficient process, we provide quick, accurate prototypes, small bath and mass production.

Competitive Prices

Our sheet metal fabrication services are cost-effective due to our advanced manufacturing processes, efficient production techniques, and experienced engineering team. We are committed to offering competitive pricing without sacrificing quality or delivery times.

Fast and Reliable Delivery

Quality parts for prototypes are delivered within our 5-day standard lead time. Quality parts for mass production are delivered in 12 days, even faster.

Manufacturing Capabilities

Our state-of-the-art facility has a wide range of cutting machines, bending machines, welding machines, and other advanced manufacturing equipment. We have the capability to produce complex parts with tight tolerances, and we offer a variety of secondary operations to complete your parts to your exact specifications.

Quality Assurance

We maintain rigorous quality control standards throughout our entire manufacturing process to ensure that every part we produce meets or exceeds customer requirements. Our quality management system is certified to ISO 9001:2015, and we utilize advanced inspection equipment and techniques to verify the accuracy and consistency of our products.

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Waterjet Cutting FAQ

Below you will find the answers to the most common questions we get about the waterjet cutting process. 

Waterjet cutting is a manufacturing process that uses a high-pressure stream of water to cut through many kinds of materials, including metal, plastic, stone, tile, composites, and more. The water stream is often mixed with abrasive particles, such as garnet, to increase the cutting power.

Waterjet cutting is known for its precision and versatility, as it can cut through materials of different thicknesses and hardnesses with ease. It is also a cold-cutting process, which means there is no area where heat changes the shape of the material.

  • Slow speed: Waterjet cutting is generally slower than other cutting methods, such as laser cutting and plasma cutting. This can increase production time and cost.
  • High initial cost: The equipment and maintenance for waterjet cutting can be expensive, making it a less accessible option for smaller businesses or individuals.
  • Material limitations: While waterjet cutting can cut through a wide variety of materials, it may not be suitable for materials that are highly reflective or conductive, such as certain types of metal.
  • Environmental impact: Waterjet cutting can generate a large amount of wastewater, which may contain abrasive particles and chemicals used in the cutting process. This can be an environmental concern and may require special disposal procedures.
  • Noise and safety concerns: The cutting process can be loud and may require hearing protection. There may also be safety concerns related to the use of high-pressure water and abrasive materials.

Waterjet cutting and laser cutting are both precision cutting methods, but they use different mechanisms to cut materials.

Waterjet cutting uses a high-pressure stream of water mixed with abrasive particles to cut through a wide range of materials, including metal, stone, glass, and ceramics. The waterjet machine directs the stream of water at the material, eroding the surface and creating a cut.

Laser cutting uses a focused laser beam to cut through materials such as metal, plastic, wood, and fabric. The laser beam melts or vaporizes the material, creating a precise cut. Laser cutting is often faster than waterjet cutting, but it is limited in the thickness of materials it can cut.

Overall, waterjet cutting is better suited for thicker or harder materials, while laser cutting is better for thinner or softer materials.

Yes, waterjet cutting can cut wood, including hardwoods and softwoods. However, the thickness and density of the wood can affect the cutting speed and quality. Additionally, some woods may require additional care and preparation before cutting to ensure optimal results.

A wide range of businesses and individuals can use waterjet cutting services, including but not limited to:

  1. Manufacturing companies that need to cut metal, plastic, or other materials for their products.
  2. Aerospace industry for cutting complex shapes and designs in aerospace materials such as titanium, aluminum and composites.
  3. Architecture and interior design for cutting intricate shapes and patterns for flooring, wall tiles, countertops, etc.
  4. Artistic and creative fields for creating intricate designs in a variety of materials such as metal, glass, and stone.
  5. Automotive industry for cutting and shaping various car parts and accessories.
  6. Medical and pharmaceutical companies for cutting surgical tools, medical implants, and other medical devices.
  7. DIY enthusiasts, hobbyists, and small businesses who need to cut materials for their projects.

In general, anyone who needs precise and accurate cutting of materials can benefit from using waterjet cutting services.

The two primary forms of waterjet cutting are pure waterjet cutting and abrasive waterjet cutting. Pure waterjet cutting is used for cutting softer materials such as foam, rubber, and paper. Abrasive waterjet cutting, on the other hand, is used for cutting harder materials such as metal, stone, and ceramics. In abrasive waterjet cutting, abrasive particles such as garnet are mixed with the waterjet to increase its cutting power.

Waterjet Cutting Application

From prototyping to production, Chengli has been a leading manufacturer of precision waterjet cutting parts for a wide range of industries. 

Gallery of Watjet Cutting Parts

                                                          We machine  low-volume and high-volume production orders for customers in multiple industries: aerospace,                                                                         automotive, defense, electronics, hardware startups, industrial automation, machinery, manufacturing, medical devices, oil & gas and robotics.

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