Hoosier Waterjet

a division of High Performance Alloys, Inc.

Water Jet Metal Cutting

Our Dynamic WaterJet offers superior edge quality compared to other production cutting methods. Our Dynamic WaterJet eliminates the need for expensive secondary operations that remove HAZ or clean an edge prior to joining.

Water jet cutting steel

For example, plasma and laser leverage vast amounts of heat to melt the material. Unfortunately, this process creates a heat-affected-zone (HAZ), a result that is suboptimal for many applications. HAZ may display different mechanical and chemical properties, depending on the material. For example, heat will lower the strength of strain-hardened materials, such as quarter hard stainless, at the site of cutting. When cutting precipitation-hardenable alloys (e.g., 4340, titanium 6-4 alloy), HAZ may change the strength of the material at the location of cutting, either making it harder or softer depending on prior treatment. Sometimes, the area also becomes sensitized and less resistant to corrosion.

Water jet metal

There is no heat transfer during waterjet cutting, ensuring a smooth final product that requires little to no finish preparation before use.

Applications where waterjet cutting is recommended for metals:

Blank cutting of parts for final machining

Blanks are repeatable from job to job as they are CNC cut. Let our waterjet do the rough machining.

Short run lots of sheet metal parts

One piece to many pieces, we will be glad to cut your material as fast as possible.

Converting plate stock to flat bars with sharp / crisp corners

Dynamic cutting head automatically offsets the cutting angle to compensate for taper. Nice clean and straight edges are the result.

Hardened materials

60000 psi plus air and garnet cuts through just about anything! Cold Worked, aged or tempered, typically it doesn't increase the abrasive resistance.

Intricate shapes in delicate materials

Cutting honeycomb items was a challenge, due to the thin sections.

Custom shims in stainless steel and exotic material

Need a custom metal gasket or shim cut in a hurry? Give us a call!

Cut almost any material, alloy or tool steel

From metals like steel, aluminum, stainless and even tungsten carbide.

Wide range of thicknesses cut

From as thin as 0.018 inch to 4 inches! Thicker material cuts are possible, but take a really long time to cut through.

Cutting table is 6.5 feet x 13 feet

Pieces can be cut from sheets or plates as large as the table. Larger format allows for nesting of parts to achieve the best yields possible.

Cutting tolerances

Close tolerances, of plus or minus 5 thousandths of an inch (+/- 0.005"), are possible over the entire length of the part.

Customizable cutting

We allow input during the quoting phase to ensure that the part is not over specified. By allowing the customer to select multiple tolerances, or edge finishes on the part in various areas.

First Article Parts

By using our First Article cutting option, you can make sure that the part meets all the requirements before production cutting begins.