Friday, March 2, 2012

Jet Edge Waterjets Logo for NatGeo's DIGGERS

Normally we pride ourselves on building waterjet cutting machines that cut precise parts with nice smooth edges, but when Half Yard Productions asked us to cut a jagged rusty logo for their National Geographic Channel pilot show, DIGGERS, we were all in!

DIGGERS is a show about the zany treasure hunting adventures of Tim Saylor and George Wyant, extreme metal detecting experts and founders of During the opening of each episode, "King George" and "Ringmaster Tim" dig up the beat-up DIGGERS logo that you would never guess was cut with a waterjet.

We cut the ¼” steel DIGGERS logo with a Jet Edge 90KSI X-Stream-powered High Rail Gantry waterjet cutting system. To distress it, we ran a fan-tipped waterjet head over the finished part to rough up the surface, then raised the water level in the tank and let the part soak overnight under water on top of metal slats. We then sprinkled it with sidewalk salt and let it sit for the day on the slats. Within two days, we had a part that looked like it had been in the ground for years waiting for DIGGERS to find it. It was exactly what they were looking for!

DIGGERS piloted two episodes on NATGEOTV on Feb. 28. Both pilot episodes are scheduled to run again on March 3 at 10 p.m. EST and 10:30 p.m. EST. Check local listings for times in your area.

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