Monday, March 28, 2016

Preventing Small Parts from Falling into the Waterjet Tank

Happy National Something on a Stick Day!

Did you know that a simple stick can be a waterjet operator's best friend?

Experienced waterjet operators keep a stash of toothpicks and stir sticks in their tool box.  Sticks, in fact, are probably the least expensive, yet sometimes most valuable tool a waterjet shop could have on hand.  When cutting very small parts, waterjet operators insert sticks into the cut path to prevent the parts from falling into the waterjet tank.  This allows them to cut small parts without having to leave a tab on the part.

Stir sticks are the secret behind cutting intricate parts on massive waterjet cutting machines, like this water jet cut inlay from David Allen Company: