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steel fabricationSteel is one of the most versatile materials around, and one that is part of just about every aspect of modern life. Take a look around you wherever you are at the moment, and you will almost certainly see something either made of steel, or that needed steel to be manufactured. Whether it’s solid steel girders, or a delicately fashioned trim, steel can provide the ideal, fit for purpose, solution. The processing of steel has changed over the years too, as advanced technology has resulted in a range of different options.

One of these processes is water jet cutting, which is an incredibly effective and precise way to cut stainless steel, titanium, aluminium, copper and brass. A controlled stream of pressurised water is a powerful way to cut and blast away sections of material. Water jet cutting has now become the ‘go to’, fast method for many manufacturers and fabricators.

The origins of water jet cutting actually stretch back to the mid 1800’s, when mining companies in the USA used hydraulically pressurised water cannons. It was so efficient for getting rid of dirt and minerals that it wasn’t long before the method was widely adopted by the manufacturing industry. Water jets use 8 to 16 times less water than an ordinary garden hose, just one of its many advantages.

Highly versatile, the process can produce extremely sharp and accurate corners without the need for heat. Unlike water, the heating process risks changing the structural composition of the material. This way of cutting is useful for many types of material including steel, iron, ceramics, glass, paper, foam, wood, rubber, plastic, stone and composites. Diamond and tempered glass are two of the very few materials that cannot be cut using water, which is pretty impressive.

Unicorn Sheet Metal Works, specialise in steel processing methods such as water jet cutting, and provide a highly customer focussed service.

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