Waterjet Fabrication

Waterjet Fabrication


 

WE CAN CUT ANYTHING!

Chesapeake Bay Rubber & Gasket is proud to offer the very best in material fabrication. We run two FLOW® Waterjets side by side: one "Waterjet Pro" pure water table for rubber, plastics, gaskets, and other soft materials, and one "Mach 3 Dynamic Waterjet" that can cut virtually any material on Earth. These machines along with our die press and skilled hand fabricators give our customer the advantage when it comes to fluid sealing and custom fabrication.

Precision Progression


Waterjet Cutting


 

Waterjet cutting is the fastest growing machining process in the world. Acclaimed for speed, accuracy, and cost effectiveness we invite you to experience the benefits of this remarkable system.

The materials we cut include, but are not limited to:

Rubber (all types)   Teflon  

Steel (all types including AR400, AR500

Compressed Gasket Sheet

  UHMW   Aluminum
Graphite Gasket Sheet   HDPE   Copper
Conveyor Belt   Acrylic   Tungsten
Sponge   Plexiglass   Iron
Foam   Carbon Fiber   Jade
Vegetable Fiber   PVC   Titanium
Cork   Delrin   Stone (all types)
Matting   Polypropylene   Glass (except tempered)
Urethane   Kevlar   Laminate

 

Products commonly produced on our waterjets include, but are not limited to:

Flange Gaskets   Plastic Washers   Steel Washers

Rubber Washers

  Plastic Bushings   Steel Busings
Rubber Bushings   Sight Glasses   Copper Gaskets
Skirtboard Pads   Wear Pads   Flange Blanks
Tank Cover Gaskets   Stencils  

Retaining Rings (for Navy Fan Connectors and Other Expansion Joints)

Radar Dome Gaskets

  Starboard Products   Ballistic Steel Sheilds
Air Compressor Gaskets  

G10 and Phenolic Gaskets and Parts

  Firing Range Targets
Flexible Graphite Gaskets   Heat Sheilds   Stone Inlays
Bearing Pads   Custom Gun Case Liners   Metal Shims
Automotive Gaskets   Plastic Shims   Laminate

How it Works


 

Cutting material with ultra-high pressure water is an involved process that starts with the same water which comes from our faucet. We soften and purify the water before it even reaches the pump. The FLOW® intensifier shifts back and fourth to intake the water which is again filtered by a 1 micron and a .45 micron filter. As the intensifier shifts it converts 3000 PSI of hydraulic pressure to 60,000 PSI water pressure that moves through high pressure tubing to the cutting head. The cutting head contains a valve that shuts the flow off or allows the water to be forced thru a jewel orifice to the material. Waterjet cutting isn't actually cutting; it's technically eroding.

 

Advantages to Waterjet Cutting

  • Ultra high accuracy/adherence to tight tolerances
  • Virtually any 2D shape can be fabricated
  • No heat affected zones, no post re-testing of spec material
  • Diversity: can cut any material other than tempered glass
  • Cuts up to 6" thick materials
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Repeatability due to savable programs/drawings
  • No re-tooling
  • Reduced material waste
  • Reduced taper due to dynamic cutting

Dynamic Cutting


 

Waterjet machines have traditionally had one drawback: taper. Ther stream of water is squeezed by the material being cut and final parts often would not measure the same top to bottom. Dynamic Waterjet Cutting solves this. 5-axis kinematics allow the head to tilt based on complex mathmatical models to account for this taper. The result are more accurate parts quicker.

Programming


 

All waterjet cut parts are computer programmed for precise accuracy and repeatability. We utilize three sophisticated drawing programs to design our customer's products to their specific needs, or customers can supply their own drawings. Our designers can also program parts from dimensional data and samples. We are happy to assist in the design of prototypes or items that require some modification to properly perfom. Let us help you duplicate, modify, redesign, and create the parts you need how you need them. 

*Readable file extenstion:

dxf

.dwg    

.evd

.ord

.ai

.igs

.cdl

.hpl

.pth

.eps

Drawing Exchange File

Drawing File

EngView Design File

Flow Order File

Adobe Illustrator

Image System Grayscale

CAD Language File

Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language

4D Path Document

Encapsulation Post-Script File

 

*Some software creates file unreadable by CBR&G software even with these extensions. In these cases PDF drawing with dimensional data will allow CBR&G designers to program the part.

Edge Quality


 

Customers can control the cost to quality ratio with waterjet cutting. The faster the cutting head moves the lower the cost to the customer. This also results in a lowered cut quality, which may not be an issue in many applications. When the cutting head is slowed down the quality of the cut increases, and a higher cost is incurred due to the time required.


 


Edge Quality Comparison
Edge Quality Comparison