Precision and Versatility: Waterjet Cutting of Stainless Steel in Industrial Applications

Created at : Dec 28, 2023

Waterjet cutting is a process that uses a high-pressure stream of water mixed with abrasive materials to cut through various materials, including metals like stainless steel. Waterjet cutting is a versatile and precise method that is commonly used in industrial applications.

Here's how waterjet cutting of stainless steel typically works:

Generation of High-Pressure Water: A waterjet cutting system consists of a high-pressure pump that generates a stream of pressurized water. In some cases, abrasives like garnet or aluminum oxide may be added to the water to enhance cutting efficiency, especially for harder materials like stainless steel.

Nozzle Assembly: The pressurized water is then directed through a cutting head equipped with a small nozzle. This nozzle is designed to focus the water into a high-velocity stream.

Cutting Process: The high-velocity waterjet is precisely aimed at the stainless steel sheet or workpiece. The force of the water, combined with the abrasives (if used), erodes the material and creates a cutting action. The process is computer-controlled, allowing for precise and intricate cuts according to the programmed design.


  • Precision: Waterjet cutting is known for its high precision, allowing for intricate and detailed cuts in stainless steel.
  • No Heat-Affected Zone (HAZ): Unlike some other cutting methods, waterjet cutting generates minimal heat during the process. This is advantageous for materials like stainless steel, which can be sensitive to heat and may undergo changes in properties if heated excessively.
  • Versatility: Waterjet cutting can be used for a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, composites, and more.

Applications: Waterjet cutting is used in various industries, such as aerospace, automotive, architectural, and manufacturing, where precise cutting of materials is required.

In summary, waterjet cutting is a highly effective method for cutting stainless steel due to its precision, minimal heat generation, and versatility in handling various materials. It provides a clean and efficient cutting solution for a wide range of industrial applications. Contact Red River Precision today to learn more about our capabilities.