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WATERJET CUTTING MACHINE: A BOON FOR STONE CUTTING BUSINESS

November, 06

This waterjet machine is at the center of WaterJet Cutting of Maine

The Waterjet machine uses high-pressure water and aggregate mix to cut stones and other materials.

Crawford, the owner of WaterJet Cutting of Maine, is operating his business for two decades.

The waterjet machine uses high-pressure water and aggregate mix to cut almost every material imaginable.

"It will cut anything you can throw at it, except tempered glass," Crawford said.

The computer-aided machine makes precision cuts in steel, aluminum, stone, tiles, rubber, wood and plastic.

"You name the material," Crawford said. "We can cut it to any shape, precise and exact every time."

The technology of cutting materials with water pressure is nothing new, but there is a new twist.

"The connection between the computer age and the waterjet age has merged," Crawford said. "So, now you can cut with intricate details."

WaterJet Cutting of Maine designs and manufactures custom parts. The computer-aided technology combined with a .030-inch cutting tolerance allows Crawford to effectively and economically transfer intricate patterns and shapes into various materials.

"This type of machine is good for production or prototype work," Crawford said. "It can cut 10 times more efficient and accurate than traditional saws, drills or grinding methods. There's no end to what you can do with it. Our clients' imaginations dictate what we can do."

Crawford bought the waterjet machine from OMAX in Washington.

"We had some waterjet parts made for us, so I knew the capability of the machine," said Crawford. "I saw the potential in this area, especially with stone work. This can complement stone cutters, not compete with them. We're here to aid their work."

He said the waterjet allows him to expand the use of inlays. For instance, he can cut the shape of a horse from granite and inlay the horse in a countertop.

"The capability is there," he said. "It's changing architectural designs. It's not just straight lines anymore."

To learn more about WaterJet Cutting in Maine, visit www.waterjetme.com.

 
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