Manufacture your complex and intricate shaped parts at rapid speed with waterjet services from Wiegel Tool Works.
Wiegel Tool Works (WTW) has invested in waterjet cutting technology as an alternative manufacturing method that produces quick and cost-effective parts for many applications without the need for tooling design and production. Waterjet cutting is a cold process that uses 60,000 psi abrasive water pressure to cut through nearly any material at a rapid rate. For prototyping and short run quantities that don’t require extremely tight tolerances, we can waterjet parts for OEM and tier manufacturers in the in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, construction and housing, electronics, electrical equipment, lighting, military, solar and telecommunications industries, among others.
We’ve added speed and versatility to our manufacturing capabilities by utilizing the latest waterjet technology from Flow International Corporation, a world leader in innovative waterjet machinery. Our waterjet machine is 6.5 x 46 ft with a cutting bed size of 6.5 x 13 ft, allowing us to cut parts at short run volumes. Our waterjet’s design and cutting software enables us to manipulate designs on screen and nest parts closely together to provide better usage of material, limiting material waste and reducing the cost of manufacturing your parts. With waterjet, we are capable of cutting the most intricate and complex shapes for 2D part designs. If 3D parts are designed with required bends, we can place parts in secondary processes for forming applications. Our waterjet also features dynamic taper compensation, which controls and confines the water and keeps the jet stream thin and straight, preventing water taper and creating more accuracy and precision in cutting. Unlike traditional progressive metal stamping processes, waterjet requires no need for tooling or complex fixturing, further reducing manufacturing costs. Depending on material thickness and part requirements, our operators can also cut stacked material to cut more parts in one operation and decrease manufacturing time. Secondary operations for waterjet cut parts are assembly, counterboring, countersinking, deburring, forming, heat treating, milling, plating, powder coating, riveting, tapping, and welding. For assembly needs, we can place waterjet cut parts in a secondary semi-automated assembly process to combine multiple stamped parts and join plastic, metal inserts, or hardware components such as fasteners, screw machine parts, bushings, nuts, and studs to waterjet cut parts.
Prior to the waterjet cutting process, our team of highly-skilled, knowledgeable engineers determine feasibility of manufacturing part designs and also offer complete recommendations on the best suited materials and design modifications to pass on manufacturing cost savings to our customers.
Equipment capabilities include:
- Waterjet Pressure: 60,000 psi
- Cutting Bed Length: 13 ft (156 in)
- Cutting Bed Width: 6.5 ft (78 in)
- Part Thickness: .032 in (.813 mm) to 10 in (254 mm)
- Minimal Hole Cut Out Size: 0.1 in (2.54 mm)
- Tolerance: +/- .003 in (+/- .076 mm) *tolerance may vary based on material thickness
Although other cutting methods can adversely impact sensitive materials due to heat zones, waterjet is a cold process, which doesn’t affect the integrity of the part design or the hardness of the raw material and material edges. Since there is no heat involved in this process, there is no distortion of parts or mechanical stresses, ensuring the unique properties of any material are yielding exactly what our customers want for their waterjet parts. We have the capabilities of cutting virtually any material with waterjet including copper, brass, phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum, galvanized steel, titanium, platinum, inconel, hastelloy, plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate, granite, marble, ceramic, glass, and wood.
Wiegel Tool Works is capable of producing a range of products using waterjet cutting technology including:
- Battery Cable Connectors (blanks)
- Bicycle Sprockets
- Billet Parts
- Blade Mount Clamps
- Blade Mount Plates
- Brake Components and Assemblies
- Brake Pedals
- Bus Bars
- Clutch Covers
- Control Arms
- Counter Weight Shafts
- Engine Components
- Equipment Supplies
- Exterior Trim
- Forklift Parts
- Front Panels
- Furniture Parts
- Fuse Boxes
- Fuse Clips
- Heat Sinks
- Lighting Components
- Motor Brackets
- Motor Covers
- Motorcycle Clutch Shift Knob Parts
- Motorcycle Kickstands
- Motorcycle Handlebar Stabilizers
- Motorcycle Spines
- Panel Mounting Brackets
- Printer Cartridge Blades
- Robot Parts
- Seat Belt Buckle (Steel Tongue)
- Sensor Components
- Shim Packs
- Suspension Parts
- Swing Arm Spacers
- Tail Fins
- Tail Mount Plates
- Wind blades
Wiegel Tool Works is known for building partnerships through a “co-engineered” approach to collaboratively address design and manufacturing challenges alongside our customers. Together, with customer engineering and sourcing teams, we are routinely able to co-develop solutions and bring cost saving ideas to complex projects. It is our goal to optimize efficiency on every project by seamlessly bridging the work flow between the customer and Wiegel Tool Works. Decades of experience has proven to us that the most cost-effective manufacturing strategies synergize the best engineering practices at both the customer and at Wiegel Tool Works. We continually strive to be a premier service provider and invaluable resource to each customer by helping to drive efficiencies in all moving parts of a project.
With a committed team, innovative equipment and superior quality control, Wiegel Tool Works can provide a quick turnaround of reliable parts with premier waterjet services.