Waterjet History

Waterjet Timeline


A Wisconsin paper company developed a machine that used a diagonally moving low-pressure waterjet to cut a horizontally moving sheet of continuous paper. 

An engineer in Luxembourg developed a method for cutting soft plastic shapes using a thin stream, high-pressure waterjet was founded.

It would be an aviation engineer who would make the first significant breakthrough in waterjet technology in.  He developed a system that used a 100,000 psi pump to deliver a super high pressure liquid jet able to cut steel.

Other individuals would make other refinements, most of which involved the nozzle head, to this waterjet.  Newer machines were able to cut through a variety of materials including stone, glass and wood and do so with increasing precision.

The next major breakthrough in waterjet technology came in the early 1980s when an Egyptian-born American engineer named Mohamed Hashish developed a commercially viable abrasive waterjet nozzle for cutting.

Most of the waterjet mining growth after this involved combining a drill with the waterjet. In Professor Norman Franz of Michigan worked with McCartney Manufacturing Company to install the industrial waterjet cutter. It was Flow Industries who added sand to a pressurized cleaning system to give metal a white finish. After this it was demonstrated that abrasive waterjet systems could cut through metal and ceramics. From here the waterjet cutting industry took off.

waterjet technology, using very fine pressurised jets of water, was being use to precision-cut everything from paper to food products. Although the early waterjet machines were expensive and high maintenance, they were still more effective in cost and application terms than traditional methods for cutting soft materials. Soon sand was being added to a pressurised cleaning system to give metal a white finish, and this quickly led to abrasive waterjet systems being used to cut through metal and ceramics.

The Future Of Waterjet 

Today waterjet cutting is used by the space, aviation, and other industries to cut high-strength materials such as stainless steel and titanium alongside composites including carbon fibre. The technology is constantly developing and innovations such as computer-based control systems, precision X-Y cutting tables, and sapphire and diamond orifices have led to waterjet cutting systems specifically designed to meet the market need ,the combination of reliable pumps, reliable nozzles and easy-to-operate accurate control systems makes waterjet cutting suitable for any manufacturer or job shop for cutting almost any material quickly and accurately--making waterjets the fastest growing manufacturing technology in the world.