While the extent and possibilities of water jet cutting are incredibly advanced now, the general process has been around for ages. It began as hydraulic mining, and this process was first used by the Roman Empire. When it first began, it was redirecting water streams to erode sections of ground for development. This idea can be seen naturally in events such as the creation of the Grand Canyon and other mammoth sized natural landforms. Later, as the process of hydraulic mining began to become more technical, it was used to assist in the gold rushes, especially in California. Further processes include underground hydraulic mining and then finally, our more common and current water jet cutting processes.
It was in the 1930’s that hydraulic cutting began to appear in the forms of industrial devices. They could now be used for paper cutting, metering and reeling. From here, the process has continued to expand, now able to add abrasive particles to the mix, the process can cut even more difficult materials such as metals, bricks, marble, stone, ceramics or composite materials. In these updated procedures, high pressure jets shoot water out at the material to be eroded at extremely high speeds. It is an accurate and fast paced method that can save money in the long run because of the easy ability to recycle the materials. This process is already extremely useful on its own, but in adding materials such as garnet and diamond into the jet stream, the jets can cut through even tougher and more difficult to shape materials. Abrasive water jet cutting services can help with countless industries, and as time goes on we will continue to find more and more creative uses to put the process to use with.