Fun parts

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A collection of neat projects done with waterjets, including wooden electric guitars, waffle irons, and aluminum palm trees. While these may not be typical waterjet projects, they also help provide a sense of how many different types of projects waterjets can do.

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Race car parts

Michael Waltrip Racing uses a 4 ft by 8 ft (1.2 m by 2.4 m) Jet Edge waterjet to make over 250 parts for each of the company's race cars. Not only does the waterjet give them faster turnaround that other machining methods (two weeks faster than previous methods), it gives greater precision, less waste...

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Stone, glass and waterjet art

The David Allen Company (external link) is one of the country's largest contractors for marble, granite, and tile and they use waterjets extensively in creating their masterpieces. Their corporate headquarters in Raleigh, NC, is a showcase for their work, and the vision of its CEO who wanted to inspire employees (and potential clients) with what...

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Palm tree

The following three pictures come courtesy of Carmin Industries. This gigantic metal part is part of the trunk of a palm tree.

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Waffle iron

Here is a project I helped a friend out with. The project is to ultimately make a waffle iron for making custom ice cream cones with native american designs on them. These waffle cones are sold to tourists along the inland waters of Juneau, Alaska at the Chilkat Cone Kitchen.

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Xbox case cutting

A few days ago, some friends of mine from Microsoft stopped by with some junk Xbox circuit boards. So, we stuck them under a waterjet machine, and cut them to bits.

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Wooden electric guitar

Every once in a while someone asks if waterjets can be used for cutting wood. Yes, they can be. In some cases, it's practical because of shape or tolerance issues, or simply because that's the machine that's available and easiest to use. In other cases, it's not really that practical, because there are other machines...

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