Birmingham Rubber & Gasket is proud to offer the best in material fabrication. The FLOW® Waterjet is a “Mach 3 Dynamic Waterjet” that can cut virtually any material on Earth. These machines along with our die press and skilled hand fabricators give our customer the advantage when it comes to custom fabrication.

HOW IT WORKS

Cutting material with ultra-high pressure water is an involved process that starts with the same water which comes from our faucet. We soften and purify the water before it even reaches the pump. The FLOW® intensifier shifts back and fourth to intake the water which is again filtered by a 1 micron and a .45 micron filter. As the intensifier shifts it converts 3000 PSI of hydraulic pressure to 60,000 PSI water pressure that moves through high pressure tubing to the cutting head. The cutting head contains a valve that shuts the flow off or allows the water to be forced thru a jewel orifice to the material. Waterjet cutting isn’t actually cutting; it’s technically eroding.

OUR WATERJET PARTS GALLERY

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ADVANTAGES TO WATERJET CUTTING

  • Ultra high accuracy/adherence to tight tolerances
  • Virtually any 2D shape can be fabricated
  • No heat affected zones, no post re-testing of spec material
  • Diversity: can cut any material other than tempered glass
  • Cuts up to 6″ thick materials
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Repeatability due to savable programs/drawings
  • No re-tooling
  • Reduced material waste
  • Reduced taper due to dynamic cutting

CAPABILITIES

  • Rubber (all types)
  • Compressed Gasket Sheet
  • Graphite Gasket Sheet
  • Conveyor Belt
  • Sponge
  • Foam
  • Vegetable Fiber
  • Cork
  • Matting
  • Urethane
  • Teflon
  • UHMW
  • HDPE
  • Acryic
  • Plexiglass
  • Carbon Fiber
  • PVC
  • Delrin
  • Polypropylene
  • Kevlar
  • Steel (all types)
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Tungsten
  • Iron
  • Jade
  • Titanium
  • Stone (all types)
  • Glass (except tempered)
  • Laminate
Products commonly produced on our waterjets include, but are not limited to:
  • Flange Gaskets
  • Rubber Washers
  • Rubber Bushings
  • Skirtboard Pads
  • Tank Cover Gaskets
  • Radar Dome Gaskets
  • Air Compressor Gaskets
  • Flexible Graphite Gaskets
  • Bearing Pads
  • Automotive Gaskets
  • Plastic Washers
  • Plastic Bushings
  • Sight Glasses
  • Wear Pads
  • Stencils
  • Starboard Products G10 and Phenolic Gaskets and Parts
  • Heat Shields
  • Custom Gas Case Liners
  • Plastic Shims
  • Steel Washers
  • Steel Buildings
  • Copper Gaskets
  • Flange Blanks
  • Retaining Rings
  • Ballistic Steel Shields
  • Stone Inlays
  • Metal Shims
  • Laminate

Contact us to learn more about waterjet cutting.