Foam Cutting Machines

Cut Polystyrene, Polyethylene, Cross-Link, HDPE, EPS and more with Industry Leading Waterjet Solutions from WARDJet

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Foam Cutting Machines

Foam is an extremely versatile material that is used in nearly every industry imaginable, from automotive to aerospace to agriculture. Waterjets are quickly becoming more and more commonplace as foam manufacturers realize the benefits of these cutting systems.

Cutting foam with water-only waterjets is a relatively new concept for a lot of companies, but WARDJet has been developing systems for water-only applications for years. Our trademark water-only foam cutting waterjet systems have been tested and proven to perform for many unique applications.

While our foam cutting machines are great for cutting foam, they are also ideal for cutting a wide variety of other materials. Because of the narrow kerf of the high-pressure waterjet stream, the intrinsic properties of the materials are not altered in any way during the cutting process.

Main advantages of water-only cutting over dies, knives, and lasers include: Reduced Labor Costs, Automated Loading Options, Environmentally Friendly, Common Line Cutting, Material Stacking and unlimited set-up

More than just cutting without abrasive, WARDJet’s water-only waterjets were specifically designed to process soft materials while reducing waste and increasing productivity by utilizing a unique sloped stainless-steel tank and washdown valves. Find the right water-only solution for your application today.

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5 Advantages of Using a Waterjet to Process Foam Materials



High Speed Motion

Accelerating quickly between cuts, known as rapids, is vital to cutting as many parts as possible. This translates to higher profit margins especially in high volumes.

No Abrasive Needed

The elimination of an abrasive medium reduces operational costs and can dramatically increase contribution margin per part.

5-Axis Capabilities

With a 5-axis cutting head, complex, 3-dimensional shapes such as cones and various polygons can be created out of foam.

Material Stacking

Stacking multiple layers of foam allows them to be cut simultaneously, potentially cutting manufacturing time in half.

No Deformation

Waterjets utilize a non-contact form of cutting that creates minimal downward pressure on the material, so there is no risk of compressing and deforming the material.

Which Waterjet Series?

Cutting with water-only waterjets can reduce labor costs, automate loading, and increase production. Take a look below and see the competitive edge our waterjets can provide to your company. Keep in mind that this is only the starting point and our waterjets can be tailored to your specific needs.

X-Series

  • Up to 750 ipm
  • ± 0.003" Linear Positional Accuracy
  • ± 0.001" Repeatability
  • Ball Screw Driven
  • 5-Axis Compatible
  • Up to (2) Z-Carriages
  • Abrasive or Water-Only
  • Optional - Fixtures, Sensors, Guides
  • Manual or Robot Loading
Accurate, versatile, compact system with shuttle table options. Load from 4 sides.

Z-Series

  • Up to 500 ipm
  • ± 0.003" Linear Positional Accuracy
  • ± 0.001" Repeatability
  • Ball Screw Driven
  • Multiple 5-Axis Compatible
  • Multiple Z-Carriages
  • Abrasive or Water-Only
  • Optional - Fixtures, Sensors, Guides
  • Manual or Robot Loading
Solid workhorse, backbone of WARDJet, many shuttle table options

J-Series

  • Up to 2,500 ipm
  • ± 0.010" Linear Positional Accuracy
  • ± 0.005" Repeatability
  • High Precision Rack and Pinion
  • No 5-Axis
  • Multiple Z-Carriages
  • Water-Only
  • Laser Guides, Cameras, Sensors Available
  • Manual, Robot, & Pinch Feed Loading
Affordable water-only system, vast range of automation options

L-Series

  • Up to 7,000 ipm
  • ± 0.003" Linear Positional Accuracy
  • ± 0.001" Repeatability
  • Linear Motors
  • Multiple 5-Axis
  • Multiple Z-Carriages
  • Water-Only
  • Laser Guides, Cameras, Sensors Available
  • Manual, Robot, & Pinch Feed Loading
Ultimate water-only system, high duty, limitless automation options

Foam Cutting Machines and Water-Only Waterjets


CASE STUDY

Increasing Capacity with a
Foam Cutting Machine

Upping Production with Common Line Cutting and Stacking

For this example, WARDJet’s test cut engineer used a single cutting head outfitted with a 0.007” water-only orifice. A 0.007” orifice produces a stream of water thinner than a credit card, which means precise cutting and minimal wetting of material. This 2mm closed cell EVA foam was cut using WARDJet’s showroom model ZX-2543-5 waterjet which can reach speeds up to 500 inches per minute. The sheets of 2mm foam were sized roughly 12” by 18”, and IGEMS software was used to optimize 43 nested parts per sheet.

The part program was designed to use common line cutting to reduce the overall length of the cut. Sheets were also set up 16 layers thick to illustrate waterjet’s stacking ability. Overall, the program took 13 minutes and 2 seconds to cut all of the parts. Quick math will show that a part was cut every 1.14 seconds!

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