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Metal & Wood Products uses Omax waterjet cutting machines designed to deliver high precision parts quickly and efficiently to maximize productivity.
why choose us


Our machines are calibrated monthly and checked daily so part accuracy is usually within ±0.003” (0.08 mm).


Depending on the nature and complexity of your project, our estimators typically return RFQs within 24 hours.


Our machines cut a wide range of material types, thicknesses, and shapes so as long as it fits on our table and under the cutting head, we can cut it.

Rapid Turnaround:

Standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days but some projects can be made ready for pick-up in as little as a day.


We have a wide selection of sheet metals stocked in different sizes and thicknesses to meet your cutting needs.

Exemplary Service:

Our team is courteous, friendly, and will strive to ensure your needs are met.

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Our Waterjets

We have an Omax 120X outfitted with an A-Jet cutting head and it is ideally suited for cutting large part projects that may or may not have components that require bevels. Large or small, bevels or not, our 120X is sufficiently equipped to meet all your waterjet cutting needs.

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Our Waterjets

We also have an Omax 80X outfitted with a Tilt-A-Jet cutting head and it is ideally suited for the full-scale production of parts that require perpendicular edges. Whatever your cutting needs, this capable machine provides superior performance to maximize productivity and profitability.
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Frequently Asked Questions

An abrasive waterjet cutter is a fabrication tool that has been used for decades and is one of the fastest-growing machining processes today. Abrasive waterjet cutters are capable of slicing into metal and almost any other material because the cutter is connected to a high-pressure water pump that delivers a jet of water at high velocity and pressure to the nozzle where it is mixed with an abrasive garnet. This garnet increases the cutting power of the high-speed water and enables it to pierce through the material on which it is aimed. This is the same process as natural water erosion, except accelerated and concentrated.
Abrasive waterjet cutting is essentially an accelerated erosion process. Ultra-high pressure water is fired through a ruby or diamond orifice into a “mixing chamber” which creates a vacuum and draws garnet sand into the water stream. This means a waterjet is an extremely powerful and versatile cutting tool, and it is used globally for a wide range of cutting applications.
  • Easy to use: One can easily cut almost any material using either water only or water and an abrasive substance. The abrasive is added at the nozzle, so it is easy to switch between water only and abrasive waterjet cutting.
  • Flexible and Versatile: Because it is easy to switch between water only and abrasive waterjet cutting, this flexibility greatly enhances the versatility of a waterjet machine, as it can easily switch from cutting ¼” foam gaskets to 5” titanium brackets.
  • No Material Interference: Waterjet cutting has the ability to cut material without interfering with its inherent structure because there is no “heat-affected zone” (HAZ). Because the effects of heat are minimized, this allows metals to be cut without harming or changing intrinsic properties.
  • 5-Axis Cutting: The ability to cut 5-axis enables us to cut angles up to 60 degrees. This feature also allows us to pre-bevel plates for welding, countersink holes, cut mitered connections, and compensate for taper so that the cuts are perfectly square.
  • Accuracy: Omax waterjet cutters attain accuracies and repeatabilities down to 0.001″ (0.025 mm).

Cutting speed for abrasive waterjets is affected by multiple factors, including material type, material thickness, desired edge quality, part geometry, type of abrasive, pump horsepower and more. Compared to other cutting processes, abrasive waterjets cut 5-10 times faster than wire EDM when cutting material less than 1 inch thick, and generally not as fast as plasma and laser cutters. If you'd like to find out how fast our waterjets can cut your parts, email us at waterjetquotes@metalandwoodproducts.com

It's easier to answer what materials can't be cut with a waterjet. An abrasive waterjet can cut virtually anything, but we don't recommend cutting tempered glass with a waterjet because it will probably shatter. And while an abrasive waterjet can cut food, we don't recommend that either because of all the abrasive in our tank. The following is a good idea of the kind of materials that our waterjets can cut:

  • Metals - Aluminum, Brass, Carbon Steel, Copper, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Gold, Silver, etc.
  • Natural Materials - Ceramic, Glass, Granite, Leather, Marble, Wood, etc.
  • Plastic & Rubber - Acrylic, Foam, Linoleum, Plexiglass, Polycarbonate, Rubber, etc.
  • Composite Materials - Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, Kevlar, etc.

The high-level answer is that abrasive waterjets can cut through 12 inches of most materials. Many waterjet users report cutting material even thicker than that. Most abrasive waterjet cutting, however, is done in material that is 3 inches thick or less. Cutting thicker than that usually reduces the tolerance that can be maintained and increases the amount of time to cut a part. Our waterjets can cut materials up to 6 inches thick without removing slats or retooling. For more information on our cutting capabilities, gives us a call at 604 879 2901 ext. 106.

  • Abrasive waterjets can cut virtually any material, including glass and reflective materials, and a wide range of material thicknesses.
  • Abrasive waterjet machining is a cold cutting process and creates no heat-affected zones (HAZ), therefore it doesn't change the material properties or leave heat-hardened edges.
  • Set-up for cutting jobs on abrasive waterjets is quick and easy.
  • Multiples of the same part can be cut at one time from different types of material simply by stacking the various sheets of material on the waterjet.
  • No harmful vapors are emitted with abrasive waterjet cutting.
  • A waterjet’s cutting tool never gets dull.

Waterjet vs. Laser - Laser generally can only cut material that is up to 1½ inches thick. Waterjet can cut most materials at 12 inches thick, sometimes even thicker. Reflective materials such as aluminum, bronze and copper are difficult and sometimes even impossible to cut with laser. Waterjet has no difficulty cutting materials with reflective properties. Laser cutting leaves a heat-hardened edge that is problematic when doing secondary operations. When rough cutting parts with a laser and then finishing them on a CNC mill, that heat-hardened edge has to be removed which wastes material and slows down the finishing process. With waterjet cutting, there's no heat-affected zone (HAZ), maximizing material usage and making secondary operations like tapping and beveling much easier than if cut with a heat process.

Waterjet vs. Plasma - While plasma cutting is typically faster than waterjet cutting, the cut edge quality of waterjet is far superior. Plasma cutting leaves a rough edge that usually requires some clean-up. Waterjet can do a much more precise cut than plasma, often eliminating the need for any edge clean-up. Since plasma cutting works by melting the material, it's not a good option for materials that don't melt easily, such as granite, or for materials that are destroyed by melting, such as laminates. Waterjet is a cold cutting process with no heat-affected zone (HAZ), and does not change the material properties.

Waterjet vs. Wire EDM - Waterjet cutting is 5-10 times faster than wire EDM cutting. Abrasive waterjets can cut virtually any material, but wire EDM is limited to conductive materials. Both processes cut with high precision.

Cut edge qualities range from Q1 to Q5. Q1 is the fastest cut and is used primarily for material separation. Depending on edge finish requirements, slower cutting speeds of Q2 through to Q5 are selected. Parts requiring close tolerance geometry will of course require smoother edge finishes in that area of the part. (Note: Some other terms also used in the industry to indicate cut speed or edge quality include 100%, 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20% or Fastest, Medium Fast, Normal, Better, and Best.)

Q1 Q5

Depending on what the cut pieces will be used for, your cuts may require different edge qualities. The Edge Quality directly affects the cost of the job, because it requires more or less time depending on the edge quality chosen. You could ask two different companies for quotes to cut the same piece, out of the same material, and get two vastly different quotes because of the edge qualities. When getting quotes on waterjet cutting, always ask what edge quality you were quoted at. Requesting a small sample part, like the one shown below, will help determine your requirements and also be an example of what you can expect on your parts.

Customer Name
Company Name (if applicable)
Customer Contact Info (i.e., email and/or phone number)
A clean DXF or DWG file (i.e., no title block, no duplicate entities, and properly scaled). Alternatively, a brief description of simple parts will work (e.g., O.D. & I.D. for washers, O.D. for discs, or LxW for rectangles). A PDF showing part dimensions would also be helpful (if available)
Material required (e.g., ½” A36/44W Mild Steel or 1/8” Aluminum 5052 – scratch free)
Quantity of parts required
Edge quality required (from worst to best – Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4, or Q5)
Level of accuracy required (e.g., all parts must have a tolerance of ±0.003”)
Post-processing requirements (e.g., deburring)
Any other special requirements (e.g., labeled parts, package parts separately, or part protection required)

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    OMAX 120X Jetmachining Center

    Our 120X has many noteworthy traits, but customers get most excited to learn about its table specifications and cutting head features. The table size is 21’ 8” x 11’ 5” (L x W) which means it can fit sheets as large as 20’ x 10’ with no issues. Furthermore, the table accuracy and repeatability is ±0.0010” which means parts will have the same level of precision. The 120X is also equipped with Omax’s A-Jet cutting head which does more than just automatically compensate for taper. Featuring 60° of movement with ±0.09° positioning accuracy, the A-Jet’s true 5-axis cutting makes countersinks, weld-ready edges, and more easy to achieve. Even complex 3D parts such as propellers become possible with this technology. To learn more about our 120X and its capabilities, contact our Waterjet Department at 604-879-2901 (ext. 106).

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    OMAX 80X Jetmachining Center

    Our 80X has several notable attributes, but customers get most excited to learn about its table specifications and cutting head features. The table size is 13’ 4” x 6’ 8” (L x W) which means it can fit sheets as large as 12’ x 6’ with no issues. Moreover, the table accuracy and repeatability is ±0.0010” which means parts will have the same level of precision. The 80X is also equipped with Omax’s Tilt-A-Jet cutting head which automatically compensates for taper and allows for precise control of the angle up to ±9°. With such a small range, the Tilt-A-Jet has the unique ability to change angles quickly, ultimately enabling faster cutting speeds. To learn more about our 80X and its capabilities, contact our Waterjet Department at 604-879-2901 (ext. 106).

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