We’ve reached a point where a number of industrial CNC technologies are available for the Home Shop and small businesses. What once was strictly limited to big companies engaged in putting Men on the Moon is becoming ubiquitous–exciting times indeed!
And along comes Wazer, which seeks to add Waterjet cutting the arsenal of cool digital fabrication technologies available to mere mortals.
As you can see from the photo, Wazer looks pretty slick and is definitely small enough for a home shop. They’ve launched it on a Kickstarter at some pretty good discounts, while the finished machine is targeted to sell for something like $6000. The savings on Kickstarter are 25% or better, the there are limited numbers of slots available for each level and some of the highest discount levels are already sold out.
As I write this, they’re well past their $100,000 goal, having raised $389,188 so far–pretty good for still having 59 days to go.
What is a Waterjet, anyway?
It’s a cool technology that uses a high pressure very focused stream of water to carry abrasives that cut slots into the material. They can cut with a fairly small kerf and the abrasives are hard enough that they cut just about anything.
A Waterjet uses water (blue) under very high pressure to carry abrasive particles (red) in a focused stream that can cut through just about anything.
The unit itself is very slickly designed:
As is becoming the norm for easy to use machines like this, Wazer includes software that will take a DXF or SVG file and guide you through setting up the cut.
What will Wazer cut?
In theory, a Waterjet will cut just about anything. In practice, Wazer and any other Waterjet has limits. Here’s the Material chart from the Kickstarter campaign:
Wazer cuts a variety of materials, including some very hard materials…
Wazer cuts a large variety of materials, including some very hard materials. There are limitations on the thickness of the material, and things do slow down quite a bit as the material gets tougher and thicker. Still, all things considered, this seems like a potent little machine.
I’m trying to get an interview with the Wazer folks together so I can tell you more about it. The last time I was this excited about a Kickstarter machine it was the Formlabs 3D printer, which has done extremely well for itself ever since.
For more on Wazer, check out my interview with CEO and Cofunder Nisan Lerea.
What do you think–do you need a personal desktop waterjet cutter in your shop?
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Bob is responsible for the development and implementation of the popular G-Wizard CNC Software. Bob is also the founder of CNCCookbook, the largest CNC-related blog on the Internet.