Introducing the WAZER – the first desktop water-jet

Water-jet technology has become the standard for many industrial applications including knifemaking. There are plenty of advantages to water-cutting over laser-cutting including a lower power-draw and no risk of burning down your shop. However, the devices remain too cumbersome and expensive for your average small to mid-sized makers to afford. Most farm the work out to dedicated fabrication shops.

Now there is a new option that is relatively affordable ($3999 pre-order, $5999 retail) and is sized for a smaller shop. The WAZER hit KickStarter yesterday, and has already sextupled its $100k goal at the time of this writing.

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There is a separate pump unit, but the WAZER fits on a workbench. (Photo by Engaget)

From Engaget:

Wazer is a project from Nisan Lerea and Matthew Nowicki, two UPenn andBiolite alumni currently working out of the HAX accelerator in Shenzhen, China. They love building things but noticed that cost and size keep a lot of useful equipment out of reach of small businesses and hobbyists. Water jet machines have an advantage over other cutters because they don’t need ventilation and result in a smooth surface finish. But they usually cost more than $10,000, with larger models going for as much as $100,000. And then there’s the size: They’re usually standalone units that can measure 10 feet long. So it’s unlikely that someone working out of their residence is going to buy one, much less even get it through the door. The team at Wazer worked to create something that could be built cheaper and be a lot more portable: At two feet deep and three feet wide, the Wazer cutter fits on a standard workbench or even a desk.

 

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Why make knives when you can make Batarangs (Photo by Engaget)

While it is not something I am in the market for, I can see how this unit has the potential to be every bit as revolutionary as 3D printers are becoming. Cool stuff.

(h/t D.R.)

comments

  1. Sam L. says:

    When your production, sales, and income are enough to buy one, I suspect your p,s, & i would jump.

  2. No more bandsawing liners and bolsters, I could come to like that! Does it use some kind of CAD files?

  3. Could work nicely for folder parts.

  4. Jonathan Limebrook says:

    What sort of resolution is possible? What is the minimum cut radius? I’m trying to get at a measure of the ‘fineness’ possible The batarang is not terribly impressive.

    1. If it can cut out folding knife parts the resolution is decent. I haven’t seen a specific measure though.

      It looks pretty tight in the video. People have made jewelry with it as well.

    2. Alex Furlong says:

      Jonathan, watch the Kickstarter video for an idea about the resolution. A jewelry maker is using the Wazer to cut out the low areas around Lincoln’s head on pennies. It looks like it’s pretty fine control.

      The guys running the kickstarter campaign would probably jump at the opportunity to answer those questions.

  5. pkerot says:

    After costs are recouped, it should become less expensive. Someone may buy one and send it to China to be copied even cheaper

  6. Sam L. says:

    A DESKTOP WATER-JET CUTTER.
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    Posted at 4:03 pm by Glenn Reynolds

    Links to TTAK!

    1. I saw that. Twice in a week. I am pretty stoked.

  7. Tim Wohlford says:

    Oh that it had a “bandsaw” type feature… you know, feed in some round tube and let this thing make a straight, clean cut?

  8. This would be awsome to have in the shop. Clay, you should offer to test one out for them. 🙂 With this and a 3D carver you could start a Mid-tech knife company.

  9. Harold Higman says:

    Please keep me informed. I am interested.

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