WARDJet: Waterjet Cutting of Precision Board HDU

Coastal Enterprises, manufacturer of Precision Board HDU, partnered with WARDJet to create a new sign for their corporate office.  The results are spectacular and were documented in a blog on their website, including settings information for their Z-Series waterjet.  Check out an excerpt and video below and then head to their website to read the full article.

Precision Board High Density Urethane (HDU), also known as Foam Board, is a popular material with many applications. In the video below, our Z-Series waterjet can be seen cutting a sign out of PBLT-34 Precision Board. This sign was then primed, painted, and mounted in the WARDJet boardroom.

Machine Settings

We used a .010” orifice and a .030” nozzle to cut the Precision Board. Additionally, we used 80 mesh GMA abrasive with an abrasive feed rate of ¾ lb/min. The sign was pre-pierced using a low-pressure, circular piercing method in order to reduce the likelihood of damage to the material. Full pressure (60,000 psi) was then used to cut the sign at a maximum speed of just 11ipm in order to maximize edge quality.

Visit precisionboard.com for additional details on this durable material, including inspiration for more waterjet cutting ideas.

You can read the full blog post on the WARDJet website HERE.

WARDJet is an Ohio-based designer and vertically integrated manufacturer of tailored waterjet cutting solutions that are used to cut materials ranging from tinfoil to titanium.  You can call them at 1-844-WARDJET or email them at sales@wardjet.com.

Coastal Enterprises manufactures Precision Board, a versatile, cost-effective and eco-friendly urethane material used extensively in the tooling industry.  It is a closed-cell, rigid, dimensionally-stable substrate that is ideal for use in a number of different tooling applications.

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OMAX Waterjet Cutting Precision Board HDU

Waterjets have been becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to cut any type of material that comes in the shop door, including Precision Board HDU.  You can never predict what the next job is going to require, so having the capability to cut any substrate is a great addition to any shop arsenal.

OMAX Corporation, a manufacturer of premium waterjet cutting machines, recently filmed cutting of Precision Board HDU in order to show just what this amazing technology can do.  Check out the video below and dial the settings info in if you plan on cutting high-density urethane anytime soon.

Waterjet cutting is a high-performance industrial cutting method that offers some unique benefits in comparison with milling, plasma cutting, or hand carving. With advancements in technology, waterjet cutting of Precision Board tools and signs has become a more attractive option.  Because water jet cutting produces no heat-affected zone (HAZ) like other cutting methods, it can safely cut urethanes, metals, and other materials without affecting their structural properties. Waterjet cutters are capable of extreme precision, and can produce intricate designs and complex shapes when used with CAD software and specialized machining heads.  It also eliminates dust in the air from cutting.


In this demonstration, a MAXIEM 1515 is used to cut out the OMAX logo from a sample of PBLT-40 Precision Board HDU.  You can get settings info below.

Settings Info:

  • 40HP Pump
  • .0010 Orifice Nozzle
  • .0021 Diameter Mixing Tube
  • 120 grit Barton Garnet Cutting Media


As you can see, waterjet cutting is definitely a viable option for those looking to cut intricate designs in Precision Board. It produces no burn or char marks like a laser or plasma cutter would, and it can be used with any density or thickness of material.  Head over to our YouTube Channel to view a video playlist of Precision Board HDU being waterjet cut by various industry machines.


Based in Kent, Washington, OMAX Corporation is a global leader in advanced abrasive waterjet systems that cut virtually any material and thickness with unmatched speed and accuracy. Owner of the OMAX, MAXIEM, GlobalMAX, and ProtoMAX brands, the company provides a comprehensive selection of JetMachining Centers that feature intuitive software controls and incorporate the most efficient pump technology available. In developing its machines, the company designs, manufactures, assembles and tests components as a complete system to ensure optimum performance. The company also has the most comprehensive service and support network in the waterjet industry to keep its customers ahead of the manufacturing curve.  You can visit their website or call them at 800-838-0343.


Coastal Enterprises manufactures Precision Board HDU, a versatile, cost-effective and eco-friendly urethane sign material that is particularly effective for making professional-looking indoor and outdoor dimensional signs.  It is a closed-cell rigid substrate that does not rot, warp or crack.  You can request free samplesget a quote or sign up for periodic newsletters packed with helpful information.






MultiCam Waterjet Cutting Precision Board HDU

MultiCam Inc., a global supplier of CNC cutting solutions, tested out their 5000 Series Waterjet on several densities of Precision Board HDU and sent us video and settings information. They cut a variety of shapes into the Precision Board, showing off the 5-axis capabilities of the machine.  Read on to get MultiCam Waterjet settings and watch some really cool videos of our high-density polyurethane being cut by a waterjet machine.

multicam waterjet

MultiCam cut different shapes and sizes out of 2″ thick PBLT-15, PBLT-30, and PBLT-40 and recorded the cut settings using their 5000 Series MultiCam Waterjet. This machine is designed to offer end-users the capability to cut through nearly any type of material at almost any thickness. Since the cutting medium is water, this system is ideal for industries that require a finished non-heat-affected part or piece. Because Precision Board HDU is a closed-cell, rigid, non-porous material, it makes it perfect for waterjet cutting.

Machine: MultiCam 5000 Series Waterjet
PSI: 60,000
IPM: 46.487 (PBLT-15), 33 (PBLT-30), 25 (PBLT-40)
Orifice: .01”
Focusing Tube: .03”
Abrasive: Barton 80 HPX
Abrasive Feed Rate: .75lbs per minute

The basic settings stayed the same for all cuts on all densities. The only thing that changed was the IPM (inches per minute), reflected in the chart above.

“By cutting with a highly-pressurized stream of water from our MultiCam 5000 Series Waterjet, there is virtually no chips or debris which is beneficial for quickly and easily cutting intricate parts in one pass,” says Joshua Santa Cruz, Marketing Specialist for MultiCam.

MultiCam is a global supplier of innovative CNC cutting solutions for industries ranging from sign making to digital finishing, sheet-metal to plate-steel processing, hardwoods to cabinet making, thermoform trimming to plastics fabrication, as well as a wide variety of aerospace and automotive applications. Check out their website or give them a call at (972)-929-4070.

Coastal Enterprises offers free samples of Precision Board HDU. While you’re on our website check out our material selection guide. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don’t miss any new videos like these. You can always give us a call at 800-845-0745. We’d love to hear from you!

Waterjet Benefits For Your Sign Shop

Waterjets have been becoming increasingly more popular in sign shops due to their ability to cut any type of material that comes in the door. 

As any sign shop owner will tell you, you can never predict the next job that is going to come in the door. Having the capability to cut anything is a great addition to any “shop arsenal.”

A previous blog featured an OMAX Waterjet cutting out the Coastal Enterprises logo from a piece of PBLT-30. Today we are going to show another example of how a waterjet can be used for a signage application.

This giant letter “A” was cut out using an OMAX 60120 Waterjet with a 40hp pump. This waterjet has a 0.0016 orifice nozzle, 0.0042 diameter mixing tube, and Barton Garnet as cutting media.

Not only is cutting time reduced with a waterjet, they also work well in a sign shop environment because the taper-control features and accuracy allow them to cut laminated materials with ease. CNC routers, lasers and plasma cutters are also limited in their ability to cut certain thicknesses and types of material (unlike a waterjet).

OMAX Corporation was founded in 1993 by Dr. John Cheung, and Dr. John Olsen and have been manufacturing waterjets ever since. Within the industry, OMAX is the only waterjet provider that designs and produces its own pump, nozzle, cutting table, machine controller and control software. All OMAX and MAXIEM waterjets are made in the USA, and they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in August of this year, see their website for more details on this event.

If you would like more info, please contact Mr. Kimball Smith at OMAX Corporation: (253) 872-2300.

Waterjet Cutting HDU: Precision Board & OMAX

OMAX Corporation, a manufacturer of premium waterjet cutting machines recently filmed cutting of Precision Board Plus HDU in order to show just what this amazing technology can do.

Waterjets offer several advantages over different types of cutting machines such as lasers and plasmas: they can cut any type of material, and are not limited to cutting thickness. Additionally, because no heat is used in the cutting process, no heat-affected zones are created allowing for a cleaner cut without affecting the microstructure or properties of the material.

Precision Board PBLT-30 cut by an OMAX 2626 Waterjet:

Waterjet Cut Precision Board Plus HDU

This video shows the Precision Board Plus PBLT-30 HDU being cut on an OMAX 2626 Waterjet. The beginning shows the piece being pre-drilled with an OMAX Drill Head. Pre-drilling each pierce point ensures against blowouts (and delamination in other materials), and also allows the Waterjet to cut much quicker when cutting a highly detailed piece. Waterjet is using a 40hp pump, 0.007 orifice nozzle and 0.015 diameter mixing tube. Cutting media is 220 grit Barton Garnet.

Thank you to Kimball Smith at OMAX for all his help putting these videos together and be sure to visit OMAX Corporation’s website for more information on their premium waterjet cutting machines. Also, check in next week for another blog that will show a 12″ tall letter “A” being cut out of Precision Board Plus PBLT-15 on an OMAX Waterjet!