Wazer Abrasive being poured inClick image to enlargeby Noelle Stapinsky


What started out as a school project by four undergraduates in the department of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at University of Pennsylvania has morphed into a New York-based startup company offering the first desktop waterjet cutting technology. 

The students had been building racecars and spending an incredible amount of hours cutting sheet metal by hand—a process that’s clearly manually taxing, but also lacking in precision. 

After graduating, two of the students, Nisan Lerea and Matthew Nowicki decided to explore whether or not this desktop solution had legs. They spent a couple of years developing the technology at HAX accelerator, a venture capital program dedicated to accelerating startups. 

The Wazer desktop waterjet is a plug and play cutting system that provides an attractive and affordable solution for fabricators who want to do prototype work or small part fabricating.Click image to enlargeToday, co-founders Lerea and Nowicki have launched Wazer, a desktop machine that will cut a variety of materials, including steel, titanium, aluminum, carbon fibre, glass, marble and tile. 

The Wazer technology combines high pressure water and abrasives to cut through a workpiece with a high level of digital precision. It has a cutting area of 12 by 18 in. and is capable of cutting 12.7 mm (0.5 in.) aluminum and 6.35 mm (0.25 in.) mild steel. 

And it’s truly plug and play. It runs on 110V AC and all you need is a water source and a drain. It takes standard .svg or .dxf files and runs off free
web-based software.

For manufacturers looking to prototype or for small job shops, this new technology not only has an attractive compact footprint, but is also affordable compared to traditional waterjet systems. SMT

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