College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:33:54


Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


The QuickCut Waterjet Cutter was created in 2019 as a senior design project. This is the third iteration of the waterjet cutter. The goal of this project was to create an operable CNC waterjet cutter that is able to cut 1/16” tensile specimens consisting of nonferrous metal or plastic. This machine will be utilized in the Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Akron to provide education to interested students on the waterjet cutting process, how it operates, and industrial application of the technology. Waterjet cutting is a subtractive manufacturing process which is recognized for its specialized applications such as cutting dangerous materials or preserving heat treatment. Waterjet cutting utilizes high pressurized water with entrained garnet to cut through materials with precision and accuracy. The QuickCut Waterjet Cutter aims to bring the applications of industrial waterjet cutting operations to the smaller, tabletop scale to cut softer materials with precision. This report goes in depth on what defines an abrasive waterjet cutter, important components and the benefits of the waterjet cutting process. Detailed steps on how the newest rendition of the Quickcut Waterjet Cutter was created are covered. This includes brainstorming, design of components, design of controls, manufacturing process, as well as testing and future work to be completed.

Research Sponsor

Gopal Nadkarni

First Reader

Ajay Mahajan

Second Reader

Siamak Farhad

Honors Faculty Advisor

Scott Sawyer



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