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Five Waterjet Cutting Projects From Our Past

The TMC waterjet cutting blog is now more than a decade old, that is a lot of writing about the leading cutting technology.

Don’t worry, we won’t be testing you on every post.

However, we thought it would be interesting to look back at a few of our early posts and remind ourselves of some great projects from years past.

  1. Reproduction of 1867 Locomotive, Nipper – 2012

Having professionally used water jet cutting to produce carbon fibre parts, a group of Airbus engineers used this modern technology to reproduce parts for an historic, working 1867 locomotive.

The group of railway enthusiasts and engineers embarked on a project to reproduce a working model of Nipper, a narrow gauge locomotive in use in the late 19th century.

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2. Flying Cars? The Parajet Sky Runner – 2013

Planes, spaceships and jet packs all feature in the minds of young boys across the planet as they dream of creative but alternate methods of transport. You could imagine the delight on the faces of the old boys at TMC when Parajet, makers of flying cars asked us to water jet cut mild steel disk brakes for their Parajet Sky Runner Prototype 02.

The steel disks are reasonably standard but alterations were needed. Tear drops and circles were water cut into the 9.5mm disk to improve aesthetics, improve efficiency but more importantly save weight on the all terrain flying buggy.

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3. Bridging the Centuries – 2013

The last bridge to be built over one of Oxford’s city centre streets was the iconic Bridge of Sighs completed in 1914. The new bridge over Brewer Street, being built over a surviving section of Oxford’s medieval city wall links old and new, stone and steel, merging traditional and contemporary design. In association with Anthony Walters Architectural Metalwork, TMC water jet cutting manufactured stainless steel beveled handrail supports using a new XD water jet cutting machine.

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4. Anya Gallacio’s ‘Ghost Tree’ at the Whitworth Art Gallery – and how water jet cutting made it possible – 2017

Our journey into the art world began when we were contacted by the White Wall Company, specialist installers and fabricators of artwork, to turn Anya Gallacio’s vision into reality.

Anya’s work, informally known as the ‘Ghost Tree’ was a metal tree sculpture, a piece commissioned by the gallery to replace a tree that had died outside the museum, leaving an unsatisfactory gap. The work was a departure for us, but also for Anya, an artist famous for more transient works, including coating a gallery’s walls in chocolate.

Once Anya had settled on making a steel sculpture, water jet cutting emerged as the only feasible option for producing the instalment.

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5. A Water Jet Cutting Project For The Victoria And Albert Museum – 2017

In creating a new entrance on Exhibition Road, the V&A required a beautiful area which would be as suitable for large scale sculptures as it was for cafe goers in need of sit down.

At TMC Water Jet, we were proud to be chosen to work on the project, we like to think our reputation as the UK’s leading water jet cutter played a part; as would our track record in creating other pieces of work for museums – notably Anya Gallacio’s Ghost Tree at Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery.

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Work with the UK’s leading Water Jet Cutters

At TMC, we are a water jet cutter that serves the whole of the UK and increasingly Europe too, with clients across the content trusting us to work on their projects.

Despite our success, we remain a company that focuses on every client and work on projects of all sizes. If you think water jet cutting might be of use for your project, please do get in touch for an obligation-free chat.

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