As multiple reports prove, water jet cutting is only growing in use and will play an ever-larger part both in manufacturing but also food production, art, design and many other commercial and creative tasks.
Many learn on the job, as apprentices learning skills or transferring with other related skills.
However, as with all emerging technologies academic routes emerge too, specific courses focussing on water jet cutting rather than it being part of a wider offer.
We found it fascinating to take a recent look at what training is out there and how UK learning institutions are utilising water jet cutting.
At UCL, proud mention is made of their own water jet cutting technology. It is available to inducted workshop users who must complete an Advanced Induction first.
On site, they say “B-made’s water jet is a small scale machine not suitable for large scale production. As such, workshop users are welcome to use it as a prototyping tool.
Over in the United States, there is a water jet cutting university, calling itself “the most comprehensive water jet education in the industry”. Given they are dedicated solely to providing university-style education solely in water jet cutting, this is probably a fair claim to fame.
Many modules are available online so you too can start your learnings by simply heading off this way.
Back home, Loughoboruhg also has water jet cutting capability, though here only qualified staff can use it, it is not for student learning. Students work on projects and then convert them to a 2d vector file in .dxf format, this can then be turned into the cut part.
Here, as with UCL, the waterjet cutting allows for the fast creation of prototypes and the fact that technology is in-house means there are few delays. The pace of learning and iteration is accelerated.
Many other universities are starting to incorporate water jet cutting too, although mainly for prototypes. For the creation of finished products suitable for public useage they turn to specialists such as TMC water jet.
And away from universities, there are also courses for specific aspects such as health and safety when using water jets. The UK’s skills training centre has a list of such placements.
Overall though there perhaps is not as much in the way of water jet cutting education as might be expected.
We predict this will change and water jet cutting will start to become far more common in technology courses and as modules on all manner of training courses preparing students for future careers in design, engineering and more.
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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