Waterjet Cutting Service

The Student Innovation Center Laboratory of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) features a Flow Mach 2 abrasive waterjet capable of cutting a wide variety of materials. ABE’s waterjet is primarily used to cut parts used in ABE undergraduate and graduate coursework and for ABE-led research projects. The waterjet is operated by ABE staff, and is also available for reasonably-sized cutting projects to other Iowa State University (ISU) Engineering departments, ISU non-engineering departments, and various ISU-sanctioned groups.

Part Design Guidelines

  • Parts are cut based on two-dimensional drawings submitted in DXF format
    • AutoCAD, Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, and other CAD software are all capable of exporting parts in a DXF format
  • Ensure that the DXF is submitted in 1:1 scale
  • DXF part file naming should be descriptive and must include your name, part name, material thickness, and quantity. Example: waterjetuser_samplepart_250in_8pcs.dxf
  • Maximum part dimension size is 120.0″ L x 78.0″ W

Allowable Materials:

  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Plexiglass
  • Glass
  • Wood (plywood, OSB, pressboard, solid wood)
  • Rubber
  • Foam
  • Fiberglass
  • Composites

Non-Allowable Materials:

  • Tempered Glass
  • Advanced Ceramics



Contact Information

Email: waterjet@iastate.edu

1209 Sukup Hall
609 Bissell Road
Ames, IA 50011-1098

Requests for Service

Please complete this form and submit to waterjet@iastate.edu for a waterjet cutting project request. A part file(s) must be attached to the request form as DXF file.