AN INDUSTRIAL tool capable of cutting titanium, steel, brass, ceramics and aluminium using water has broadened the capacity of Papua New Guinea’s Hornibrook NGI.

The Waterjet cutter uses a very high pressure jet (165,000 psi) of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance, for cutting, with the company saying it can cut thicker metals to greater precision and is less expensive than laser systems.

Hornibrook managing director Matthew Lewis said the device broadened his company’s steel manufacturing components in PNG.

“Some time ago we established a computerised roll former to make house frames out of steel very fast and accurately,” he said.

“The water jet cutter is our next step in Hornibrooks technical evolution” he said.