Complex designs realized: Creative Edge Master Shop’s waterjet artistry

Creative Edge Master Shop showcased the use of waterjets for creating what is known as as "fine art floors" and other residential and commercial decorative elements.

Waterjet technology made its first appearance in the 1980s. Today it is used in the fabrication of everything from aerospace components to auto glass, and even frozen pizza. As a cutting tool for tile, stone, glass and metal tiles, computer-controlled waterjet technology breaks down the barriers to integrating detailed and complex patterns into hard-surface designs. It makes use of a single blade, twice the thickness of a human hair, to cut intricate designs in solid rock, ceramic, glass and any metal with accuracy.

Waterjets are used to make a large or small jigsaw puzzle out of various materials. To do this, the jet blasts an abrasive mixture of water and finely ground garnet dust at nearly 3,000 miles per hour through a minute aperture in a ruby gem stone. A computer-controlled machine precisely moves this stream across the target material. Waterjet cutting enables execution of complex designs for floors, murals and backsplashes that would not be possible using traditional cutting tools.


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Creative Edge has an in-house design team - the Aalto Design team - that is headed by Finnish-born, European-trained Harri Aalto.