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Waterjet cutters are amazing tools that cut any material.

Traditionally, they've been out of reach for the individual or small business because of the high cost and massive size of the machines.

Popular fabrication tools on the market like 3-D printers and laser cutters, can only work with plastics and other soft materials. CNC machines are great for complex shapes but struggle with cutting flat sheets. Unlike them, WAZER can cut through sheets of any material including metal, stone, ceramic, composites, plastic, rubber, and foam. It cuts the materials the world is made of, and is great for professional-grade fabrication.

The original idea began as a senior design project at Penn Engineering, because we needed an easy-to-use tool that could make precision cuts in hard materials. While there, we conducted early research into low-cost waterjet technology.

The response was incredible, and after a few years of developing our engineering skills at more established companies, we decided to focus full time on building out the first desktop waterjet.

We spent most of 2016 in Shenzhen, China developing the business and further iterating on the design and engineering of WAZER as part of HAX, the world's first and largest hardware accelerator.

We’re thrilled to be offering WAZER at a price that’s within reach for the individual hobbyist, maker, and small business. As makers, we are excited to use this tool ourselves, and we are eager to see what you will use it for!

- Nisan and Matt
 
 
  Nisan Lerea   Co-Founder & CEO  Nisan pioneered desktop waterjet technology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before founding WAZER he designed multiple products at BioLite. Nisan likes playing basketball, chess or really any other game. He once built a 30-ft tall trebuchet for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ - the annual pumpkin throwing competition.

Nisan Lerea
Co-Founder & CEO

Nisan pioneered desktop waterjet technology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before founding WAZER he designed multiple products at BioLite. Nisan likes playing basketball, chess or really any other game. He once built a 30-ft tall trebuchet for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ - the annual pumpkin throwing competition.

  Matt Nowicki   Co-Founder & CTO  Matt began his startup career at Biolite, designing the world's first consumer electricity-generating stoves. Then he led the development of a medical hardware device from user needs to production. He has spent the last 10+ years of free time on one of his dozens of growing hobbies that typically involve the outdoors and making.

Matt Nowicki
Co-Founder & CTO

Matt began his startup career at Biolite, designing the world's first consumer electricity-generating stoves. Then he led the development of a medical hardware device from user needs to production. He has spent the last 10+ years of free time on one of his dozens of growing hobbies that typically involve the outdoors and making.

 
 
  Dan Meana   Director of Manufacturing  Dan has a long and storied career of crashing CNC machines including Haas VFs, Omax water jets, router tables, Horizontal Mori's, and the occasional laser cutter. When he is not learning from his mistakes, he can be found hiking, drinking beer and wearing plaid.

Dan Meana
Director of Manufacturing

Dan has a long and storied career of crashing CNC machines including Haas VFs, Omax water jets, router tables, Horizontal Mori's, and the occasional laser cutter. When he is not learning from his mistakes, he can be found hiking, drinking beer and wearing plaid.

  Christian Moore   Product Engineer  Christian was a robotics researcher at the Upenn GRASP lab working on multi robot control and designing robotic hardware. He builds things in metal, wood, concrete, composites, electrics, food, and alcohol, mostly for car stuff, home remodeling, and kitchen electronics. He's also a part-time antiques dealer specializing in art pottery.

Christian Moore
Product Engineer

Christian was a robotics researcher at the Upenn GRASP lab working on multi robot control and designing robotic hardware. He builds things in metal, wood, concrete, composites, electrics, food, and alcohol, mostly for car stuff, home remodeling, and kitchen electronics. He's also a part-time antiques dealer specializing in art pottery.

  Hayley Zhang   Supply Chain Manager  Hayley has been working in supply chain management since 2009. She left the corporate world to help western startups navigate manufacturing in China — with an emphasis on quality and strong personal relationships. Hayley applies her sourcing mentality to her running hobby, which she has found to be the best quality exercise for the cost.

Hayley Zhang
Supply Chain Manager

Hayley has been working in supply chain management since 2009. She left the corporate world to help western startups navigate manufacturing in China — with an emphasis on quality and strong personal relationships. Hayley applies her sourcing mentality to her running hobby, which she has found to be the best quality exercise for the cost.

 
  Keith Ozar   Director of Marketing  Keith is an industry influencer and producer of high-impact creative and groundbreaking customer experiences. Keith is also a Maker who can be found at the NYC makerspace, Fat Cat Fab Lab every Thursday organizing their weekly 3D printing meetup. He looks forward to building awesome brand experiences for WAZER customers.

Keith Ozar
Director of Marketing

Keith is an industry influencer and producer of high-impact creative and groundbreaking customer experiences. Keith is also a Maker who can be found at the NYC makerspace, Fat Cat Fab Lab every Thursday organizing their weekly 3D printing meetup. He looks forward to building awesome brand experiences for WAZER customers.

  Evan Trop   Engineering Intern  Evan is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from UBC in Vancouver who is excited to work at WAZER and learn more about product design. In his free time he loves to be outside enjoying fresh air, is up for any outdoor sport and loves talking about his time in Alaska. Evan will pick up the slack wherever necessary within the Engineering Team.

Evan Trop
Engineering Intern

Evan is a recent mechanical engineering graduate from UBC in Vancouver who is excited to work at WAZER and learn more about product design. In his free time he loves to be outside enjoying fresh air, is up for any outdoor sport and loves talking about his time in Alaska. Evan will pick up the slack wherever necessary within the Engineering Team.

  Sam Gruen   Director of Operations  Sam has been part of the Maker community in NYC for the better part of a decade. After co-opening a fab lab in Brooklyn, he joined MakerBot in 2011 where he spent close to six years in operations. After trying the corporate world for size, he quickly learned that he's most at home spending his days at a startup. Sam is ecstatic to be part of the WAZER team, and every morning, he can be found drinking his coffee, enjoying the calm before the rest of the world gets out of bed.

Sam Gruen
Director of Operations

Sam has been part of the Maker community in NYC for the better part of a decade. After co-opening a fab lab in Brooklyn, he joined MakerBot in 2011 where he spent close to six years in operations. After trying the corporate world for size, he quickly learned that he's most at home spending his days at a startup. Sam is ecstatic to be part of the WAZER team, and every morning, he can be found drinking his coffee, enjoying the calm before the rest of the world gets out of bed.

 
  HAX Accelerator   Partner  The world's first and largest hardware accelarator.  hax.co

HAX Accelerator
Partner

The world's first and largest hardware accelarator. hax.co

  Adam Libert   Advisor  Structures Engineer, SpaceX

Adam Libert
Advisor

Structures Engineer, SpaceX

  Jonathan Cedar   Advisor  CEO, BioLite Inc.

Jonathan Cedar
Advisor

CEO, BioLite Inc.

 
 

We are a team of mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineers.

Collectively we have led the designs of multiple products both at startup and large companies, with hundreds of thousands of units shipped. We have experience managing overseas manufacturers, local suppliers and in-house production. Previous experiences also include working at a local makerspace and operating an industrial waterjet at a custom fabrication shop.

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Past Projects

The WAZER founders and early team all met at Penn Engineering, building custom racecars each year for the FSAE international comptetition. We all like to make things whether it's a giant fan-assisted fire-pit, beer, or a trebuchet.

How We Got Here

WAZER began as undergraduate research in 2012, where Nisan led a team of students developing low-cost waterjet technology. In early 2015, Nisan and Matt quit their jobs to continue developing the waterjet. In January 2016, Dan and Christian came on-board, and we temporarily moved to Shenzhen, China to join Hax Accelerator, the world's first and largest hardware accelerator.

We worked hard developing WAZER

  • We assembled a team of engineers

  • Listened and incorporated various market needs

  • Built 5 generations of prototypes

  • Designed the final prototype with production processes in mind

  • Established relationships with key manufacturing suppliers

  • Tested the performance on a wide variety of materials

Where We're Going

With our $1.3 million crowdfunding campaign behind us, we're preparing for production and working tirelessly to get the units shipped as soon as possible!