LEARN ABOUT WATERJETS
WHAT INDUSTRIES USE WATERJET CUTTERS?
From jewelry making to aerospace, waterjets are involved in the production of many products you may not expect. Due to the versatility of cutting with abrasive and the ease-of-use of OMAX's software, OMAX brand waterjets are in a wide variety of industries. Below are just a few examples of industries where OMAX abrasive waterjets are thriving.
Our easy-to-use abrasive waterjets add to your shop's capabilities to cut or machine a variety of materials at the speed and precision demanded by a range of industries.
In Azcapotzalco, Mexico, there are few companies with the digital manufacturing capacities of MATERIAM. This job shop has and will take most any type of job coming in through the door. Energy, aerospace, electronics, medical: any company, any creator, any entrepreneur that may require their service. MATERIAM describes themselves as "a team of passionate people whose goal is to improve everyone's life through disruptive products. We build great products to solve your business problems". From prototyping to production, MATERIAM is a one-stop shop.
Artistic Iron, out of Corona, CA, brought an OMAX 60120 into their shop. John Robbins, owner of Artistic Iron, explains how waterjet has added value to his custom metal fabshop.
Whether for training or research, our waterjets serve as learning tools for high school, trade school, college and university engineering and physics labs.
Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC)
The Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC) in Puyallup, Washington has installed a ProtoMAX into their Aerospace Manufacturing and Fabrication program to facilitate accurate material cutting while showcasing design and advanced fabrication techniques. PCSC is a vocational training center teaching high school juniors and seniors during the regular school year and 9th thru 12th grades during a three week introductory summer program in a wide range of hands-on professional experiences.
Terrell Independent School District (ISD)
“The engineering program has three classes: Robotics, Design and Precision Machining, and Computer Science,” said Marcus Edwards, Terrell Independent School District’s (ISD) robotics coach and manufacturing teacher. “Our facility has three rooms that are 60x40 feet. There are 40 machines in these spaces that range from 3D printers to our GlobalMAX 1530.”
Two years ago, Edwards was given the opportunity to build the Robotics/Engineering Program at Terrell ISD in Terrell, TX. Since then he has introduced students to manufacturing procedures, fabricating methods, and prototyping practices.
Abrasive waterjet has major advantages when Cutting carbon fiber. No need to change tooling. No special considerations or restrictions due to heat buildup. No melting. No hazardous fumes requiring costly air handling equipment. Any fiber-reinforced material, including Kevlar reinforced personnel armor, can be quickly and cleanly cut without the drawbacks that come with conventional machining.
The LightSail Project
OMAX abrasive waterjets have the ability to cut virtually anything, and that versatility means never having to turn down a job due to material restrictions. It also means a single waterjet can work across several different industries. For example, the same machine may cut jewelry one day and a part for an experimental space project the next. That is the case with Holly Yashi's OMAX 2652 JetMachining Center.
Utilizing the power of 8 OMAX waterjets, Thyssenkrupp Aerospace near-nets titanium and aluminum in their Washington State facility. Most of their materials are 4 to 6 inches thick with single 200-inch cuts lasting several hours. Hear how the facility brought on their OMAX waterjets, how they keep them working, and how they rely on them to maintain quick turnaround times in the dynamic aerospace market.
FOOD PROCESSING EQUIPMENT
From the orange juice you drink at breakfast to the fish filet you had for dinner, abrasive waterjets were likely used to make the machines that process many of your favorite foods.
Citrus takes a journey from the orchards to your morning glass of orange juice. See how Sunkist's Research and Technical Services division uses a MAXIEM 1530 to stay ahead of specialty equipment orders while exploring new ways to process fruit.
"Initially, the first waterjet was purchased to produce fish processing machinery on a relatively small scale," explained Gunnarsson. "The biggest advantage is the cleanliness of the cutting process. Second is the fact that there are no emissions – air contamination – from the process. All you need is electricity, water, compressed air and abrasives."
METAL SERVICE CENTER
The versatility of OMAX abrasive waterjets allow for cutting a wide variety of materials and thicknesses without any material distortion. Aluminum, steel, titanium: complete any order without tool changes. Modern waterjet systems are optimized to cut materials between ¼ inch up to 3 inches thick. Given enough time and consideration for taper, waterjets can cut as thick as you want.
For over twenty years, Tredinox has been the go-to supplier of stainless steel in Northern Italy. They keep 2500 tons of stainless in stock of varying thicknesses. The company brought in waterjet to handle larger thickness pieces quickly and accurately.
Out of Vincenza, Italy, Idrocut is a waterjet job shop cutting everything from leather to hardened steel. In 2017, the company purchased their first OMAX waterjet, an OMAX 80X-1. Two years later, to keep up with rising demand for waterjet cutting in central Europe, Idrocut added a MAXIEM 2060 to their floor. The company cites OMAX’s precision as the main factor for choosing it over other waterjets.
Every precision CNC machine shop contains multiple types of equipment. They often utilize mills, lathes, multi-axis machine centers, grinders, EDM machines, and precision hones. The goal of any machine shop is to add value to a product through the manufacturing process. Abrasive waterjet machines have a common place within a machine shop because they add value by eliminating non-value-add time and creating geometrics that are both common and/or not possible with traditional CNC machines. In part three of Complementary Machining, we’ll take a look at how waterjet works in unison with other manufacturing and fabrication methods as well as a waterjet’s return on a capital investment.
OMAX abrasive waterjets are the Swiss Army Knives of the machine tool world. Abrasive waterjet can: cut with a small kerf like a saw, cut external geometry for near net production, cut round parts like a lathe, cut square parts like a mill, cut complex parts like a wire EDM, and cut slots like a broach. This advanced versatility allows waterjet to be a large multi-tasker in your machine shop or to complement your other machine tools by balancing capacities
Free training courses are offered each month at the OMAX headquarters facility in Kent, Washington, located in close proximity to Seattle Tacoma airport. The Operator Training program is designed to lead you step-by-step through the process of making parts—from drawing to cutting. It gives you practical, hands-on experience in how to operate and maintain your equipment following best practices that have been tried and true in the lab and in the field. We provide you the information, practice, and resources to assist you in effectively operating and maintaining your equipment long after the training has ended.
As part of your OMAX purchase, you have total access to OMAX’s superior customer support. From software installation to cutting methods, our staff is trained to answer any questions you may have. Since OMAX customer support is on-site at our Kent, WA campus, they are trained on the newest technology and the most advanced machining practices pioneered by our engineers.