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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Art of Waterjet Cutting
The story begins in 2016 when the University of North Carolina-Asheville's engineering department was in dire need of an expanded workshop. It had only about 1,500 square feet stocked with old metalworking equipment, and the program was expanding, accommodating more students interested in the school's mechatronics curriculum. University administrators recognized the challenge, but also saw an opportunity to address another situation.Learn More
From landing gear to controls to space exploration, our high-precision, multi-axis abrasive waterjets are ideal for the aerospace industry.
Holly Yashi and 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.Learn More
View how Thyssenkrupp Aerospace uses their eight OMAX abrasive waterjets to near net cut titanium and aluminum.
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.Learn More
Building Better Fish Processing Machinery
"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."Learn More
When cutting any type of metal coupon, traditional CNC machines impart heat and add oil or coolant as well as leave burrs. Cutting with laser, plasma, EDM, or traditional saws all impart some level of heat that will need to be dealt with in a secondary process in addition to leaving slag or chatter marks. ASTM standards require specimens for testing should be "free of cold work, notches, chatter marks, grooves, gouges, burrs, rough surfaces or edges, overheating or any other condition which can deleteriously affect the properties to be measured."
- Using a waterjet does not impart any heat, meaning no additional processes needed. Cutting material on a waterjet with a slow speed can ensure a smooth finish for your testing specimen.
- Cut true testing coupons, eliminating doubt in the testing process.
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.
- What does it cost to run a waterjet?
A number of factors go into calculating waterjet operational costs, including but not limited to consumable parts, pump horsepower, water supply cost, whether the machine is running one cutting head or two, abrasive cost, the type and thickness of the material being cut and the desired edge quality. Because of all these variables, the specific answer is, it depends on what you're doing with the waterjet. However, a very general operating cost range to run an OMAX waterjet is UDS $25-35 per hour, not including labor cost.
At operating pressures above 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) more maintenance is required and unplanned downtime can increase dramatically. Ultra-high pressures result in higher operating costs due to accelerated metal fatigue in high pressure components used in pumps and plumbing. For this reason, waterjet cutting machines usually operate most economically and reliably in the range of 60,000 PSI (4,137 bar) or less.
Prudent machine shops calculate their service prices based on the price per part. OMAX software is the most accurate in the industry at predicting the cutting time and cost for a specific part. The cost data can be used for internal accounting reports or customized to include labor and other overhead costs to create a customer quote, all within the Intelli-MAX software.
- What are options for used abrasive? Is it hazardous?
What to do with that used abrasive tends to fall into three categories: disposing, recycling, and re-purposing. In most cases, used abrasive from a waterjet can be thrown out with other non-toxic garbage since garnet is a non-reactive, natural substance. However, if the abrasive has been used to erode toxic material and is contaminated with particles of hazardous materials such as lead or beryllium, it can't be simply thrown out with the trash and must be treated as toxic waste. A service that will periodically collect and properly dispose of your used abrasive can be employed to simplify this process
- Is water treatment necessary?
For most locations in the U.S. and Canada, the answer is “no”. Most of the water that comes from a city's water supply in these countries can be used in an abrasive waterjet without any treatment. For those areas that fall into the exception, waterjet owners can save significant time and money by conditioning the water, no matter what brand of waterjet machine they're running. OMAX recommends all waterjet purchasers get a water quality analysis before buying. The water should be tested for "total dissolved solids" (TDS), not just for bacteria. Dissolved minerals in the water can do a lot of damage to the high-pressure equipment. Even if the parts per million of dissolved solids in your water initially tested within the allowable limit (typically at or below 250 ppm), you should periodically retest. Water quality can change when there is unusual weather or your water department switches reservoirs.