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Waterjet Myths Uncovered – Thick Material

Myth: Waterjets are only good for cutting thin materials. Fact: 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. Read

Waterjet Myths Uncovered - Pressure

Myth: High Pressure Cuts Faster Fact: General statements like this are often misleading and rarely hold true across the board. The fact is that increasing pressure doesn’t lead to faster cutting in most applications. Read

Tips for IntelliETCH

The IntelliETCH feature in IntelliMAX allows your waterjet to etch everything from simple part numbers to elegant artistic designs. However, performing more intricate work requires the machining head to accelerate and decelerate around corners, slowing down the process and increasing the material removal rate. Here are some tips for effectively using Etch for intricate work: Read

Factors of Speed

OMAX waterjets are faster than many cutting machines on the market. Exactly how fast depends on a number of factors. Power, material, thickness and more need to be considered when determining how long a finished piece will take to cut. For example, tool steel will have a different cutting time than titanium. Read

Alternatives to Trade Shows

Trade shows are a great resource for keeping up with industry trends, seeing emerging technology in person and accessing possible solutions for your company’s needs. However, sometimes busy schedules, travel costs or other factors make visiting a trade show impractical. What alternatives and resources are available to collect the same information you would gain from an in-person event? Read

Cutting Stacked Material

When cutting a lot of very thin parts, stacking the material may be beneficial, especially if there is a lot of rapid traversing or workpieces that require time-consuming fixturing. Some of the benefits of stacking are that it cuts down on setup time for very thin materials and can reduce the amount of rapid traversing per part. Read

OMAX Software Supports Many File Types

The OMAX IntelliMAX Premium Software Suite features the broadest file support in abrasive waterjet software. From standard 2D DXF files to advanced 3D shapes, IntelliMAX can import from all major CAD/CAM and artistic drawing programs allowing you to use your existing workflow. Read

Not All Abrasive Is the Same

There are many different kinds of abrasives including garnet, staurolite, olivine, crushed glass and copper slag. There are also different brands, grades and sizes of abrasives. Garnet is the most popular abrasive for abrasive waterjet applications because it balances cutting speed, cost, low silica content and mixing tube wear. Read

A Primer on Waterjet Mixing Tubes

The terms nozzle and mixing tube are often interchanged when people are talking casually about waterjets. A nozzle is the whole assembly where the water is focused through an orifice, abrasive is added to the jet stream in a mixing chamber, and the combined mixture is focused and extruded from the machine. Read

Waterjet Collision Prevention

When water jet cutting waterjet collisions happen, they usually come about because of one or two reasons: 1) A slug freed from the material has been pushed up from below, creating an obstacle on the cutting surface. 2) The material is not perfectly level. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks to help prevent collisions and unnecessary downtime. Read

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