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Generative Design and the Conventional Machine Shop

The term generative design has been popping up in the manufacturing world of late. Its promise is to create many design permutations to let engineers choose an optimum one that meets sometimes conflicting requirements.

The problem is that many of the designs that result from using generative algorithms are complex, even organic looking, with complex curves and webs. This has led to a...

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Tips for Cutting Stone and Ceramic on Your Waterjet

Pierce stone countertops without chipping. Work ceramic with minimum dust. From granite to Dekton, OMAX abrasive waterjets allow for quick, accurate, and safe machining. Fabricating with water and abrasives instead of wasting money on costly specialty saw blades ensures a cutting medium that is never dull and a fully secure process – especially with our tips for cutting stone and ceramic...

Barriers to Industry 4.0 Are Falling Fast

For years, manufacturers of all sizes and across every industrial segment have heard about Industry 4.0. The definition changes depending on the speaker or publication, but the essential idea remains the same. Now that manufacturing has become almost entirely digitized and interconnected as part of what we might call “Industry 3.0,” shops and their suppliers have begun to leverage digital data...

Feel The Force

"Last year, OMAX celebrated its 25th anniversary. The anniversary celebrated a history of customer-focused innovation and new products, such as the ProtoMAX and GlobalMAX, as well as reinvigorating our commitment to maintaining thought leadership in the machine tool market," Mike Ruppenthal, OMAX's General Manager, told ISMR. "Since Dr. John Olsen developed and patented a motion control...

Waterjeting in Waikite Valley With Jemco Manufacturing

Jemco Manufacturing has been producing metal works in Waikite Valley, New Zealand, since 2009. “We started with a development of a product for our own use and, through popular demand, created a business from this initial product,” said Mary Simons, managing director of Jemco Manufacturing. The rural, five-person, customer-focused shop specializes in farming, automotive, and prototyping for...

Why Waterjet Is The Best Method For Cutting Stainless Steel

Almost every machine tool claims they are the best at machining stainless steel. For some applications, the tolerances achieved by most machine tools (and subsequent effects imparted by the machining) is fine. However, when a fabricator or prototype creator is looking to produce a high precision part, have it weld ready, or get it done now, there is really only one method – abrasive waterjets...

Making Waterjet Precision Possible

An abrasive waterjet machine demonstrates its fullest advantages when it cuts complex geometries in a variety of materials. The software package that drives the machine makes the biggest contribution to waterjet utility and overall cost control. Waterjet machines initially used G code, but they exhibit special physics and geometric con-siderations that traditional cutting methods can’t handle...

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