"Abrasivejet technology is widely known in the metalworking industry, but what's not so widely known is how to apply it to specific production jobs," states Scott McFarlane, President of Cutting Technology, Inc., a job shop located in Auburn, Washington.
An 11-year veteran of EDM systems, McFarlane says he based his new company on abrasivejet technology because "even though EDM can cut to much closer tolerances than abrasive jets, EDM can only handle conductive materials. Abrasivejets will cut almost anything, including non-conductive materials. That opens up a huge market for cutting things like glass, plastic, rubber, ceramics, and composites."
Before buying new equipment, McFarlane found that customers had two major complaints about abrasivejet machining: One was the long delivery times of existing abrasivejet vendors already overloaded with work; the other was the need for better accuracy.