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Abrasive Waterjet Glass Cutting

12 Tips for Cutting Glass with Abrasive Waterjet from OMAX

1. Fixturing It’s important to support the glass work piece from the bottom with something that provides even support, yet is soft enough so the jet doesn’t ricochet back into the glass and frost the bottom surface. Waterjet brick is a great option for this. Make sure the support surface is flat and uniform to avoid cracking the glass. Be sure that the glass work piece and the...

Micro Abrasive Wwaterjet Machining

Micro Abrasive Waterjet Machining with the OMAX MicroMAX

Around the globe, machines and their components are becoming smaller and lighter. The demand for high precision parts from advanced materials with quick turnaround time is growing. OMAX Corporation has answered this demand with the development of the latest generation MicroMAX® abrasive waterjet.

To cut material, an abrasive waterjet accelerates water to a high velocity jetstream...

Abrasive Waterjet Glass Cutting

Machining Glass with Abrasive Waterjet

Thirty years ago, the abrasive waterjet process was primarily reserved for cutting 2D geometries in relatively thin aluminum, and the quality of the cuts were very rough to say the least. Today, in addition to cutting all thicknesses of aluminum and other metals, accuracy has improved to fractions of a millimeter. Additionally, abrasive waterjets are also used to cold cut everything from 1mm...

Machining Composites With Abrasive Waterjet

Cutting composite material is a perfect application for abrasive waterjets. A precision waterjet with a taper compensating head will machine 1/4" thick carbon fiber as fast as 180 inches/minute at 60,000 psi with taper of less than 0.001" per side. And 13/16" thick G10 can be machined as fast as 40 inches/minute at 60,000 psi with the same precision.

While speed and...

Mad Systems. Interfacing Mechanical Interactive, Electronics, and Story Telling Since 1998

Mad Systems in Orange, California is a company that creates unique and creative integrated displays for theme parks, museums, exhibitions, and restaurants.  They specialize in audio/video delivery and controls, interactive displays, lighting, special effects, motion control, and a whole range of crazy stuff.  Mad System's customer base is extremely broad, ranging from National...

Newer Linear-drive Technology Improves Waterjet Accuracy, Reduces Costs

Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision cutting machines more affordable. 

Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives while using the latest in precision linear encoder technology.  Previous articles in this series have explained how...

The Retail Niche

Finding the right market niche is a trusted recipe for prosperity for almost any business.  For Irvington, NJ-based Infinite Sign Industries, a designer and provider of architectural signage, the retail market was just that niche.  With stylish clients like Coach, Burberry, and Giorgio Armani, Infinite Sign Industries has found plenty of success and continues to make its mark in the...

All in a Day: At Hoffman Design Works, It's All Work and All Play

"I love my job." Anyone who can make that statement and truly mean it is a lucky individual. Drew Hoffman is one of those people. He's the founder of Hoffman Design Works, Bloomington, Ind., and it's common for him to profess the profound joy he gets from 9 to 5. It's especially convincing when he describes some of the projects he's accomplished since opening the...

Liquid Potential

ERA Industries Inc of Franklin, Illinois, is a privately held precision machine job shop that has recently discovered the versatility of abrasive waterjet technology.  ERA  traditionally focuses on components for military vehicles and commercial aerospace.  In August 2007, the company purchased its first OMAX machine, a Model  55100 JetMachining Center with 55 inches by 100...

Combined Processes: Speed Production

Over the last forty years, the waterjet has evolved from an experimental wood cutter to a reliable, high-speed machine that cuts materials with speed, power, and precision. Long regarded as a low-tolerance, specialty process for machining large sheet materials, abrasive waterjet now performs in areas previously dominated by traditional cutting technologies. From rapid hole drilling in slow-...

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