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3D Waterjet Cutting Capabilities Bring More Productivity Options to Machine Shop

Abrasive waterjet systems have become increasingly more prevalent in machine shops and fabrication shops and prototyping labs over the last few decades. The cold cutting process used by waterjets has proven to be a popular alternative or complementary method for cutting metals, composites, stone, glass and many other materials. Because there’s no heat-affected zone with waterjet cutting...

3 Common Manufacturing Pain Points

Solutions to 3 Common Manufacturing Pain Points

Modern manufacturers are continually being pushed to increase throughput to remain competitive. A first step in increasing throughput is to identify problems, or “pain points”, in the production process. Once the pain points are identified, the second step is to implement solutions to eliminate them. Following are 3 pain points common to many manufacturers and solutions...

Net Blank and Finished Part

Adding Abrasive Waterjet Increases CNC Milling Profitability

How Adding Abrasive Waterjet Increases CNC Milling Profitability

An ever growing number of fabricators and machine shops are gaining a competitive advantage by incorporating abrasive waterjets to their machining mix. What used to be known in the 80s as a rather obscure, albeit fascinating, cutting method has gone mainstream. In fact, abrasive waterjet machining is one of the fastest...

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5 Ways To Increase Productivity With Your Waterjet

Cut out net blanks on the waterjet before doing final machining on a CNC mill. You can save a lot of machining time by first cutting parts to their rough shape with the waterjet, then doing final machining on a CNC mill. Not only will the actual cutting time be shorter, but you’ll also save time in machine setup and material handling. Setting up a job on a CNC mill can be a complex,...
Reverse Osmosis

Do I Need To Treat The Water For My Waterjet?

For the great majority of waterjet owners in the U.S. and Canada, the answer is “no”. More than 90% of the water than 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...

Edge Quality

5 Options for Waterjet Cut Edge Quality

Cut edge quality refers to how rough the edge of a cut part appears and how square it is. With waterjet, edge qualities typically range from Quality 1 (Q1) to Quality 5 (Q5) with Q5 being the best, most accurate edge quality. Following are descriptions for edge quality options available when cutting with OMAX abrasive waterjet machines.

Edge Quality 1

Q1 is described as a...

Water and Laser Jet Cutting

Waterjet and Laser Cutting: A Perfect Pair

To stay competitive, shorten lead times, and increase the markets they can serve, many laser job shops are adding abrasive waterjets to their machining equipment inventory. To uncover why the relatively new waterjet cutting method is gaining popularity with these traditional machining shops, let’s first take a look at how each technology works.

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A laser cutter works...

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Fixturing for Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Why use fixturing? Fixturing refers to holding work material in place while the waterjet cuts parts from it. For most jobs, it's critical that the material doesn't move during cutting, as any movement will affect the precision of the part and can mar the surface. Compared to other cutting methods, the sideways forces of abrasive waterjet cutting are low and the downward force is...

Part Drawing

How to Make Good Part Drawings for Abrasive Waterjets

One of the great things about computer-controlled waterjet systems is that you can draw a part on your computer, or even import a scan or photo, and quickly turn that image into reality. This also introduces opportunities for mistakes. A nice two foot part you drew could be cut as a mini two inch part because you have the units of measure incorrect. The better your drawing, the better your...

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10 Tips for Abrasive Waterjet Preventive Maintenance

Being proactive with maintenance on your abrasive waterjet will save you time and money by preventing unplanned downtime and extending the working life of your components. Here are 10 of the most important preventive maintenance tips to keep your abrasive waterjet productive.

1. Follow equipment manufacturer recommendations for maintenance

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