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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...

Pump Rebuild

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

An established and trusted...

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Production Efficiency with Integrated Nozzles

In the world of abrasive waterjet cutting, the nozzle is where all the proverbial magic happens. It's here that the high-pressure water makes its way to a jewel orifice that focuses the water into a thin beam. The water beam then enters the mixing tube where the cutting abrasive is introduced to the stream. The water and abrasive then exit the nozzle, ready to cut. Historically, most...

xdata

Add extra data to your tool path using the XData feature in LAYOUT

The OMAX CAD software, called LAYOUT, includes a feature that lets you input "extra" data for any entity in a drawing or tool path. We call it XData, short for extra data, and it's great for doing things like specifying pause points, adding a note for the machine operator to display on the screen, or customizing the cutting speed for a specific entity. XData can also be used to...

Test Cut Preview

Avoiding buyer’s remorse – Get a test cut!

Choosing the right machine tool to purchase is a big deal. There's technical information to absorb, input from stakeholders to consider, and a budget to stay within. Different companies will have different evaluation criteria based on their specific machining needs. For some companies, fast production times will rank highest in the requirements list. For others, high precision will be at...

2016 Reasons to Attend IMTS

7 reasons to attend IMTS and visit the OMAX booth

The trade show floor has a lot to offer in the way of personal and professional growth. With industry leaders, competitors, new technology, and potential customers all gathered together in one place, you’re bound to walk away with valuable insights, new knowledge, an expanded network of people to assist in business, and practical machining solutions to complex problems.

OMAX Water Recycling System

Ten Reasons to Use a Water Recycling System with Your Abrasive Waterjet

The facility where the machine is installed has no drain.The machine is installed at a location where the drain is not accessible.The facility is in a drought or water-rationing region. The OMAX Water Recycling System can reduce water consumption by up to 95%.The makeup water supply is of poor quality. The Water Recycling System conditions the makeup water to OEM specifications.The incoming water...
Submerged Cutting

Cut Quiet. Cut Clean. Cut Under Water.

There's a common misconception that waterjets are noisy and dirty machines. While it's true that cutting above water can be noisy and throw a lot of abrasive dust into the air, modern abrasive waterjets let you cut under a thin layer of water, reducing the noise level to below that of most machine tools and keeping the abrasive particles in the water, not in the air. A waterjet cutting...

Used Abrasive

What Can You Do With Used Abrasive

With subtractive machining processes, the discussion eventually turns towards what to do with the collected leftover bits. While CNC mills have to worry about material chips and oils, abrasive waterjet users have to deal with spent abrasive. With abrasive feed rates capable of exceeding 2lbs a minute, that spent abrasive can accumulate at a very rapid rate. What to do with that used abrasive...

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