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National Science Foundation Investment Helps Meet Global Demand For Micro Abrasive Waterjet Technology

KENT, Wash., July 18, 2017 - OMAX® Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of computer-controlled abrasive waterjet systems, has produced the world’s most precise micromachining abrasive waterjet available with the assistance of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF SBIR program is a highly competitive program...

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5 Tank Tips for Better Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Successful shops understand that a clean and well-maintained workspace is key to maximizing productivity. The workspace extends to the machinery. With abrasive waterjet machines, it extends to the tank. We’ve gathered five best practice tips to keep your abrasive waterjet tank in top condition and your production running at peak efficiency.

1. Rotate the Slats

The slats that support...

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Taper Compensation

The abrasive waterjet cutting tool consists of millions of tiny abrasive particles. All those particles are accelerated in the nozzle and perform the cut one impact at time. Depending on the cutting conditions, geometry of the cut, the material and other parameters, the cutting edge can take on different shapes that are commonly referred to as taper. A V-shaped cutting kerf will produce a part...

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What Is A Cutting Model?

The abrasive waterjet cutting model is, perhaps, the most significant factor in propelling abrasive waterjets into mainstream manufacturing. Advancements in the OMAX cutting model have decreased part production times, increased cutting precision, and made OMAX abrasive waterjets very easy to program. Yet, there’s not much discussion about what a cutting model is, or what it does. This is...

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 support are...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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