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The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

When someone looks at adding an abrasive waterjet to their shop, there are many points to consider, such as the size of the machine and the operating requirements. Ultimately, though, it comes down to one thing: money. Whether saving it or making it or a combination of both, money is the dominant concern. With so many variables surrounding abrasive waterjet systems, it is easier for...

The Rest of the Story: Software's Effect on Cutting Speed

When it comes to evaluating abrasive waterjet performance, cutting speed is typically one of the most important attributes. There's been a lot of discussion in the industry around cutting speed and pump power. But that's not the whole story if you're cutting anything other than a straight line. If you're cutting parts with any kind of complexity, like corners, curves and...

Did you know pure waterjets and abrasive waterjets are not interchangeable?

Waterjet machining has been around for decades. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing machining processes today, mainly due to its high versatility and ease of use. But when it comes to waterjet machining, there are actually two distinct types, pure waterjet and abrasivejet, and understanding the difference is important, if not critical.

Pure waterjet is the original form of the...

Abrasive Waterjet Technology: Fast, Accurate Parts Production Starts Here

Abrasive waterjet machines require minimal fixturing, offer quick setups and make it easy to go from idea to finished part in no time. Attributes that many manufacturers see as a winning combination for prototype development. And, while this is true, it creates the perception for some that these machines are best suited for single-piece or niche applications. But nothing could be further from...

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...

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