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Growing demand in the aerospace and automotive markets is prompting the development of a plethora of exotic materials. Like automakers, airframe builders and their supply base have been pursuing ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and prevent further deterioration to the environment. Lightweighting structures reduces an aircraft’s mass and requires less lift force and...

Waterjet: Much Needed Flexibility for Aftermarket Work

For small shops and major manufacturers alike, turning around custom or non-standard automotive components on a contract basis requires a significant level of process agility and flexibility to get parts programmed, cut and out the door. These shops also see quality as a crucial element of success. Whether it’s for after-market shift linkages and floor boards for motorcycles or state-of-the-...

The art of waterjet cutting

You wouldn’t think a story involving conceptual art and a university-based maker space would have a lot to do with metal fabricating, but you’d be wrong in this one instance. In fact, if your shop has ever thought about expanding its cutting capabilities with a waterjet, you might want to keep reading.

The story begins in 2016 when the University of North Carolina-Asheville’s...

Processing Power

By applying advanced cutting models and using built-in compensations for speed and acceleration, the right waterjet software is able to provide exceptional results in rapid high-precision abrasive waterjet machining.

Unlike many conventional machine tools, waterjet uses a flexible cutting medium. Using abrasive waterjet to cut, versus other methods, has a plethora of advantages (no...

Learn-By-Doing: Cal Poly Integrates the ProtoMAX into IME Program

California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) Department is ensuring its students are prepared for the future of fabrication by integrating abrasive waterjet into their curriculum. In 2018, the IME department added a ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet to their Materials Removal lab, showcasing non-traditional cutting...

Nimble Startup Thor Trucks Finds the Right Tools from OMAX Corp. for Electric Vehicle Development

Thor Trucks’ owners believe this could not be achieved without the aid of OMAX Corp.’s MAXIEM 1530 abrasive waterjet. An abrasive waterjet uses a high-pressure stream of water and abrasive to slice a narrow line into a wide variety of materials, resulting in accurate shapes. Cutting with water does have some challenges. To adjust for a flexible cutting tool, the...

New Co-Lab Tool Slices Through Metal with Water

This article was provided by Working@Duke, Duke University Office of Communication Services

The Co-Lab Studio features tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, and allows Duke’s students, staff and faculty to follow their creativity.

And now, there’s another tool that brings a little more muscle to the lab’s array of machines in the lab on West Campus.

The lab,...

Save Money with Optimal Waterjet Software

A waterjet is a machine tool that shows its true benefit when it is cutting complex geometries on a variety of materials. In abrasive waterjets, hardware performance only provides a portion of the potential cutting performance returns. An optimal software controller is capable of extreme precision throughout every angle and curve in a cut while increasing speed of production and reducing cost...

Should You Own a Waterjet?

"It may actually be better to continue to cut slabs by hand with something like an Accuglide system before you buy a bridgesaw, because the waterjet will go a very long way in eliminating mistakes in the sink cutout process. I can assure you that once your fabricators see that they will never again have to do the back-breaking work of making large sink cutouts, shop morale will go way up."...

Buying a Waterjet: A Personal Journey

"Just when we were about to make a decision, we received an email from OMAX waterjets describing their new line of waterjets known as the MAXIEM. I was expecting to read the typical descriptions about the quality of the ballscrews, the precision and accuracy of the cuts, and of course the reliable and consistently high psi achieved by the hydraulic drive pump, but to my surprise, the MAXIEM...

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