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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...

Waterjet Keeps Hercs Flying

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Recently, the 934th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology shop installed a new waterjet cutting machine, also known as an OMAX Computer Numerical Control Waterjet Machining Center. The machine helps Airmen increase maintenance capabilities by accelerating their ability to fabricate tools and custom parts to help get...

Shop Breaks from Pack with Waterjet Cutting

Shop Breaks from Pack with Waterjet Cutting

After spending 22 years as a CNC machinist in the Indianapolis area, Richie Price, in 2015, launched his own business…“backwards,” he says, half-jokingly. Instead of adding waterjet capabilities after starting with mills, lathes and other conventional machining processes, Price’s carefully researched business plan called for launching RPM Design in Brownsburg, IN, with a single waterjet-...

Way to the Future

The Way to the Future

In years past, job shop owners looking for better machine tools might have focused their scouting efforts on faster cutting speeds or perhaps a slicker nesting package. That was yesterday. Cutting processes (notably oxyfuel and plasma) are reaching their speed limits. Process control software is becoming far more holistic, extending beyond nesting. With those advances, machine tool...

Perfection Fabricators

Waterjet Machine Thrusts Ohio Fabricator Into New High-Tech Territory

Keeping up with the times has been the name of the game for Perfection Fabricators Inc., a successful fabrication shop doing business in Elyria, Ohio since 1973. In the forty years their doors have been open, the company has grown to four times its original size. The increase in job orders also meant a growing need to cut materials their current machinery couldn’t accommodate. Some job...

Research in Waterjet Technology Lead to Advanced Materials Development

Florida State University's High-Performance Materials Institute is paving the way when it comes to narrowing the gap between research and practical use of a new, high-performance composite material that could be up to 10 times lighter and 250 times stronger than steel, twice as hard as diamond, and highly conductive to electricity and heat. This advanced material, sometimes referred to as...

The Promise of Waterjet Technology for Micromachining

There are numerous compelling benefits of using waterjet technology to produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns. Developers and researchers are getting close to breaking the barriers that stand in the way of micromachining in the 150- to 200- micron range and below. This research report outlines the issues associated with making very finely detailed parts using the abrasive...

2-D + 3-D = 5-Axis Waterjet Cutting

While five-axis operations such as bevel cutting and other weld prep operations have been possible on abrasive waterjet machines for some time, the capability to process 3D parts such as tubes and pipes on the same waterjet is relatively new. This is opening up new possibilities for metal fabricators.

Shops that once focused primarily on flat 2D work now have the opportunity to take on...

Shop Capitalizes on Water Over Wire

Every once in a while, Jack McGrail will cut a potential customer's part for free, just to prove a point. These rare occasions usually involve customers who are convinced that the work is best suited for Mr. McGrail's wire EDM equipment. Typically, their initial skepticism becomes pleasant surprise with the revelation that he can meet required specifications in less time using abrasive...

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