Machine company makes waves with Jetcam driving waterjet cutter
Wagner Machine Co. of Champaign, IL, wanted its Omax 2652 waterjet cutter to autonest to save time that was spent manually creating part nests in CAD and exporting them.
Wagner provides precision CNC machine services spanning a wide variety of cutting technologies. The company purchased an Omax 2652 Waterjet cutter, which has a maximum cutting table of 26" x 52". The supplied CAM software was capable of automatic nesting of simple components, but did not have the ability to automatically perform dissimilar part nesting.
"Initially, the software supplied with the machine met our needs, but as the business grew, we found that we were spending several hours a day nesting," says Kurt Wagner, project manager. "As we could not autonest, we were creating nests in our CAD software manually and exporting a complete DXF nest for the CAM system to program. This worked well initially, but was very time consuming."