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 "Buckypaper," shows great potential in industries including aerospace, defense, medical and even consumer products. One of the challenges in finding practical commercial applications is developing methods to actually manufacture parts from the material. Its characteristics may make it difficult to machine using conventional processes. Abrasive waterjet cutting is particularly well-suited to cutting this advanced composite. An OMAX Model 55100 JetMachining System is in regular use by the Institute for making test pieces and products.