Recent Development in Abrasivejet Software
There are two functions for software in abrasive waterjet machining. First, software is used to transform the design intent into a tool path. This is generally referred to as CAD-CAM software and this field has been improving rapidly with multiple vendors in the market. While important for ease of geometry input, it has little effect on part production cost. The second function for software is to move the cutting jet so as to provide the most accurate part possible in a minimum time. This second function is supplied by the machine builder within the particular control supplied. It has a huge effect on part cost and there are tremendous variations in the sophistication of the controllers available. This article describes the software functions in an advanced controller made specifically for waterjet machining where the functions are broadly covered by patents.