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Companies creating parts for elaborate aerospace projects or artistic placards often prefer to use a precise waterjet cutter rather than plasma or laser cutting alternatives. From metals to plastics, OMAX Corp., Kent, Wash., provides the tools to cut parts for heavy-duty regenerators as well as chisel intricate designs into statues and monuments. Today's manufacturers rely on...

Waterjets Cut Through DNA

TMD Today's Medical Developments

Cancer patients receiving treatment at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, have no idea that the same facility houses a working machine shop. This small, but wellequipped, shop plays a key role in supporting not only patient treatments, but also cancer research, in particular DNA sequencing.

The majority of work done at the...

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Critical Facts About Ultra Ultra High Pressure Abrasive Waterjet Cutting Systems

There has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of moving to higher and higher water pressure in abrasive waterjet (AWJ) cutting systems. It has gotten to the point that you now hear statements such as “Everybody knows that the secret to faster cutting is higher pressure”. However actual cutting test data and user experience show that such statements are incorrect and...

Erickson Machine Tools Demonstrates New Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing News

Erickson Machine Tools Inc., celebrating its 50th Anniversary, recently held an Open House. The company's large showroom in Story City, IA was used to demonstrate new machining centers, turning centers, saws, a waterjet cutting machine and cutting tools and accessories for manufacturers and job shops in the Iowa and Nebraska regions.

The Milltronics ML 16...

OMAX and JETCAM Nesting

OMAX Corporation, based in Kent, Washington manufactures high end waterjet machines under both OMAX® has created a change in the way they work; “It’s and MaxiemTM brands. Many of the machines’ components are manufactured using waterjet technology, and while the company’s own CAM software provided a workable solution OMAX were looking for ways to reduce programming...

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Leading Edge Machine's Equipment

Two journeymen machinists, each with more than 15 years of experience in the precision machining industry, opened their own business four years ago. Corey Anderson and Brian Deffinger, co-owners of Leading Edge Machine, made a bold but calculated decision to own their own business. The two knew each other well, as Corey had worked under the direction of...

Unlimited Options

With three Omax 80160 JetMachining Centers, cutting possibilities abound at Pal-Con Ltd.

By Lisa Rummler

Until about two years ago, Pal-Con Ltd., Stephensville, Texas, serviced and rebuilt regenerators for the natural gas and electrical industries.

In 2007, though, following a move into a 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-artmanufacturing facility, the family-owned company took...

Waterjet Cutting More Than Flat Blanks

Advanced control technology has made it possible for abrasive waterjet cutting systems to make accurate complex 2-dimensional parts directly from a CAD drawing file input by a machine operator.  Now even more advanced control systems have been developed to permit rapid creation of 3-dimensional parts from 3-D CAD files.  As dimensions are added, the motion control required for...

Two Omax Waterjets Redefine What One Job Machine Shop Can Do

FF Journal

Life is full of outsourcing. We hire cleaning personnel to vacuum our carpets, babysitters to look after our children and accountants to sort through our taxes.

In the metal fabrication business, sending fabrication and cutting work to other companies can be costly and timeconsuming. The waterjet, however, could be considered the ultimate "insourcing" machine, as...

Newer Linear-drive Technology Improves Waterjet Accuracy, Reduces Costs

Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision cutting machines more affordable. 

Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives while using the latest in precision linear encoder technology.  Previous articles in this series have explained how...

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