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Combined Processes: Speed Production

Over the last forty years, the waterjet has evolved from an experimental wood cutter to a reliable, high-speed machine that cuts materials with speed, power, and precision. Long regarded as a low-tolerance, specialty process for machining large sheet materials, abrasive waterjet now performs in areas previously dominated by traditional cutting technologies. From rapid hole drilling in slow-...

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Faster Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Abrasive Waterjet Cutting has proven to be an effective and economical process for separating virtually any material. Today, applications of abrasive waterjet cutting can be found in many different industries and range from producing very small high precision parts to making rough separation cuts of 6” steel plates. OMAX Corporation has taken the lead in addressing precision cutting...

Prototyping With Waterjet: Draw the Part, Cut the Part

“You name it, we can make it.” That is what Sam Charnegie, Operations Manager of LMS Stamping (Bethlehem, PA), is fond of saying. From harness guide bars for people who race Corvettes, to flanges for railings for buses and rail cars, to catsup and mustard dispensers for stadiums, LMS customers have a need and the shop can deliver it efficiently and quickly.

This broad-based...

Wagner Makes Waves with JETCAM Driving OMAX Waterjet

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Wagner Machine Co, based in Champaign, Illinois provides precision CNC machine shop services spanning a wide variety of cutting technologies. They purchased an OMAX 2652 Waterjet cutter in 2003, 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...

Waterjet Machine Available at Vashon College

By Leslie Brown

For years, John Olsen, an MIT-trained engineer with a doctorate in fluid mechanics, has wondered how Vashon artists might use the water-jet technology he first developed in his garage on the Island some 30 years ago.

Now, thanks to a chance conversation on a ferry boat, he’s getting an opportunity to find out.

Olsen, whose backyard experiments ultimately...

Toolcraft: A Small Company with Big Company Capabilites and Certifications

Toolcraft was founded in 1963 by Robert Sanders. Days meant calling on prospective customers and evenings were spent machining the parts for his new customers. The company started out primarily doing work for AiResearch, but soon expanded to have many customers, both large and small. One of these customers was Wynn's Precision, based in Tempe, Arizona. From their work with Wynn's they...

Canadian Diamond F.C. Fills Waterjet Cutting Niche

By Jerry Cook

When Igor Koybash and Konstantyn Lysogor, co-owners of Concord, ON-based Diamond F.C. Inc., realized that there was a growing demand in the market for waterjet cutting, they didn’t waste any time filling that niche.

That’s why Koybash and Lysogor launched Diamond F.C., which is a job shop that specializes in waterjet cutting and fabricating, earlier...

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Impact of Residual Stresses on Accuracy of AWJ Cutting

As the accuracy of abrasive waterjet (AWJ) machines is improving, a wider range of process variables are receiving attention regarding their impact on the accuracy of AWJ cut parts. Residual stress is one of these process variables. In this experimental study, AWJ tests cutting steel samples with and without residual stresses were conducted. The results indicated a strong link between residual...

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Determination of Machinability and Abrasive Cutting Properties

Modern abrasive waterjet machines require precise parameter settings to meet the everincreasing precision demand. Machinability and abrasive index are two important parameters for abrasive waterjet cutting. The latest software uses a cutting model that takes the inputs of machinability, abrasive index, and other process parameters to predict the jet behavior so that compensation can be made to...

Custom Cut Machine Inc.

Custom Cut Machine Inc, based in British Columbia, Canada, replaced their Flow CNC waterjet driven by the vendors own CAM software in June 2007 with an OMAX 80160. They had been considering a CAM system upgrade since 2005, as although the previous software worked fairly well there was room for improvement with nesting efficiency and ease of use.

Lyle Paulson, President said; “I...

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