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Growing demand in the aerospace and automotive markets is prompting the development of a plethora of exotic materials. Like automakers, airframe builders and their supply base have been pursuing ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and prevent further deterioration to the environment. Lightweighting structures reduces an aircraft’s mass and requires less lift force and...

MATERIAM: Full Service Digital Manufacturing

In Azcapotzalco, Mexico, there are few companies with the digital manufacturing capacities of MATERIAM. This job shop has and will take most any types of jobs coming in through the door. The energy sector, aerospace, electronics, medical … any company, any creator, any entrepreneur that may require their service. MATERIAM describes themselves as “a team of passionate people whose goal is to...

Waterjet: Much Needed Flexibility for Aftermarket Work

For small shops and major manufacturers alike, turning around custom or non-standard automotive components on a contract basis requires a significant level of process agility and flexibility to get parts programmed, cut and out the door. These shops also see quality as a crucial element of success. Whether it’s for after-market shift linkages and floor boards for motorcycles or state-of-the-...

OMAX Announces Two Promotions within Management Team

KENT, Wash., April, 23rd 2019 – OMAX Corporation is excited to announce two changes to our management team. Mike Ruppenthal has been promoted from Vice President of North American Sales to OMAX’s General Manager. Steve Ulmer has been promoted from Vice President of International Sales to Vice President of Sales.

For the past seven years, Ruppenthal has served as OMAX’s VP of North...

The art of waterjet cutting

You wouldn’t think a story involving conceptual art and a university-based maker space would have a lot to do with metal fabricating, but you’d be wrong in this one instance. In fact, if your shop has ever thought about expanding its cutting capabilities with a waterjet, you might want to keep reading.

The story begins in 2016 when the University of North Carolina-Asheville’s...

High School Robotics meets GlobalMAX

“The engineering program has three classes: Robotics, Design and Precision Machining, and Computer Science,” said Marcus Edwards, Terrell Independent School District’s (ISD) robotics coach and manufacturing teacher. “Our facility has three rooms that are 60x40 feet. There are 40 machines in these spaces that range from 3D printers to our GlobalMAX 1530.”

Two years ago, Edwards was...

Processing Power

By applying advanced cutting models and using built-in compensations for speed and acceleration, the right waterjet software is able to provide exceptional results in rapid high-precision abrasive waterjet machining.

Unlike many conventional machine tools, waterjet uses a flexible cutting medium. Using abrasive waterjet to cut, versus other methods, has a plethora of advantages (no...

Is Your Water Smelling … Pungent?

When you don’t use your abrasive waterjet for an extended period of time, you may notice that the stagnant water may start to produce an odor. What do you do about it? We’ll discuss this in a minute, but first let us note that OMAX does not recommend putting any chemicals into your tank.

OMAX doesn’t know what you are cutting and therefore doesn’t know how any specific chemical may...

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