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5 Options for Waterjet Cut Edge Quality

Cut edge quality refers to how rough the edge of a cut part appears and how square it is. With waterjet, edge qualities typically range from Quality 1 (Q1) to Quality 5 (Q5) with Q5 being the best, most accurate edge quality. Following are descriptions for edge quality options available when cutting with OMAX abrasive waterjet machines.

Edge Quality 1

Q1 is described as a...

Water and Laser Jet Cutting

Waterjet and Laser Cutting: A Perfect Pair

To stay competitive, shorten lead times, and increase the markets they can serve, many laser job shops are adding abrasive waterjets to their machining equipment inventory. To uncover why the relatively new waterjet cutting method is gaining popularity with these traditional machining shops, let’s first take a look at how each technology works.

Laser

A laser cutter works...

OMAX MicroMAX Named Finalist for Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

KENT, Wash., January 17, 2017 - The OMAX MicroMAX JetMachining Center has been named a finalist by R&D Magazine in the field of Mechanical/Materials for the magazine's highly regarded 2016 R&D 100 Awards. Such a nomination places OMAX among an elite community of companies and individuals dedicated to the advancement of science and technology.

The MicroMAX has expanded...

OMAX Corporation Brings Waterjet Cutting Versatility and Value to HOUSTEX

KENT, Wash., Jan. 10, 2017 - At HOUSTEX 2017 in booth 2621, OMAX Corporation will demonstrate how its JetMachining Centers, advanced Intelli-MAX Software Suite and world-class training and support bring versatility and value to manufacturers in a variety of industries, including oil and gas. As an effective alternative to conventional machining operations, abrasive waterjet cutting provides a...

UCLan Race Car

Racing Towards The Future At UCLan With The MAXIEM 1515

The roar of engines, the cheering crowd and a handbuilt race car ready to prove itself on the tarmac. Every year members of Formula UCLan put their best work forward to be a part of this experience. Formula UCLan is a group of engineering students at the University of Central Lancashire, or UCLan for short, dedicated to engineering and building motorsport race cars from scratch. The students...

Techaids

Expanding Productivity in India With OMAX JetMachining Centers

When you are at the top of your game and lead the way, it is easy to rest on your laurels and be satisfied with your success. Not so with Techaids in India. Established in 1986, Techaids soon became a world leader in calender bowl manufacturing. A major requirement for paper and textile manufacturing, these calender bowls quickly established Techaids as a world leader in roll manufacturing,...

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Fixturing for Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Why use fixturing? Fixturing refers to holding work material in place while the waterjet cuts parts from it. For most jobs, it's critical that the material doesn't move during cutting, as any movement will affect the precision of the part and can mar the surface. Compared to other cutting methods, the sideways forces of abrasive waterjet cutting are low and the downward force is...

Part Drawing

How to Make Good Part Drawings for Abrasive Waterjets

One of the great things about computer-controlled waterjet systems is that you can draw a part on your computer, or even import a scan or photo, and quickly turn that image into reality. This also introduces opportunities for mistakes. A nice two foot part you drew could be cut as a mini two inch part because you have the units of measure incorrect. The better your drawing, the better your...

Pump Rebuild

10 Tips for Abrasive Waterjet Preventive Maintenance

Being proactive with maintenance on your abrasive waterjet will save you time and money by preventing unplanned downtime and extending the working life of your components. Here are 10 of the most important preventive maintenance tips to keep your abrasive waterjet productive.

1. Follow equipment manufacturer recommendations for maintenance

An established and trusted...

Petersen CNC

Fab Shop Lifts Big Part Production with Waterjet Cutting

As parts and assembly tolerances continue to tighten, fab shops look for new ways to adapt and change their methods to achieve greater accuracy and improved production flow. Additional set-ups and transfers result in inaccuracies, downtime and loose tolerances. Abrasive waterjet machining solutions can help minimize the amount of additional processing to a single operation - as was the case...

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