Tag: Composite

OMAX Waterjet Technology Is Key to Healthier Soles

Turning concepts upside down and inside out to make a better, healthier product is what OESH is all about. The Charlottesville, Virginia company has revolutionized shoe manufacturing by designing a responsive sole integrated with the rest of the shoe in a unique way that ensures the foot always encounters a perfectly level surface.

OESH shoes, the brainchild of Dr. D. Casey Kerrigan,...

Did you know pure waterjets and abrasive waterjets are not interchangeable?

Waterjet machining has been around for decades. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing machining processes today, mainly due to its high versatility and ease of use. But when it comes to waterjet machining, there are actually two distinct types, pure waterjet and abrasivejet, and understanding the difference is important, if not critical.

Pure waterjet is the original form of the...

Waterjet Evolves Into Precision Alternative

Abrasive waterjet cutting has historically been seen as a novel tool for rough cutting of materials such as steel, aluminum, titanium, Inconel® , and glass – sort of a glorified bandsaw for 2D shapes. But today™s waterjet technology has advanced into new territory.

With the latest in technology offered by waterjet manufactures and coupled with one firm™s technical...

Waterjet Drives Engineering Innovation

As a sport that pushes the envelope at 200-plus miles per hour, NASCAR is often viewed by fans as an ultimate test of man and machine. Seat-of-the-pants driving and masterful strategy, however, are not the only elements that distinguish the winners from the rest—the creativity and ingenuity of engineers and machinists behind the scenes can be just as important.   That ingenuity and...

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...

HarshCo LLC, a Waterjet Company

A2Z Metalworker

Of the more than 30 customers HarshCo picked up in the last 18 months (strictly through referrals), Johnny thinks that 80% use HarshCo exclusively for their waterjet needs.

HarshCo is poised and ready for growth. HarshCo was a husband and wife team until recently, and so Johnny couldn't go out marketing the company to new customers. With the recent hiring of his...

The Promise of Waterjet Technology for Micromachining

There are numerous compelling benefits of using waterjet technology to produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns. Developers and researchers are getting close to breaking the barriers that stand in the way of micromachining in the 150- to 200- micron range and below. This research report outlines the issues associated with making very finely detailed parts using the abrasive...

Research in Waterjet Technology Lead to Advanced Materials Development

Florida State University's High-Performance Materials Institute is paving the way when it comes to narrowing the gap between research and practical use of a new, high-performance composite material that could be up to 10 times lighter and 250 times stronger than steel, twice as hard as diamond, and highly conductive to electricity and heat. This advanced material, sometimes referred to as...

2-D + 3-D = 5-Axis Waterjet Cutting

While five-axis operations such as bevel cutting and other weld prep operations have been possible on abrasive waterjet machines for some time, the capability to process 3D parts such as tubes and pipes on the same waterjet is relatively new. This is opening up new possibilities for metal fabricators.

Shops that once focused primarily on flat 2D work now have the opportunity to take on...

Job Shop Gets Abrasivejet Edge on Competition

"Abrasivejet technology is widely known in the metalworking industry, but what's not so widely known is how to apply it to specific production jobs," states Scott McFarlane, President of Cutting Technology, Inc., a job shop located in Auburn, Washington.

An 11-year veteran of EDM systems, McFarlane says he based his new company on abrasivejet technology because "even...

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