Tag: Soft Metals

All In The Details

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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...

Abrasivejet Technology Boosts Business for EDM Shops

For years, job shops used only wire EDM or laser equipment for cutting precision parts. Abrasivejet machining was new to the industry, and not yet considered practical. Today, state-of-the-art technology has successfully reconciled full-scale abrasivejet production with consistent precision results. And job shops that procure this technology stand to boost their profit margins in return....

Abrasivejet Carves A Niche For Competitve Job Shop

"As a shop owner, the thing you hate most is sending a customer down the street with a part you can’t cut. He may take all his work elsewhere. That’s why we want to be a full-service job shop."

That is the principle that motivates Dan Mottl, president of Atlas Tool& Die Works Inc., a job shop in Lyons, IL. The company was founded in 1918 by his grandfather, a...

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...

Building a Business on Waterjet Cutting

Today's waterjet systems attract more work than most shops realize.

By Charles Bates Senior Editor

When Patrick Hill and Mario Marotti started their jobshop, they banked their business on one machine: an abrasive-waterjet system. They did so because they believed the technology offered more opportunities for jobs from many diverse markets as compared to conventional machining...

The Renaissance Shop

B.C. shop achieves product diversity with its waterjet machines

Out on the west coast in Delta, B.C., FlexyShop Inc. is cutting, bending, welding, finishing and engraving up a storm. The company specializes in laser and water jet services.

Burak Ataman founded the firm in 2004. He remains the current owner and president. FlexyShop currently has a total of six employees, and operates...

Liquid Potential

ERA Industries Inc of Franklin, Illinois, is a privately held precision machine job shop that has recently discovered the versatility of abrasive waterjet technology.  ERA  traditionally focuses on components for military vehicles and commercial aerospace.  In August 2007, the company purchased its first OMAX machine, a Model  55100 JetMachining Center with 55 inches by 100...

AdChem Keeps on the Cutting Edge With Waterjets

AdChem Manufacturing Technologies, Inc. (ACMT) of Manchester, CT prides itself on investing in the latest technology. “In our industry, that’s what helps us grow,” said Michael Polo, president and owner. So when a customer came to them unhappy with the heat-affected zone from laser cutting, ACMT invested in an abrasive waterjet.

Following a stint with his father...

Metal Tech Shop Maximizes Value

By Staff Sgt. Francesca Popp

3rd Wing Public Affairs

Airmen in the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s metals technology shop are maximizing value while minimizing waste by making what customers need from scratch.

On a daily basis, they can produce two-dimensional “parts” for just about any aircraft here.

“With our computer design...

All in a Day: At Hoffman Design Works, It's All Work and All Play

"I love my job." Anyone who can make that statement and truly mean it is a lucky individual. Drew Hoffman is one of those people. He's the founder of Hoffman Design Works, Bloomington, Ind., and it's common for him to profess the profound joy he gets from 9 to 5. It's especially convincing when he describes some of the projects he's accomplished since opening the...

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