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How a waterjet helps to bring characters to life for Nashville designer

James Hudak is a machine shop manager. He works with six other individuals, two of whom are certified welders. The shop has a CNC vertical machining center, some manual mills, and a CNC router. It added a new waterjet cutting machine that has brought a new dynamic to the shop’s capabilities. The shop works on prototypes one day and has to knock out multiples of parts the next day. All in all,...

Let Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Waterjet cutting compares favorably with other methods used to cut metal-alloy sheet and plate, offering reliable accuracy, quick setup time and fast cutting of a wide range of materials, without creating a heat-affected zone (HAZ) or altering material properties. Although abrasive waterjet may cut some materials more slowly than other processes, in the right application it can serve...

Tips to Increase Abrasive Waterjet Efficiency

There are many advantages to waterjet technology right out of the box. These tips will help you squeeze the most out of your investment

Savvy fabricators with a handful of shortcuts and hacks are able to enhance their productivity while using the same technology that everyone else is using. Here are some tips to increase your design, programming and control know how for more effective...

Predict & Prevent

“Plan your work for today and every day. Then work your plan.” This advice from the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher distills the importance of having guidelines to clarify the competing priorities that tug at each one of us every day. Without a strategy, routine tasks like preventive maintenance (PM) can be neglected. However, it’s a lot easier in the long run to take steps to...

Up and running

Downtime is costly. In the auto industry, it’s estimated that losses of up to $50,000 per minute can be attributed to machines breaking down. One study suggests that 80 percent of industrial facilities can’t accurately predict their downtime, but the estimate is that between 5 and 20 percent of productivity is lost due to downtime.

Steve Ulmer, vice president of sales at Omax Corp.,...

Optimizing your waterjet production

The best abrasive waterjet machines on the market are designed for rigorous machining. A combination of meticulous mechanics, rigid construction, and velocity control from the software ensures the highest degree of repeatable precision in the machined parts. However, even with all that built in, you can hone the machining process further by using your waterjet to the best of its abilities....

Compact Waterjets: The Perfect Teaching Tool

At trade schools, universities and high schools, abrasive waterjet cutting machines provide an excellent teaching tool. They are simple, versatile, easy to use—and easy on the budget. Full-size industrial abrasive waterjets cost less than conventional chipmaking machines. Their drawback is their large size; many schools struggle to make room for waterjets. Now, compact machines offer their...

Compact Cutting

Waterjets are an investment, not only in cost, but in shop floor space. Machine shops often utilize mills, lathes, multi-axis machine centers, grinders, EDM machines and precision hones. The goal of any shop is to add value to a product through the manufacturing process. A shop only has so much floor space to work with, and choosing the right tools to maximize efficiency is an art. Potential...

Bringing real-world metal fabricating to college

Today’s engineering students are bright and very good conceptual thinkers. Jensen said that where they might fall short is in the hands-on experiences of actually building things and rebuilding them when they don’t quite work. But engineering labs like Oregon State’s are designed to help introduce them to the real-world technologies that make the computer work a reality. That’s been a little...

Cutting versatility a must at custom boat shop

Founded more than 20 years ago, Titan Boats, based in Sidney, B.C., initially focused on manufacturing vessels for the ecotourism industry and governmental agencies in Canada. In 2015, amidst growing demand, the company embarked on a plan to diversify and expand its product line. As a result, the shop needed new, adaptable technology to boost capacity, efficiency, and production capabilities...

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