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New Co-Lab Tool Slices Through Metal with Water

This article was provided by Working@Duke, Duke University Office of Communication Services

The Co-Lab Studio features tools such as 3-D printers and laser cutters, and allows Duke’s students, staff and faculty to follow their creativity.

And now, there’s another tool that brings a little more muscle to the lab’s array of machines in the lab on West Campus.

The lab,...

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Waterjet Keeps Hercs Flying

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Shop Breaks from Pack with Waterjet Cutting

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