For years, John Olsen, an MIT-trained engineer with a doctorate in fluid mechanics, has wondered how Vashon artists might use the water-jet technology he first developed in his garage on the Island some 30 years ago.
Now, thanks to a chance conversation on a ferry boat, he’s getting an opportunity to find out.
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...
As machine tools evolve, adding processes and creating more parts in complex shapes, the software becomes an increasingly important factor in not only the operation of a machine, but the purchase as well.
This is especially true with waterjet software that can change often, as new advancements in technology drive the systems toward new frontiers.
Betcor Manufacturing in Ontario, Canada is a small custom job shop with a difference. At first glance, they look like most other job shops, with a shop floor filled with machines for CNC milling, turning, surface grinding, cylindrical grinding, and even some welding and fabricating work.
At one end of the shop floor, though, is a piece of equipment that is anything but traditional...
This is intended to give some tips for Engineers who are not experts in abrasivejet machining, but may be designing parts for Abrasivejet Machining. Hopefully, some of the tips and ideas presented here will save you time, effort, and money.
You can machine virtually any 2D shape.
For cheaper / faster parts: avoid sharp corners, or tight radii.
Avoid tiny holes in...
To manufacture large quantities of similar parts, a Georgia machine shop has found that wire EDM is the ideal process.
By Bill Dundas
Because it plays a supporting role in many shops, wire EDM isn't widely associated with high-volume production. But metalworking professionals who choose wire EDM as their mainline process continue to develop...