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Waterjet Myths Uncovered - Pressure

Myth:

High Pressure Cuts Faster

Fact:

General statements like this are often misleading and rarely hold true across the board. The fact is that increasing pressure doesn’t lead to faster cutting in most applications.

Hydraulic horsepower is what does the cutting in abrasive waterjet applications, while pressure does the cutting in water-only applications. When you increase...

Fundamentals of Waterjet Cutting: Optimum Efficiency

While most users of abrasive waterjet cutting profess its ease of use, anyone that owns a waterjet will admit that while cutting a one-off part might be easy, producing thousands of the same part, with 0.05-in. tolerance, requires knowledge and skill. The difference comes down to understanding process fundamentals and how they work together. Let’s examine a few fundamental tips to help...

Are You Using the Latest Software?

OMAX is constantly coming out with new software. You should take advantage of the new features improving the performance of the machine and productivity in programming.

New versions are released once or twice a year. If your software is more than six months old, it’s worthwhile to check for a new version. This can be done on the OMAX Dashboard under “Software.”  

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Tips for IntelliETCH

The IntelliETCH feature in IntelliMAX allows your waterjet to etch everything from simple part numbers to elegant artistic designs. However, performing more intricate work requires the machining head to accelerate and decelerate around corners, slowing down the process and increasing the material removal rate. Here are some tips for effectively using Etch for intricate work:

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Meeting Standards

Choosing the correct tools can be the defining factor in a true representation for testing. In an ideal scenario, testing preparation shouldn’t impart any additional changes to the original material but many traditional cutting machines leave residue or distort the material.

As stated in ASTM E8/E8M–13A under Subsection 6.1.3, “Improperly prepared test specimens often are the reason...

Factors of Speed

It is often asked "how fast is a waterjet?"

OMAX waterjets are faster than many cutting machines on the market. Exactly how fast depends on a number of factors. Power, material, thickness and more need to be considered when determining how long a finished piece will take to cut. For example, tool steel will have a different cutting time than titanium. The following are the main factors...

Big Blue Saw for OnDemand Cutting

“Big Blue Saw has been selling waterjet cutting services since the company began in 2005,” explained Simon Arthur, President and Founder of Big Blue Saw. “I had first learned about the flexibility and utility of waterjet cutting as a competitor at BattleBots, where the most advanced teams used waterjet-cut parts on their combat robots. While Big Blue Saw originally outsourced all waterjet...

Alternatives to Trade Shows

Trade shows are a great resource for keeping up with industry trends, seeing emerging technology in person and accessing possible solutions for your company’s needs. However, sometimes busy schedules, travel costs or other factors make visiting a trade show impractical. What alternatives and resources are available to collect the same information you would gain from an in-person event? Here...

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