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The State of the Art of Precision Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Abrasive waterjet cutting has become a main stream machining technology in today’s manufacturing world. This paper will serve as an overall review of the state-of-the-art of this technology applied to precision machining. Topics will cover the cutting process, hardware (pumps and XY tables), and software, as well as the latest tilting head technology for taper removal.

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...

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...

Jetmachining a Path to More Business

Earl Maudlin, President of Kemah, Texas-based Maudlin& Son Mfg. Co., Inc.would not use the company’s sixty years of business success as an excuse for complacency. It was his ongoing desire to improve shop performance that led Maudlin & Son to purchase its third waterjet machine, the OMAX 2652A JetMachining Center.

On the Cutting Edge Maudlin & Son has always sought...

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Taper Free Abrasive Waterjet Cutting with a Tilting Head

A tilting head angles an abrasive waterjet’s nozzle as it moves along the cutting path, resulting in a taper-free cut. This paper offers insight into the product development process of this innovative concept — a mechanism that allows the nozzle to tilt about the jet entry point with minimal compensation motions in the X, Y and Z direction. Tilting and compensation motions are...

Waterjets Move into the Mainstream

Manufacturing Engineering April 2005 Vol. 134 No. 4

Robert B. Aronson, Senior Editor

Waterjet is said to be the fastest growing manufacturing technique. But can a process that's good at cutting chicken parts do anything for you? Quite possibly, yes.

Waterjet, in a single machine, can greatly extend the manufacturer's capabilities. The buyers of waterjet systems seem...

Waterjet Evolves Into Precision Alternative

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...

Innovative Cutting

Waterjet: Case Study

Antech Wire EDM

Antech Wire EDM Inc. is a high precision wire EDM and machining establishment, located in Oshawa, Ontario. Antech was founded in 1996 and continues to grow at a rapid pace.

At first glance, it is not hard to see what sets Antech apart from the others. With their advanced state-of-the-art equipment, running from wire EDM machining centers to...

Software: How is it Contributing to Plasma and Waterjet Operations

Waterjet Software

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.

What makes...

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...

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