November 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston
Managing a shop full of a great number of incredibly diverse, short-run, nonrepeat orders can be a complicated undertaking. Fedtech, a St. Paul, Minn., fabricator, stays on top of all the activity by giving customers a single point of contact. Upon receipt of an order, one person shepherds the job through production—from cradle to grave.
August 21, 2012 | By Dr. John H. Olsen
Used for many years to cut 2-D parts, abrasive waterjet technology has evolved into cutting complex 3-D shapes, including pipe intersections and saddles. Accessories and control software that make this possible can be retrofitted to existing systems.
April 3, 2012 | By Dan Davis
More fabricators haved jumped into flat waterjet cutting, so to attract new customers and carve out a niche around 3-D design and manufacturing, Maximum Industries, Irving, Texas, started five-axis cutting in 2011.
September 2, 2011 | By Tim Heston
Holloway Houston Inc. uses waterjet cutting to fabricate critical linkages for its extreme testbed that's capable of exerting up to 5,000 tons of pulling force. Any weak link between the workpiece and testbed structure can render the pull test invalid--which is why waterjet cutting components to extremely tight tolerances is so important.
June 2, 2011 | By Dan Davis
Metals & Services, Addison, Ill., didn't get caught up in the excitement of the 90,000-PSI waterjet pumps that seemed to be all the rage at recent tradeshows. Company management did its own homework and found that using a 60,000-PSI pump with multiple heads works out just swimmingly for its waterjet cutting operations.
April 1, 2011 | By Dan Davis
The stars of Howe and Howe Tech on Discovery Channel see metal fabricating as a creative outlet for their imaginations--while also catching the attention of the Department of Defense.
January 17, 2011 | By Dr. John H. Olsen
For fabricators and metalworkers considering their first purchase of a waterjet, return on investment will be heavily influenced by features, options, and accessories that provide a match to their unique needs.Investigating and evaluating the latest alternatives will go a long way in boosting profitability.
September 23, 2010
Metal Products Engineering, Los Angeles,began business as a Lockheed subcontractor in 1940. Since then, the company has designed and built an impressive inventory of customized progressive dies in their facility for aerospace applications.
September 8, 2010 | By Marjorie Millay
Waterjet technology cuts angled bevels to simplify complex manufacturing. The waterjet now can cut complex angles in plate, angles that previously could be done only in a machining center.
March 1, 2010 | By Dr. John H. Olsen
Improvements in waterjet technology have made bevel cutting with these machines more suitable for a greater number of fabricating shops by simplifying programming and operation and reducing the need for trial-and-error setup.
March 1, 2010 | By Tim Heston
Abrasive waterjet has moved beyond flat plate cutting. Today, the jet can move in Z and tilt to cut complex designs out of thick plate, and even tube and barstock.
December 15, 2009 | By Dr. John H. Olsen
Recent developments in linear-drive technology are designed to improve waterjet cutting accuracy and safety, while making high-precision machines more affordable. Find out more about this traction-drive system that has its roots in railroad locomotives.
September 1, 2009
Shop owners who cut with waterjet machines should keep abreast oflocal waste and disposal regulations.
July 1, 2009 | By Tim Heston
Revolving door manufacturer brings fabrication in-house, including a combination waterjet-plasma machine.
June 29, 2009 | By Michael Bishop
For shops that cut using a waterjet machine, the abrasive in the pressurized stream of water, which allows the system to cut away metal, is a significant capital investment. Because of recent technology developments, a fabricator now can recycle the abrasive material and use it several times. But before a shop invests in this type of equipment, it should first consider the types of abrasive material that are available, as well as how the recycling technology works.