Waterjet Cutting Articles

The waterjet cutting technology area has information on the machines and processes, but it doesn't stop there. It also covers abrasives, hoses, nozzles, and pumps.

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Axes to mine - TheFabricator.com

Axes to mine

April 3, 2012

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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.

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No weak link allowed - TheFabricator.com

No weak link allowed

September 2, 2011

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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.

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Three waterjet heads are better than one

June 2, 2011

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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.

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Howe brothers discover precision fabrication

April 1, 2011

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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.

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A primer on waterjet accessories - TheFabricator.com

A primer on waterjet accessories

January 17, 2011

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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.

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Waterjet accelerates stampers aerospace prototyping - TheFabricator.com

Waterjet accelerates stamper's aerospace prototyping

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.

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How new waterjet technology simplifies the complex - TheFabricator.com

How new waterjet technology simplifies the complex

September 8, 2010

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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.

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Going 3-D: A matter of control

March 1, 2010

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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.

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Waterjet bevel cutting made easy

March 1, 2010

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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.

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Newer linear-drive technology improves waterjet accuracy, reduces costs

December 15, 2009

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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.

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Disposing of waterjet abrasive—the right way

September 1, 2009

Shop owners who cut with waterjet machines should keep abreast oflocal waste and disposal regulations.

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Counting on the combo

July 1, 2009

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Revolving door manufacturer brings fabrication in-house, including a combination waterjet-plasma machine.

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Reusing waterjet cutting abrasive

June 29, 2009

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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.

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Making waterjet-cut parts more fatigue-resistant

May 12, 2009

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Among the factors that contribute to the fatigue life of waterjet-cut parts are part geometry, cutting method, and finish. Properly designing parts, using the optimal cutting quality for the part, and choosing the best finishing process can increase fatigue resistance significantly.

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Cutting more than metal with a waterjet

December 15, 2008

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With waterjet cutting equipment, shops are no longer limited to the world of metal fabrications. They can search for new business in areas that were once considered unrealistic.

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