OMAX Corp.

Dr. John H. Olsen

Contributing Writer
OMAX Corp.
21409 72nd Ave. S.
Kent, WA 98032


Phone: 253-872-2300
www.omax.com
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3-D Butterfly Abrasive Waterjet

Etching 3-D images with an abrasive waterjet

May 7, 2013

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Currently used primarily in art and architecture, waterjet etching is beginning to make inroads into machining and fabricating shops. The textured gripper pictured in this article is an example of a 3-D etched part.

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2-D + 3-D = 5-axis waterjet cutting - TheFabricator.com

2-D + 3-D = 5-axis waterjet cutting

January 7, 2013

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Five-axis waterjet cutting is not something you see in every fabricating operation. But for some applications where tube or precise edge cutting might be required, it makes total sense.

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Waterjet cutting table

The trend toward larger abrasive waterjet cutting tables

December 10, 2012

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Once custom-produced on a one-off basis for specific applications, large abrasive waterjet cutting tables have become part of many standard systems, thanks mostly to advanced linear-drive technology that makes the machines more affordable.

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Standard 2-D AWJ System

Abrasive waterjets move into 3-D shapes, including pipe intersections

August 21, 2012

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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.

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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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Complex beveled part

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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Traction drive system

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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Green cutting with waterjets

October 14, 2008

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Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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Jet cutting hazard sign

Safety in jet cutting

July 15, 2008

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Abrasive waterjets are powerful cutting tools. As is the case with all industrial machinery, waterjet machines have certain inherent hazards that go beyond the obvious cuts. Knowledge of these hazards and proper protective measures are necessary for safe operation. This article presents an overview of the hazards and ways to ensure safety.

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Maximizing waterjet cutting profit - TheFabricator

Maximizing waterjet cutting profit

April 15, 2008

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Achieving maximum profitability from your waterjet system requires knowing which operating methods are best-suited to your application. This article explores the costs associated with waterjet cutting and shows a method for maximizing the profit derived from the machine for various production scenarios. Specific examples are provided.

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Illustration basic water pump

Pumping up the waterjet power

December 11, 2007

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Want to maximize your waterjet's performance? Among the options for doing so are adding horsepower to the pump, by either running at higher pressure, or using a larger or two nozzles. This article discusses the options and provides guidelines to help you decide what's best for your particular operation

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Pressure pot

Jet cutting accessories

August 8, 2007

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The right accessories can help you make the most of your waterjet cutting system and prolong system life. Among the accessories discussed in this article are garnet feeders, removers, and recyclers; abrasive agitators; taper management tools; optional nozzles; piercing accessories; standoff controls; water treatment solutions; and material handling and support options.

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Jet lag diagram

Recent developments in abrasive jet software

June 12, 2007

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Software is an integral part of a waterjet cutting system. Advances in controller software compensate for common jet cutting errors, such as lag, striations, taper, and kerf; offer improvements in cutting functions; and reduce the time it takes to produce parts

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Jet cutting machine

Economic considerations when purchasing a jet cutting machine

February 13, 2007

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Thinking about purchasing a jet cutting system? Many factors should be considered before deciding which system to buy. This article discusses fixed and operating costs and productivity and provides the framework for making an intelligent buying decision.

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Machine components you can fabricate with an abrasive jet

October 10, 2006

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Many machine components formerly made with conventional machining techniques now can be made easily and cost-effectively with abrasive waterjet cutting. This article discusses some of these components. It also gives examples of abrasive waterjet-produced signs and labels that can be used to enhance your products.

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