Benefits of Waterjet Cutting
1. WIDE RANGE OF MATERIALS
We can cut a wide variety of materials, ranging from mild steel, industrial metals, ceramics, composites, glass, tile, marble, granite, rock, and more. Our WaterJet machine can cut through materials ranging from 1/16″ (1.6 mm) to 12 inches (305 mm) thick with an accuracy of +/- .005 inch (0.13 mm), and up to 6' x 12' sheets.
2 . QUALITY FINISH
Our WaterJet System leaves a smooth, sandblasted finish. No rough edges, burrs or jagged ends.
3. NO HEAT IN MACHINING PROCESS
Because our WaterJet System uses water and abrasive, the material is not heated up significantly during the cutting process. This makes waterjet cutting ideal for materials that are affected or deformed by heat, such as titanium.
4. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
Our WaterJet System uses water and garnet to cut. Garnet is an inert gemstone, which can be disposed of in the municipal waste stream. No toxic fumes are produced during machining.
5. NO TOOL CHANGING
You don’t need to change cutting tools with our WaterJet System. One nozzle is used to machine all the different types of materials and shapes, saving time and the expense of multiple cutting tools.
6. QUICK TO PROGRAM
You can send us drawings, CAD or .dxf files of the parts you need and we’ll take it from there. We’ll import your files, program them into our WaterJet System, and call you once your parts are cut and ready to go. You can even trace over a photograph or bitmap image. In addition, OMAX machines are supported by a wide variety of third party software products such as CAD/CAM, Nesting, and scanning.
7. FAST SET-UP AND PROGRAMMING
Our WaterJet System software calculates the exact position and cutting speed of the nozzle at a resolution of over 2,000 points per inch (800 points/cm). All you do is specify the material and thickness and we do the rest.
8. COMPLEMENT EXISTING TOOLS, USED FOR EITHER PRIMARY OR SECONDARY OPERATIONS
We can also work with your other machine tools to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each. An example of this is roughing out nested parts on our WaterJet System to maximize material usage, and then performing final machining on a mill or machining center.
9. REDUCE SETUP TIMES
Little or no side force on the material being machined reduces the need to complex fixtures and greatly speeds setup times.