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March 17, 2014
Abrasive waterjet machine suitable for fabrication shops
OMAX® Corp. offers the MAXIEM® 1530 abrasive waterjet machine. It has an XY cutting travel of 10 ft. 2 in. by 5 ft. 2 in., making it suitable for fabrication shops and metal service centers. Featuring Intelli-MAX® software and... Read more...

News

October 31, 2013
OMAX names Aqua Machinery as Mexico distributor
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Aqua Machinery SA de CV to market, sell, and support its JetMachining® centers and MAXIEM® JetCutting centers in Mexico. Aqua Machinery's main office, service... Read more...

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October 21, 2013
Control software optimizes waterjet tool paths
OMAX® Corp. has introduced Intelli-MAX® 20 intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the tool paths of the company's abrasive waterjet systems. The new automatic tool path planning engine in the software improves the... Read more...

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October 11, 2013
Abrasive waterjet machine cuts small parts
OMAX® has introduced the MicroMAX™ JetMachining® Center for abrasive waterjet cutting of parts or part features smaller than 0.012 in. from a variety of materials, including exotic metals, advanced composites, polymer... Read more...

News

September 17, 2013
OMAX named to Inc. 500|5000 list for third time
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet machines and accessories, has made the Inc . 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for the third time. The company is No. 134 in the manufacturing sector and... Read more...

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August 1, 2013
OMAX marks 20 years in business with August event
OMAX® Corp., manufacturer of JetMachining® centers and Maxiem JetCutting centers, will mark its 20th anniversary with a special event at its campus in Kent, Wash., on Aug. 20, 2013. The event will feature the latest advancements in waterjet... Read more...

Article

May 7, 2013
Etching 3-D images with an abrasive waterjet
Abrasive waterjet (AWJ) cutting is performed with a stream of very fast-moving abrasive particles that are not easily deflected or stopped. As a result, AWJ cutting generally is considered a through-cutting technology that is not well-suited... Read more...

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March 13, 2013
OMAX recognized for leadership in educational outreach
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., a designer and manufacturer of advanced abrasive waterjet technology, has received the inaugural Inspire Award from the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA). The award acknowledges the company's leadership... Read more...

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January 7, 2013
2-D + 3-D = 5-axis waterjet cutting
While five-axis operations such as bevel cutting and other weld prep operations have been possible on abrasive waterjet machines for some time, the capability to process 3-D parts such as tubes and pipes on the same waterjet is relatively new.... Read more...

Product

December 4, 2012
Waterjet pump runs 1,000 hours between required rebuilds
OMAX® Corp. offers the EnduroMAX® pump for its JetMachining® centers. According to the manufacturer, the pump runs 1,000 hours at 55,000 PSI between required rebuilds. It also can run continuously at 60,000 PSI and is available in... Read more...

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October 16, 2012
Abrasive waterjet system handles multiple-part projects
OMAX® Corp. offers the 80X JetMachining® center. It features an X-Y cutting travel of 13 ft. 4 in. by 6 ft. 8 in., making it suitable for cutting large-scale components or multiple-part projects. The system can machine complex parts... Read more...

News

October 15, 2012
OMAX Corp. adding 22,000-sq.-ft. building to headquarters
Abrasive waterjet system manufacturer OMAX® Corp. is adding a 22,000-sq.-ft. building to its manufacturing and corporate headquarters campus in Kent, Wash. When the expansion is completed in October 2012, the campus will encompass 130,000 sq.... Read more...

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October 15, 2012
Monitoring system lets operators analyze waterjet machine parameters
OMAX® Corp. offers the new Intelli-VISOR™ system monitoring package to oversee the status and performance of the company's JetMachining® abrasive waterjet machines throughout the cutting process. The system connects operation... Read more...

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September 25, 2012
Abrasive waterjet cuts small, complex parts out of most materials
Suitable for short-run part production, JIT manufacturing, and prototype development, the OMAX® 2626 JetMachining Center is a cantilever-style waterjet machine with a footprint of 6 ft. by 9 ft. 8 in. The machine can cut parts from... Read more...

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September 18, 2012
OMAX Corp. expands headquarters
OMAX® Corp., manufacturer of abrasive waterjet machines and accessories, has announced plans to expand its Kent, Wash., facility with a new, 22,000-sq.-ft. building. The building expansion allows for a dedicated training space, including a... Read more...

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September 13, 2012
OMAX named to Inc. 500|5000 list for second time
OMAX® Corp., designer and manufacturer of abrasive waterjet machines and accessories in Kent. Wash., has been named to Inc. magazine's 500|5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This marks the second time the company has... Read more...

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August 15, 2012
Abrasivejet machines handle low- to high-volume production
OMAX® Corp. will demonstrate abrasive waterjet machining technology at FABTECH Intl. Cutting materials from composites to rubber to titanium, the abrasivejet machines handle low- and high-volume production for shops of all sizes in all... Read more...

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July 10, 2012
OMAX® appoints two regional sales managers
Abrasive waterjet manufacturer OMAX Corp., Kent. Wash., has expanded its sales force to include two new regional managers: Dustin Grim and John Leszczyna. Grim is responsible for Indiana and southern Illinois, and Leszczyna handles Alabama,... Read more...

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June 14, 2012
OMAX launches mobile websites
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., a designer and manufacturer of abrasive waterjet machines and accessories, has launched new mobile websites for its OMAX and MAXIEM® product lines. The content-rich sites, viewable at www.omax.com and... Read more...

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June 12, 2012
Abrasive waterjet cutting machines featured at tradeshow
OMAX™ Corp. will present live demonstrations of its abrasive waterjet cutting machines and accessories at IMTS 2012. Operating at the show will be a 6.7- by 20-ft., production-oriented OMAX 80X-1 Dual Bridge JetMachining... Read more...

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May 16, 2012
OMAX appoints vice president of product engineering
Abrasive waterjet system manufacturer OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., has hired Doug Kelley as its new vice president of product engineering. Kelley has spent more than 30 years as an engineer for a variety of global high-tech industries,... Read more...

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March 22, 2012
OMAX Corp., ICAM collaborate on multiple CAM interfaces
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., and ICAM Technologies Corp., Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, are working together to provide manufacturers with NC postprocessing software that connects OMAX and MAXIEM® abrasive waterjet machines with all major... Read more...

Product

January 23, 2012
Abrasive waterjet machine cuts complex parts from most materials without setup change
OMAX® Corp. offers the MAXIEM® 1530 JetCutting center. It has a table size of 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 9 in. and an XY cutting travel of 10 ft. 2 in. by 5 ft. 2 in. The abrasive waterjet machine can cut complex parts out of most... Read more...

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November 7, 2011
Models added to abrasive waterjet line
MAXIEM Waterjets, a division of OMAX® Corp., has added 16 new abrasive waterjet machines to its line of JetCutting centers. The 2000, 3000, and 4000 series employ the same 50,000-PSI, direct-drive pump technology as OMAX's JetMachining®... Read more...

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May 2, 2011
Mobile abrasive waterjet system mounted to steel base with forklift access points
OMAX® Corp. has developed mobile JetMachining® centers for oil field maintenance, high-rise steel construction, shipbuilding, and commercial industries supporting government programs. The abrasive waterjet machines are mounted to a... Read more...

Article

January 24, 2011
Tube, pipe cutting equipment - Part I
Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a two-part series. Part I covers developments in saws and waterjet machines. Part II deals with lasers and plasma cutting machines. For metal fabricators that work with sheet... Read more...

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January 17, 2011
A primer on waterjet accessories
Over the past several years, significant changes have taken place in the realm of waterjets. Machines have become more accurate; more features have broadened their applicability; and most important for many manufacturers, the... Read more...

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November 8, 2010
Waterjet pump can run continuously at 60,000 PSI
OMAX® Corp. has developed the new EnduroMAX™ pump for its JetMachining® centers. The pump runs at 55,000 PSI for 1,000 hours between required pump rebuilds, the company reports. It also can run continuously at 60,000 PSI. The... Read more...

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October 18, 2010
Abrasive waterjet machine's traction drive system designed to handle abrasive environment
OMAX® Corp. offers the MAXIEM® 0707 abrasive waterjet system. It is equipped with a 30-HP, high-pressure, direct-drive, 50,000-PSI pump and Intelli-MAX® software. The machine also integrates a patent-pending X- and Y-axis traction drive system... Read more...

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September 7, 2010
Abrasive waterjet line expanded
OMAX® Corp. has added the MAXIEM® 2040 and MAXIEM 0707 to its line of abrasive waterjet machines. The machines are made in the U.S., and all models incorporate 50,000-PSI, direct-drive pump technology. The pumps deliver more cutting... Read more...

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March 1, 2010
Going 3-D: A matter of control
The abrasive waterjet has attributes unique among cutting technologies. The jet spreads ever so slightly, which creates a tapered cut that becomes especially pronounced on thick material. The slower the jet, the more it diverges to create a... Read more...

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March 1, 2010
Waterjet bevel cutting made easy
The abrasive waterjet (AWJ) industry continues to add features and capabilities that make abrasive waterjet cutting a more useful technology for fabricating shops. Among the latest enhancements is an easy-to-program system and tilting head for... Read more...

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December 15, 2009
Newer linear-drive technology improves waterjet accuracy, reduces costs
Previous articles I've written about waterjet cutting have covered the extremely wide range of parts modern abrasive waterjet cutting systems can produce. They also have explained how part accuracy has been dramatically improved by a better... Read more...

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October 13, 2009
Articulated waterjet cutting head allows nozzle tilting of 0 to 60 degrees from vertical position
OMAX® has introduced the new A-Jet™ articulated jet cutting head. It cuts accurate beveled edges at angles determined by the machine operator or part program. Controlled by the company's proprietary Intelli-MAX® software, the... Read more...

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June 23, 2009
Entry-level waterjets introduced
OMAX® has introduced MAXIEM, a new brand of waterjets. Manufactured entirely in the U.S., the new line is designed to integrate proven technologies in a cost-efficient package, providing users with an affordable, productive solution, the... Read more...

News

May 18, 2009
OMAX announces settlement in patent litigation
OMAX has announced the settlement of the outstanding patent litigation with Flow Corporation, along with the cessation of merger negotiations with the company. "Due to the risks and difficulties of obtaining financing inherent in today's capital... Read more...

Article

May 12, 2009
Making waterjet-cut parts more fatigue-resistant
Parts that are highly stressed with cycling loads are subject to failure by metal fatigue. The surface produced by waterjet cutting often has striations that contribute to early failure by fatigue. This article describes the factors that... Read more...

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March 10, 2009
OMAX Corp. wins $3.75 million order from U.S. Air Force
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., has announced the sale of 16 units of its 55100 JetMachining® Center to the U.S. Air Force. The sale, estimated at $3.75 million, was completed in partnership with Phillips Corp. –Federal Division, OMAX's... Read more...

Product

November 11, 2008
Abrasive waterjet system features traction drive and allows cutting envelope expansion
OMAX® Corp.'s 80X JetMachining® Center is designed with a footprint of 265 in. by 152 in. The system—suitable for large-scale, precision machining of large or multiple parts—lis equipped with Intelli-TRAX, a traction drive... Read more...

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October 14, 2008
Green cutting with waterjets
Are you being green when operating your abrasive jet? Can you feel righteous—like someone getting 40+ MPG in his car—or should you feel a bit guilty about enjoying your high productivity? What are the environmental impacts of... Read more...

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July 15, 2008
Safety in jet cutting
All cutting equipment has cutting tools that can cut or otherwise harm humans. The cutting jet itself is the most conspicuous hazard in jet cutting, but there are other hazards to watch for as well. Some of these are unique to jet cutting, and... Read more...

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February 12, 2008
Waterjet makes it into the mainstream
Abrasive waterjet cutting could be on the cusp of something big. For years metal fabricators viewed it as a niche machine, something to buy only when a part couldn't be cut any other way. But in many cases today it stands shoulder-to-shoulder... Read more...

News

October 9, 2007
OMAX names sales representative for Mexico
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., has appointed Miguel Cervantes as sales representative for Mexico. Cervantes is responsible for introducing abrasive waterjet technology to the Mexican machining industry and seeks to expand the company's presence... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
Waterjet control software runs on Vista operating system
OMAX® Corp.'s patented control software for abrasive waterjet machines runs on the Windows® Vista operating system. Version 11 of the software supports the company's Intelli-MAX® technologies and includes DWF and PDF file importing,... Read more...

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September 11, 2007
OMAX appoints head of R&D
OMAX® Corp., Kent, Wash., a manufacturer of abrasive waterjet systems, has appointed Axel Henning as head of research and development. Henning, who has a background in production and quality engineering, is responsible for introducing... Read more...

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August 8, 2007
Jet cutting accessories
Many shops today, from R&D companies that make a few parts per week to production shops that run 24/7 making hundreds of parts per day, use waterjet cutting. Part sizes range from a fraction of an inch to many feet. These shops have... Read more...

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June 12, 2007
Recent developments in abrasive jet software
Software serves two functions in abrasive waterjet machining. First, software generally referred to as CAD/CAM is used to transform the design intent into a tool path. This type of software has improved rapidly, and multiple vendors serve this... Read more...

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February 13, 2007
Economic considerations when purchasing a jet cutting machine
The purpose in buying machinery is to make money with it. Buying nothing costs nothing, but makes no money. A premium jet cutting machine costs more than a standard machine, but the better machine usually is designed to enhance productivity.... Read more...

Product

February 13, 2007
Abrasive jet machine suitable for precision medical device production
OMAX will use its 2626| xp JetMachining® Center to demonstrate abrasivejet machining at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show and MD&M West 2007. The machine is capable of up to ±0.001 in. positioning accuracy over the entirety of... Read more...

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October 10, 2006
Machine components you can fabricate with an abrasive jet
Figure 1 Lathe Screw Cutting Drive Train An article published previously on thefabricator.com, How one shop benefited from abrasive waterjet technology , presented novel construction techniques that can be implemented effectively... Read more...

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May 9, 2006
What you need to know about high-pressure equipment
Abrasive and waterjet cutting equipment operates at pressures up to 60,000 pounds per square inch (PSI). Most shops have no other equipment operating at such high pressures and little experience working with high pressure. This article explains... Read more...

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January 10, 2006
Fixturing for abrasive jet machining
Abrasive jets are used for machining many materials and parts. Workpieces that can be abrasive jet-machined range from glass artwork to high-precision stamping dies. No known fixture serves all applications. Like most other machine tools,... Read more...

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July 12, 2005
How one shop benefited from abrasive waterjet technology
Figure 1 Triplex Systems manufacturers this casting cleaning cabinet for the investment casting industry. Editor's Note: Dr. Olsen has authored several articles for thefabricator.com about abrasive wate jet cutting technology. These... Read more...

Product

May 10, 2005
Waterjet system delivers up to 55,000 PSI
The 2652 JetMachining® Center from Omax® cuts standard-size steel and aluminum sheets. It has a direct-drive, high-pressure water pump capable of pressurizing water to as high as 55,000 PSI. The Tilt-A-Jet® feature tilts the waterjet... Read more...

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April 11, 2005
Rising to great heights in Great Falls
Some fabrication projects come around only once in a blue moon. If a project is commemorative of the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition, it comes around only once in 200 years. Such was the case with a large and lofty... Read more...

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March 8, 2005
Abrasive Jet Mechanics
Figure 1 Abrasive jet users need in-depth knowledge of nozzle mechanics, either for practical reasons, or simply to have the satisfaction of knowing what their machines really are doing. Two types of information fabricators need are... Read more...

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May 4, 2004
Designing for abrasive waterjet fabrication
Designers need to be familiar with some abrasive waterjet machining features to minimize overall cost. Some of these concepts also may apply to laser, plasma and oxyfuel cutting. Drafting Practices All projects begin with a design, which... Read more...

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January 13, 2004
Improving waterjet cutting precision by eliminating taper
The balance between waterjet cutting production rate and part precision always has been difficult to achieve because of the jet's complex behavior. Because its shape at any point along the tool path is a result of multiple independent variables... Read more...

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September 10, 2003
Pumps for abrasive jet cutting
This is the last of four articles intended to help a prospective buyer evaluate the wide range of abrasive jet machinery on the market. The first article covers the abrasive jet process itself in comparison with other cutting processes to help... Read more...

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June 26, 2003
Selecting a table for abrasive jet machining
Editor's Note: This article is the third in a series intended to help a prospective user evaluate abrasive jet machinery. The first article, Buying an abrasive jet machine , compared the abrasive jet process with other cutting processes. The... Read more...

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March 13, 2003
Software for abrasive water jet machines
Editor's note: This is the second of four articles intended to help a prospective buyer evaluate the wide range of abrasive jet machinery on the market. The first article, H2Olsen: Buying an abrasive jet machine: Is the process right for you?... Read more...

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April 15, 2002
H2Olsen: Buying an abrasive jet machine. Is the process right for you?
"If you need a machine and don't buy it, then you will ultimately find you have paid for it but don't have it" — Henry Ford A variety of machines are available on the market, so choosing the right machine for your particular... Read more...

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July 12, 2001
Not your father's abrasive jet
Fifteen or 20 years ago abrasive jet was the technology of last resort for severing difficult materials that could be cut no other way. These units were crude, noisy, and dirty. A nozzle was hung on an X-Y burning table and the resulting... Read more...