Abrasive Waterjet

With our OMAX abrasive waterjet we can provide complex cutting of virtually any material. This state-of-the-art technology offers flexibility and fast-turnaround from prototype to production.

Flexibility & Speed

  •  Precise, intricate shapes with tolerances of .003
  •  No burrs, stresses or heat-affected zones
  •  Prototypes, production or limited runs on short notice
  •  Smooth edges need no secondary processing
  •  Production directly from .DXF files
  •  Close part nesting assures maximum yield
  •  Cuts virtually any material

Accuracy & Repeatability

Get the results you need with technology that cuts smooth, precise edges in any two dimensional shape Our OMAX JetMachining Center is perfect for virtually any job requiring maximum material yield with minimal waste. Call us to discuss your specifications.

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Overview

Abrasivejet machining first started in 1982. Before abrasivejets, there were waterjets which have been in use since 1970.

Abrasivejet machining is widely popular in industries such as the automobile, aerospace, and glass to create precision parts from virtually any material.

An abrasivejet pressurizes water up to 55,000 pounds per square inch (psi) [379,000 kilopascals (kPa)] and then forces it through a small sapphire or diamond orifice at 2500 feet (762 meters) per second, or about two and half times the speed of sound.

Garnet abrasive is then pulled into this high-speed stream of water, and mixed with the water in a long composite carbide mixing tube. A stream of abrasive-laden water moving at 1000 feet per second (305 meters/sec) exits the ceramic tube. This jet of water and abrasive is then directed at the material to be machined. The jet drags the abrasive through the material in a curved path and the resulting centrifugal forces press the particles against the work piece. Abrasivejet machinings' cutting action is a grinding process, but rather than using a solid grinding wheel, the forces and motions of the cutting action are provided by water.