Alternatives to conventional machining methods continue to gain a foothold in the marketplace, and the U.S. Air Force is not oblivious to this trend. The Air Force recently purchased 16 units of Omax’s 55100 JetMachining Center after evaluating the potential benefits of waterjet machining.
Advantages over traditional machining revealed by that evaluation include a 20-percent waste reduction; an 80-percent cycle time reduction; a 60-percent tooling cost reduction; and increased operator safety. Designed for large-part machining, the waterjet accommodates sheets of material as large as 5 by 10 feet. According to Omax, it can cut complex, flat parts from a wide variety of materials commonly used in high-precision machining.