Modern Machine Shop
The 80X JetMachining center from Omax is designed to cut a variety of materials, including ceramics, composites, plastic, glass and stone, as well as metals such as aluminum, tool steel, stainless steel, mild steel and titanium with an accuracy of motion ranging to ±0.003" (0.076 mm).
The large-format machine is equipped with a Tilt-A-Jet taper-removal cutting head and the company’s EnduroMax direct-drive technology. It is designed for large-scale precision machining of larger or multiple parts and is equipped with an Intelli-Trax traction drive that enables expansion of the cutting envelope in increments of about 6 ft. The drive is fully enclosed inside coated steel covers, making the machine well-suited to harsh environments, the company says. In addition, the traction drive enables faster traverse speeds, which reduce the throughput times when machining multiple and nested parts.
The machine has an X-Y cutting travel of 165" × 80" (4,191 × 2,032 mm) and is equipped with the company’s Intelli-Max software suite, which can calculate the precision of a tool path at more than 2,000 points per inch, enabling control over the motion of an abrasivejet and precise, rapid machining.
The unit features an EnduroMax pump, which maximizes machine uptime with its 1,000-hour operating range between required pump rebuilds when run at 55,000 psi (3,800 bar). The pump also can run continuously at 60,000 psi (4,100 bar), and operates at higher efficiency than common intensifier pumps, the company says. It also delivers more horsepower to the nozzle while using less electricity than intensifier pumps.