Omax Celebrates Anniversary, New Products at Open House
The manufacturer of waterjet cutting solutions marked its 25 years in business with demonstrations of its products, including new additions that have enabled the company to expand its reach.
Omax had more to celebrate at its recent open-house event than its 25 years of business. In addition to its original Omax line of waterjets and its customizable Maxiem solutions, the company showcased its newest product offerings, which include the GlobalMax JetMachining center for international markets as well as the Protomax personal abrasive waterjet designed for prototyping. The compact, self-installed Protomax is designed for prototyping and other forms of low-volume cutting. It can cut anything the company’s larger models can cut, including glass and 1-inch stainless steel, albeit a little slower. These two new product lines enable new groups of users to experience these benefits, including those in international markets, job shops, the maker movement and classrooms.
The anniversary event included tours of the company’s 225,000-square-foot facility in Kent, Washington, where it produces waterjet machines. According to Vice President of Marketing Stephen Bruner, Omax makes 70 to 80 percent of the parts for its machines in house. These parts are made on a combination of traditional machine tools and the company’s own waterjet machines, illustrating how shops can use waterjet technology as a complement to other methods of metalcutting.
Demonstrations included the A-Jet cutting head, which has five-axis capabilities to produce bevels, and waterjet software products, which include Layout for creating 2D parts and tool paths, Intelli-CAM for 3D models and tool paths, and Make for loading tool paths onto the machine and cutting. Visitors also made stops at Omax’s classrooms and labs, which are used for training technicians and customers, and its separate shop for R&D and custom machines.
According to the company, waterjet cutting has many advantages including its relative quietness and cleanliness when cutting under water, the fact that it does not create a heat-affected zone and the simplicity of the workholding, which Mr. Bruner says can include weights and clamps instead of the precision fixturing required for complex metalcutting methods.