Small Waterjet Operates Quietly in Machine Shop Support Role
Eastec 2019: Omax will present the ProtoMax designed to cut through nearly any material, including aluminum, titanium, stone, carbon fiber and G10 composite.
Omax will present the ProtoMax designed to cut through nearly any material, including aluminum, titanium, stone, carbon fiber and G10 composite. The compact machine footprint combined with its versatility makes the abrasive waterjet well-suited to prototyping, educational applications or as a complementary machine in a larger machine shop. The pump and cutting table are on casters to ease relocation. Work material is submerged under water for quiet cutting, at approximately 76 dB.
Though compact, the ProtoMax delivers 30,000 psi of cutting power with a 5-hp pump. Like all Omax abrasive waterjets, the ProtoMax is designed to cut with no heat-affected zone and no change to the material properties. The waterjet plugs into a 240-V AC outlet and does not require any hardwiring.
Machine with abrasive waterjet and control the depth of cut. For the right parts, this fledgling process may offer a compelling alternative.
Contributed by Hypertherm (West Lebanon, New Hampshire). The company designs and manufactures plasma cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes handheld and mechanized plasma systems and consumables, as well as CNC motion and height controls.
At first, abrasive waterjet machines were naturally at home in the fabricating shop. Today, certain models resemble a typical, fully enclosed CNC machine and they fit well in a machining job shop setting.