Laser-Waterjet

Laser cutting is a method of cutting material using the energy of a highly concentrated beam of light. The beam of light is generated by a high-power laser, using optics to direct the beam to the workpiece. The laser beam melts, burns or vaporizes a very narrow slit through the material. Laser cutters are often applied to flat sheets or to formed pieces or tubes. Laser technology can also be used for welding, cladding, vapor deposition, engraving, trimming, annealing, heat treating and hardening.

Waterjet is a method of cutting material that uses the energy of highly pressurized water. Under as much as 90,000 psi, a fine stream of water passes through a nozzle with a very small orifice. The force of the water stream is sufficient to penetrate and cut softer materials. To cut harder, denser materials, an abrasive powder (usually garnet) is introduced into the stream.

International Mold Corporation’s waterjet goes to work on a set of shims. Since installation three years ago, the machine has been employed for manifolds, ejector plates, wear plates, gibs, fixtures and various other parts.

Waterjet Blasts Away 2D Tedium

A shop finds an alternative for work that does not require advanced CNC machining centers or high levels of moldmaking expertise.  

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.

New Product Announcements

A 12-kW Fiber Laser Increases Productivity on Bystronic's ByStar Fiber Machine

Bystronic has introduced the ByStar Fiber with a stronger 12-kW fiber laser enabling use of the BeamShaper option, which is designed to ensure consistent cutting quality on varied materials up to 1.125" in thickness.



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Today the laser plays a vital role in many areas, including research, communication, industry, medicine, environmental care and, of course, manufactu...

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