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Economical Compact Waterjet Cutting for Prototypes and Low-Volume Work

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
 

During FABTECH 2017, Omax Corp. debuted the unique ProtoMax abrasive-waterjet machine, designed for prototyping, light industry, technical education, artists and the maker movement. Its show-floor demonstration drew a large, inquisitive crowd at FABTECH, especially those looking to cost effectively explore waterjet-cutting technology as an addition to their fabricating businesses.

The ProtoMax, a compact, self-installed waterjet cutting machine, is ideal for prototyping and relatively low-volume cutting of almost any material less than 2 in. thick. It brings all the versatility benefits of large abrasive-waterjet cutters in a compact package that can well-serve small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces and personal use, according to Omax officials. It also can be an ideal addition for large shops and fabricators that need occasional waterjet capabilities to complement other cutting capabilities.

Delivering 30,000-psi cutting power with a 5-hp pump, the ProtoMax provides precision cutting with no heat-affected zone and no change to the material properties. The waterjet plugs into a 240-V AC dryer-style outlet and does not require hardwiring. The pump and cutting table rest on casters for simple relocation. Work material submerges in water for clean, quiet cutting that won’t disrupt a shared workspace.

Intelli-Max software controls programming of part files and the cutting operation.

“It’s easy to program even complex paths on the ProtoMax,” says Stephen Bruner, Omax vice president of marketing. “We’ve taken many of the same popular CAD/CAM software features that we use in our industrial waterjet systems and incorporated them into this machine. Behind the scenes, the software uses sophisticated waterjet cutting models that predict the jet’s precise behavior when cutting different materials, thicknesses and shapes. But the user interface is simple and straightforward, making it an ideal learning tool for computer-aided manufacturing.”

Omax launched www.protomax.com, which includes machine information and specifications, design ideas, frequently asked questions, and a community section to support ProtoMax enthusiasts.

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As seen in Fabricating Product News: Omax Corporation