Consort’s abrasive waterjet machines will cut virtually any material in any thickness into intricate and simple shapes, with exacting precision. The following is a list of the materials we often work with. Wondering about cutting a material we haven’t mentioned? Give us a call at (800)525-6424 to talk to one of our designers about your project.
Carbon Fiber – Reinforced Plastics
Cutting this advanced material is a major growth area for OMAX systems. The material cuts very quickly and cleanly and the OMAX abrasive jet system is now widely used in applications from aerospace components to race cars, from NASA to NASCAR.
Glass – Reinforced Plastics
Fiberglass can be cut quickly and cleanly without hazardous dust or fumes by simply submerging the material during cutting.
Other – Reinforced Plastics
Any fiber-reinforced material, including Kevlar reinforced personnel armor, can be quickly and cleanly cut on an OMAX waterjet.
Woodworking is another application that abrasive waterjetmachining can be used for. Since wood is a softer material compared to steel, almost all wood can be cut, and the abrasive particles sand the surface, leaving a smooth finish that doesn’t require sanding.
Our OMAX waterjet machines will cut all grades of steel, producing a smooth cut on the edge without burn marks, cracking, excess burr, or other problems typically associated with heat-based cutting or mechanical cutting. The lack of heat affected zone from the abrasivejet means that the heat treatment of the steel is not changed by the cutting process.
All grades of stainless steel can be cut easily on the OMAX, even those such as 304 that are difficult to machine with other processes without heat or distortion. A heat affected zone can weaken integrity of a part and lead to failure. The lack of any HAZ makes the abrasivejet process particularly attractive to those producing food processing and handling equipment or the aerospace industry. Polished or reflective surfaces do not negatively affect the abrasivejet process as they might with a laser cutting system.
Hardened Tool Steel
Tool steel can be cut in a fully hardened state without any change in material properties. More and more tool an die shops are finding the OMAX system to be a valuable addition with close to EDM precision at up to 10 times the speed.
Alloys of All Types
Difficult to machine special superalloys, such as Inconel® and Hastelloy® are easy to cut without heat or distrotion on the OMAX.
Probably more aluminum is cut on OMAX systems than any other metal because it cuts so quickly and cleanly, without any thermal distortion.
The OMAX system is ideal for cutting titanium, which can be a challenging material for conventional machining processes. Titanium can be cut quickly and accurately without any thermal distortion or surface embrittlement. Because titanium is so expensive, considerable cost savings can be obtained by the close nesting parts that is possible with the abrasivejet process in order to reduce waste material.
All grades of copper cut quickly and cleanly on the OMAX without thermal distortion. The reflectivity that may be an issue for lasers is not a problem for an abrasivejet and there is no problem with “gumming” a might occur with conventional mechanical cutting systems.
Brass alloys cut quickly and cleanly with the OMAX abrasivejet process, with no thermal distortion.
The OMAX system is widely used for cutting a wide variety of glass products, from ultra-thin panels for smartphones to thick multi-layered bullet-proof panels for vehicles and buildings to panels for stained glass windows. The OMAX has the capability to perform a low pressure pierce that automatically switches to high pressure mode to continue the tool path. This means that even the most brittle glass can easily be pierced to create a starting point and yet still be cut at maximum speed. The only glass that can’t be cut is tempered glass, designed to shatter into tiny pieces if cut or broken.
The OMAX system can cut stone products of all types. Applications include granite counter tops, quartz blanks for precision mirrors, inlaid marble flooring, decorative wall panels and stone sculptural pieces.
Concrete cuts easily with the OMAX abrasivejet process and application range from inlaid stepping stones to architectural features and sculptural panels.
Most ceramic materials can be cut with an OMAX abrasivjet.
Softer rubber and foam rubber cut easily using a water-only nozzle without abrasive. Fiber-reinforced rubber and very hard rubber can be cut cleanly using the abrasivejet process.
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