Waterjet cutting 101
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How does a waterjet machine work?
Waterjet machine tools use high-pressure pumps to force water through a tiny orifice inside a nozzle, creating a narrow, high velocity jet stream. A computerized motion control system moves the nozzle and the jet stream from the nozzle erodes a thin line from the material.

Pure waterjets (without abrasive) are generally used to cut soft materials like food and foam, while abrasive waterjets are used to cut hard materials like steel. Abrasive waterjets can cut virtually any material, metal and nonmetal, from carbon fiber to copper, glass to granite, titanium to tungsten.

Why OMAX instead of another brand?
OMAX has developed extensive and accurate computer models of its flexible cutting jet in order to highly optimize the patented control software. The result is fast, accurate cutting for all types of shapes and the ability for the operator to make accurate cuts without trial-and-error programming.

What are the basic components of a waterjet?
Waterjet systems can vary, but most are made up of a high-pressure pump, a cutting table that holds the work material, a nozzle that emits the jetstream, an X-Y motion system to move the nozzle and a PC-based controller. OMAX tables are water-filled tanks with slats that hold the material. The material can be submerged under the water, making the cutting quiet and clean. OMAX waterjets have hoppers that hold and dispense abrasives during the cutting process.

What kind of files will the waterjet accept?
To use a waterjet, you need to start with a 2D file, such as a vector graphics of your image. We can help you convert non-accepted file types. Here are the most commonly used file formats.
  • .ai
  • .bmp
  • .cdr
  • .dwg
  • .dxf
  • .eps
  • .jpg/jpeg
  • .pdf
  • .png
  • .scad
  • .svg
  • .xps