Cutting Tool Engineering

December 2012 / IMTS 2012 Roundup


OMAX demonstrates waterjet technology and software
Cutting Tool Engineering
The OMAX 80X series waterjet machine with the optional DualBRIDGE, the MAXIEM 1515 JetCutting Center and the 2626 JetMachining Center.

OMAX Corp., Kent, Wash., offered attendees live cutting demonstrations of the OMAX 80X series waterjet machine with the optional DualBRIDGE, the 2626 JetMachining Center and the Maxiem 1515 JetCutting Center.

OMAX also demonstrated its latest Intelli-MAX software, including new XData features for advanced 6-axis 3-D machining. The new Intelli-MAX 18 control software supports up to six axes of coordinated motion: X, Y and Z linear; two tilting and one rotary. With the enhanced functionality, manufacturers can program and cut 3-D patterns in a multitude of applications, from the peripheries of tubes and pipes and fitting operations to prep cuts and bevels, according to the company. Intelli-MAX 18 provides compatibility for more than two dozen third-party CAM systems, including Mastercam, Catia, Surfcam and Edgecam. The software also allows for more than four dozen file format import options, such as Adobe Illustrator, DXF, DWG, SVG and PDF.

In addition, new programming features expand the capabilities in terms of cutting parametric shapes. Supplied parametric shapes within the software eliminate programming redundancy and simplify production, as well as provide the capability to create shapes that were previously difficult to generate. Another new function allows users to insert, at any point in a toolpath, special commands designated as command numbers representing command strings. This feature is beneficial when programming complex commands such as wrapping an existing 2-D path/pattern around a 3-D part.

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