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OMAX 20th Anniversary draws 600

OMAX Corp. welcomed nearly 600 customers, friends, family and guests from across the country at its “Shape the Future” 20th anniversary open house and technology event. In addition to live cutting demonstrations and interactive technical sessions, the event featured tours of OMAX’s recently expanded, manufacturing facility in Kent, Wash.

The event included the introduction of the MicroMAX JetMachining Center, which cuts parts or part features smaller than 400 microns from a range of thicknesses and materials, including exotic metals, advanced composites, polymer thermoplastics and glass. 

At the event, OMAX also launched a new version of its Intelli-MAX Software Suite, an intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the tool paths of the company’s advanced abrasive waterjet systems. 

OMAX’s new 22,000-square-foot building expansion extends the company’s training, R&D and engineering capabilities. The campus now encompasses 130,000 sq. ft. of space spread across three buildings.

During the OMAX 20th Anniversary celebration, attendees listened to special guest presentations on abrasive waterjet cutting applications. USMC Gunnery Sgt. Matt Wolfe discussed how abrasive waterjet cutting technology was deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Military personnel used the portable abrasive waterjet cutting to fabricate parts less than 10 miles from where they would be used.

Dr. Robin Coope, group leader for instrumentation at the British Columbia Cancer Agency’s Genome Sciences Centre, gave a presentation on how his team uses OMAX machines in the fight against cancer, specifically to manufacture parts for Barracuda, a robot that automates the selecting of a particular size of DNA strands to put into sequencing machines.

Steve Folin, founder and owner of Rickard Engineering & Design, shared how his investment in MAXIEM JetCutting Centers expanded his shop’s capabilities and increased productivity.

Students of Aviation High School’s FIRST Robotics team wowed the crowd with their robot, which was built using OMAX’s advanced abrasive waterjet technology. Additionally, members of Brian Hough Racing were on hand showing how OMAX abrasive waterjet technology was used in the development and maintenance of the team’s Alcohol Funny Car.

For more details about the event, click here .

Omax Event
OMAX co-founder and CEO Dr. John Cheung (speaking), along with (from left) software engineering manager Carl Olsen, CFO Jim O'Connor and co-founder and VP of operations Dr. John Olsen, addresses attendees at the 20th Anniversary open house and technology event.

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