OMAX Corporation has released the new ProtoMAX abrasive waterjet, a compact, self-installed cutting system ideally suited for prototyping and relatively low volume cutting of almost any material under 2" thick.
The ProtoMAX brings all the versatility benefits of large abrasive waterjet cutters in a sleek and economic package that's perfect for small job shops, engineering classrooms, makerspaces, and personal use. It's also a handy addition for large shops and fabricators that need occasional waterjet capabilities to complement their other cutting systems.
Though compact, the ProtoMAX delivers 30,000 psi cutting power with a 5 hp pump and can precision cut material under 2" thick of almost any type, from metal to composites, glass to granite, plastic to wood, and more.
The ProtoMAX cuts with no heat-affected zone and no change to the material properties. The waterjet plugs into a 240V AC dryer-style outlet and does not require any hardwiring. The pump and cutting table are on casters for easy relocation. Work material is submerged under water for clean, quiet cutting that won't disrupt a shared work space.
The programming of part files and the cutting operation are controlled by Intelli-MAX software. Vice president of marketing at OMAX Corporation Stephen Bruner comments, "It's easy to program even complex paths on the ProtoMAX. We've taken many of the same popular CAD/CAM software features that we use in our industrial waterjet systems and incorporated it into the compact ProtoMAX waterjet."
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