• Cutting Glass With A Waterjet

    Cutting Glass With CNC Waterjets

    Cutting glass has always presented a unique challenge.

    CNC Waterjet Cutting Glass

    Two layer laminated glass cut using WaterJet technology

    Glass is a hard material composed of sand and an alkali metal that at a high temperature become fused together. It is considered to be an amorphous or non-crystalline material which is characterized by unique physical properties. Due to its brittle nature glass fragments easily as can be seen from the ease by which it shatters. Accompanying its brittle qualities, it is characteristically a very hard material.

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  • 6 Advantages of CNC Machining Over Conventional Machining

    6 advantages of cnc machining

    Do you use conventional machines in your personal shop or business? They do have some benefits, but so do CNC machines. If you’re considering adding a CNC machine to your production processes, we’ve put together some reasons why you may or may not want to:

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  • 5-Axis WaterJet Machining: Opening a Wealth of Opportunities

    5-Axis Waterjet

    product-wj22With the revolutionary 5-Axis CNC cutting technology gaining momentum in the marketplace, many shops are transitioning to 5-Axis WaterJet CNC machining systems to satisfy a broad range of cutting needs. As the name suggests, 5-Axis CNC cutting allows the WaterJet machine to maneuver at five different axes simultaneously, which is a feature that has drastically changed the landscape of the CNC cutting marketplace. This feature differs from a more standard WaterJet device which moves along only 3 axes (X,Y,Z). 5-Axis technology gives machines the ability to create complex shapes in a single set up, ultimately enhancing production levels. This increase in efficiency is especially evident in waterjet machinery.

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  • Maintaining Your Tool Holder and Collet

    Maintaining your tool holder and collet

    The tool holder and collet are critical parts of the machine that are often overlooked for maintenance. We will discuss the parts of the collet and nut style tool holders, also how to look out for wear and tear.

    Parts of the tool holder include:

    ColletTaper – conical shaped area of the tool holder that enters the spindle when changing the tool

    Pull studs – screws into the top portion of the taper

    V-flange – part of the tool holder that the automatic tool changer locks into when moving the tool from the tool changer to the spindle and vice versa

    Collet pocket, collet and nut – the collet is inserted into the collet pocket and subsequently secured by a collet nut.

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  • How to Create the Right Warm-Up Routine for Your CNC Machine

    CNC Plasma Machine

    Think of your favorite athlete. While you rarely see them warming up on TV, every professional athlete has a warm-up routine they use. If they don’t, they risk injury, and they often don’t perform as well during the contest. Though not human, your CNC machine works the same way and needs a warm-up routine of […]

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  • What To Do When Your CNC Machine Goes Down

    CNC Machine

    It’s your worst nightmare when running your CNC machine. You’re chugging along, happy with your productivity. Maybe even excited because you know you’re going to have something good to show your boss. And then your machine stops doing anything. Or, maybe your CNC machine didn’t even start up in the first place. It happens because […]

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  • 5-Axis Routing Benefits and Applications

    5 Axis Routing Benefits and Applications

    Boasting 5-axis technology, the 8000 series router opens you up to a wide range of possibilities you never thought possible on your CNC router. In addition to the standard 3 axes on routers (X, Y, and Z) the 8000 series has an A and a C axis. These additional two axes allow for a larger range of motion that creates many new applications. This enables the router to now rotate in 90% increments, meaning that the machine can work on all four sides of a piece of material as well as vertical machining from the top.

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  • 4 Factors Affecting Quality of Waterjet at the Cutting Head

    Cutting Head

     

    There are multiple factors that determine the precision of the overall waterjet stream. For quality at the cutting head only, these features should be considered for successful abrasive waterjet cutting:

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  • Safety Practices for CNC Plasma Cutting

    Plasma Cutting

    A few helpful tips to keep you and your machine safe

    product-plasma22CNC plasma cutting is an incredibly efficient process that can be very useful to shops looking to increase the productivity of their current manufacturing operations. But as with any industrial cutting procedure there are some useful guidelines to follow in order to ensure the safety of your workers and workspace. Although some tips may be obvious, it is always wise to review them with the machine operators in order to guarantee safety. Here are some useful tips to remember:

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  • CNC Vendors vs. System Partners

    The Difference between CNC Vendors and System Partners

    Sign Media recently posted a great blog for all Sign Makers, in which they go into the key differences between a simple CNC Vendor, and a systems partner. We’ve summarized the article below but feel free to read the whole article here: http://www.signmedia.ca/routers-the-difference-between-cnc-vendors-and-system-partners/2/

    In the sign equipment market, there are vendors and there are system partners. A CNC vendor’s role is to simply supply equipment and parts, however the role of the latter is to work with sign businesses for the greater good of the industry. This is the type of relationship that ideally every sign company should require of their suppliers.

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