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REFORM research highlighted during waterjet open house

Posted on 31 January 2013

Over 100 manufacturers visited the University of Sheffield in January to find out about the capabilities of its giant new waterjet machine.

The AMRC’s GCM-series machine is a giant gantry-style composite milling centre combining WardJet’s proven waterjet technology with high-speed five-axis machining, providing highly efficient and flexible cutting of composites and metals. With over 1.5 metres of vertical travel for the cutting head and four metres of cross-beam travel, it is one of the world’s largest combined waterjet-machining centres.

“We are exploring different processes such as waterjet cleaning, milling and drilling, and also investigating ways to increase the power of the waterjet,” says Dr Gustavo Escobar, waterjet project manager at the AMRC with Boeing. “This will increase productivity, and allow precision cutting to accuracies of a few microns. We want to bring the waterjet process closer, in terms of accuracy and surface quality, to competing technologies such as conventional machining and wire EDM.”

Full information and video is available on the AMRC website
 

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