An OMAX 55100 abrasive waterjet from Headland Machinery is expanding the scope of capabilities for students at Deakin University’s CADET project (Centre for Advanced Engineering and Technology). The acquisition of the new waterjet is expected to assist industry and CADET students in research, product development and process refinement.

Craig McGill, technical manager for the School of Engineering and Design explains that they look after students from primary school to PhD and also service the research and industry engagement sectors. The OMAX 55100 shows huge potential for the CADET project because it will be used to make parts for scientific research as well as samples for research testing. Additionally, through knowledge transfer activities, it will assist manufacturers develop ways that such technologies can be utilised in concert with other subtractive and additive technologies to identify process improvements.

The OMAX 55100 is the only waterjet on the Deakin campus and is used across multiple streams, from mechanical engineering, civil engineering and design to material sciences. Considered as the most versatile of abrasive waterjets available, the OMAX 55100 is used with accessories such as the A-Jet 5-axis system, drill head and rotary axis to remove any limitation on scope of work.

The waterjet will allow students to cut non-ferrous materials such as carbon fibre, which wouldn’t be possible without the OMAX system. A robust and reliable machine for using larger stock, the OMAX 55100 has a table size of 3200mm x 1650mm, gets the job done rapidly and precisely, and maximises machine time and minimises costs.

Deakin had previously purchased a Makino Wire EDM and Nakamura-Tome AS200 from Headland Machinery for the CADET project. With the added features and accuracy of the OMAX system, Craig says the abrasive waterjet machining centre will help alleviate some of the pressure on the Wire EDM.

Matthew Weaver, Headland’s Waterjet specialist says giving students the opportunity to work with world class machinery such as OMAX abrasive waterjets will benefit the future of the manufacturing industry. He added that increasing the awareness of students to the abilities of abrasive waterjet machining will prepare them for the manufacturing industry of the future.