In-person fabrication is OPEN for the water jet by consultation. See our most recent COVID operations here.

EMAIL maker-waterjet@engr.wisc.edu FOR SPECIFIC HELP ON THIS EQUIPMENT

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Equipment Specs


Make Model Qty Type and Features Permit Required
OMAX protoMAX 1 12×12” bed waterjet cutter Red


[-] The Following Materials (up to 1” thick) May be Cut:

  • Nearly any metal (Steel, brass, aluminum, copper, titanium, etc.)
  • Most kinds of stone
  • Most kinds of plastic
  • Most kinds of non-tempered glass
  • Well bonded laminates such as most carbon fiber

Cannot be Cut:

  • Tempered glass (shatters when cut, or shortly thereafter)
  • Some super hard ceramics such as Alumina (cuts too slow to be practical)

Other Notes:

  • Materials considered hazardous should not be cut (lead, etc.).


The Omax Layout and Make software is installed on the CAE computers in the Makerspace + on the laptop that student staff use to run the waterjet. You can also download it for free on your Windows computer here to learn / use the software ahead of time.

Note that you can also import 2D drawings into Layout from CAD, Illustrator, etc.

Software tutorials:

  • Layout software here.
  • Make software here.