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.

Reserve a Time Slot for the Waterjet

Waterjet Managers

Do you have a question about the Waterjet?

Below is the schedule of our most knowledgable staff when it comes to waterjets. Find a time when they’re working and then come in and ask the front desk staff to help you find them.

Note: Make sure to only come for help during the Makerspace hours here.

Or e-mail maker-waterjet@engr.wisc.edu 

Support Staff Date Start Time End Time
Brett Prussack 01/26/2022 12:00 PM 05:00 PM
Quinn Sabin 01/26/2022 02:30 PM 05:15 PM
Quinn Sabin 01/27/2022 11:30 AM 02:30 PM
Quinn Sabin 01/28/2022 08:45 AM 11:30 AM