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Steps for Access and Use
Step #1: Permits and Fee
Ensure you have:
[-] A CoE permit (red) and have paid your materials fee for this semester. Our student staff are required to swipe your ID every time to verify. Note that the M-Pass does not grant you access to the waterjet unless approved by the shop manager (very rare).
Note: College of Engineering faculty and staff are not required to pay the materials fee, however, they must have a CoE permit.
Note that the Omax waterjet is limited to a 12”x12” cutting bed. TEAM-Lab has a larger (4’x4′) waterjet they offer as a fee-for-service – click here for more info on the TEAM-Lab waterjet.
Cost for machine run time: $.80/min
|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)
- 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.