“Technically they aren’t ready to operate the
waterjets, but it gives them exposure to understand what needs to happen to cut a part,”
Sanders said. “That’s the first step we take to
make it more accessible.”
Good water is good news for the waterjet
cutting machine. As part of a waterjet installa-
tion, a water quality analysis should be done. At
minimum, the quality report should cover total
dissolved solids (TDS), silica content, and pH
value. TDS is particularly important; the lower
the score, the better the internal workings of
the waterjet perform.
As part of its purchase, Sanders said that
OMAX provided free analysis of the water.
“It came back that we had some of the best
water that they’ve ever seen,” Sanders added.
“I guess that’s why we have all of these brewer-
ies moving here.”
Obviously, the STEAM Studio is not running the
waterjet as a job shop would, so it’s not putting
as much stress on the internal seals and tubes.
Sanders said maintenance tasks are limited to a
couple of times per year, a schedule that would
be more frequent in a production environment.
The waterjet can do more than just cut.
Sometimes it helps to label fabrications if they
are part of a large assembly.
“The waterjet was ideal also because of the
scribe feature,” Sanders said. “Where each rib
half comprised four to five pieces of steel, we
were able to label each piece. We also were able
to scribe mating profiles onto the parts. Where
complex angles came together on flanges, we
had the profile scribed where the part got welded on. This saved a tremendous amount of time
in the layout, fixturing, and welding processes.”
“Wake” challenged them in a way that they had
never experienced before. The team had no lift
truck, so they ended up moving 25 sheets of ¼-in.
plate and six sheets of 3/8-in. plate by hand—six
» STEAM Studio technician Jordan Krutsch teaches a student how to operate the waterjet. Photo by Sara Sanders.