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OMAX Corp., Kent, WA, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a open house and technology event on August 20.

The "Shape the Future" one-day event welcomed close to 600 people and include live cutting demonstrations, interactive technical sessions and a tour of the company's recently expanded manufacturing facility.

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Attendees viewed a demonstration of OMAX's new MicroMax JetMachining Centre, which allows manufacturers to cut parts or part features smaller than 400 micron from a wide range of thicknesses and materials, including exotic metals, composites, polymers and glass. The company also introduced a new version of its Intelli-Max software suite, an intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the toolpaths of its waterjet machines.

Attendees also watched a live demonstration of 3D part cutting with OMAX's rotary axis head, which the company says provides "infinite rotation while cutting."

Other technologies on display included a fourth generation direct drive pump and a new monitoring package, Intelli-Visor.

The new 22,000 sq ft expansion extends the company's training, research and development, and engineering activities. The entire OMAX facility encompasses 130,000 sq ft of space spread across three buildings.

During the celebration, attendees listened to guest presentations on unique and diverse applications of abrasive waterjet cutting technology. USMC Gunnery Sgt. Matt Wolfe discussed how abrasive waterjet cutting technology was deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Military personnel used the portable abrasive waterjet cutting to fabricate parts less than 10 miles from where they would be used.

Dr. Robin Coope, Group Leader for Instrumentation at the British Columbia Cancer Agency's Genome Sciences Centre, gave a presentation on how his team uses OMAX machines in the fight against cancer, specifically to manufacture parts for Barracuda, a robot that automates the selecting of a particular size of DNA strands to put into sequencing machines.

Steve Folin, Founder and Owner of Rickard Engineering & Design, shared how his investment in MAXIEM JetCutting Centers expanded his shop's capabilities and increased productivity, allowing the company to double capacity each year.

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