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Kent-based OMAX Corp. celebrates 20th anniversary
OMAX Corporation welcomed nearly 600 customers, friends, family and special guests from throughout the country at Shape The Future: OMAX's 20th anniversary Open House and Technology Event.
In addition to live cutting demonstrations and interactive technical sessions, the recent event featured tours of OMAX's recently expanded, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kent.
Innovation took center stage at the anniversary celebration as attendees witnessed cutting-edge machining advancements throughout the facility. One such key advancement was the introduction of the new MicroMAX JetMachining Center, which provides manufacturers with the ability to cut parts or part features smaller than 400 microns from a wide range of thicknesses and materials, including exotic metals, advanced composites, polymer thermoplastics and glass.
At the event, OMAX also launched a new version of its Intelli-MAX Software Suite, an intuitive control software that automatically optimizes the tool paths of the company's advanced abrasive waterjet systems.
In addition to advanced technology, OMAX showcased its expanded manufacturing facility. The new 22,000-square-foot building added to the campus extends the company's training, research and development and engineering efforts. The campus encompasses 130,000 square feet of space spread across three buildings.
During the celebration, attendees listened to special guest presentations on unique and diverse applications of abrasive waterjet cutting technology. USMC Gunnery Sgt. Matt Wolfe was in attendance to discuss 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.
Students of Aviation High School's FIRST Robotics team wowed the crowd with their robot, which was built using OMAX's advanced abrasive waterjet technology. Additionally, members of Brian Hough Racing were on hand showing how OMAX abrasive waterjet technology was used in the development and maintenance of the team's Alcohol Funny Car.
To learn more, visit www.omax.com.