WARDJet (Tallmadge, Ohio, USA) reports that The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC, Sheffield, U.K.) has awarded WARDJet with a contract for a combination waterjet and CNC machining center designed with composite materials in mind.
The machine to be produced is WARDJet's GCM-Series waterjet, combining WARDJet's proven waterjet technology with high-speed machining. This machine marks the second WARDJet unit in use at the facility.
While AMRC's research focus covers several categories, the G-Series waterjet will be used in the research of cutting and machining of composites on one machine to eliminate costly time spent changing heads or moving materials to a separate machine. Not only is AMRC researching the efficiency of composite machining, but it is also involved in REFORM (Resource-Efficient Factory Of Recyclable Manufacturing composite components), a four-year project funded by the European 7th Framework Factory of the Future Program to develop the next generation of production technologies and reduce the environmental impact of the production and machining of such composites.
The goal is to produce composites that are stronger, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly than current materials. In addition, The GCM-Series will also be used to explore the process of pocket milling with waterjets. The AMRC hopes to use these two WARDJet machines to advance the manufacturing industry while also improving the tools that are used.
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