New from waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge Inc. (St. Michael, Minn.) is the Idro line of 5-axis precision waterjet cutting machines. Reportedly capable of cutting virtually any material, the line is available in three nominal sizes, 5.5 by 6.5 ft (1,676 by 1,981 mm), 5.5 by 13 ft (1,700 by 4,000 mm) and 6.5 by 13 ft (2,000 by 4,000 mm). It features the IKC 5-axis cutting head, which is capable of making inclined cuts and controlling kerf to ensure optimal part quality. The head’s capabilities include 600º rotation, a maximum angle of ±60º, and dynamic precision from ±0.008 to ±0.020 inches/min (±0.2 to ±0.5 mm/m), depending on the tilt of head. It maintains a cutting tolerance ±0.004 inch (±0.1 mm/m) and a repeatability accuracy tolerance of ±0.001 inch (±0.025 mm), and it supports a contouring and rapid-feed rate of 0 to 1,575 inches/min (0 to 40,000 mm/min). The line is equipped with programmable contact height sensing and comes standard with one 5-axis cutting head; an optional second 5-axis or 3-axis cutting head can be added. Other features include a stainless steel tank, automatic safety guards with clear windows on front and back, and a dredge conveyor for abrasive removal.
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