Tool Location

Waterjets

Tool Type

Software

Additional Information

Overview

The OMAX and ProtoMAX Make softwares (henceforth referred to as “Make software”) are used to run waterjet jobs prepared in the Layout softwares. The Make software provides controls for homing, nozzle testing, nozzle movement, and defining material settings. The Make software also displays relevant statistics such as job time, and system faults if present.

Safety Features

The E-stop for the Maxiem is on the right side of the waterjet computer stand. When running a job, the Make software can be paused by hitting the spacebar or clicking the “Pause” button on screen. When running a nozzle test, the test can be stopped by clicking the “Cancel” button. The Make software displays current system faults or conditions, and does not allow for operation in certain situations. Specifically on the ProtoMAX, cutting will not occur when the cover is open.

How To Use This Tool

Setup
  1. Verify that the USB cord from the waterjet is connected to the computer.
  2. Click the Make software icon on the computer desktop.
  3. [OMAX Only] Press the black and green buttons as labeled on the control box on the right side of the waterjet computer stand to clear motion faults
  4. [ProtoMAX Only] Clear the waterjet bed of clamps and scrap material.
  5. [ProtoMAX Only] Home the machine by clicking the red bar.
  6. At this point, all controls should be available for use
Operation
Loading a job from computer
  1. Click “Change Path Setup”
  2. Navigate to the .ORD or .OMX file describing the cut, as shown in the figure.
  3. Set material properties in this dialog
  4. [Maxiem Only] If this is a brittle material cut, follow steps outlined in the Brittle Material article
  5. [Maxiem Only] If this is an A-Jet cut, follow steps outlined in the A-Jet article
Loading a job from OMAX Layout
  1. [ProtoMAX Only] In Layout, right click “Post” and click “Open OMX Path in MAKE”
  2. [Maxiem Only] In Layout, right click “Path Setup” and click “Open ORD Path in MAKE” for a regular 2D profile, and “Open OMX Path in MAKE” for an A-Jet cut
Changing material settings
  1. Click “Change Path Setup”
  2. Set material properties in this dialog
  3. [Maxiem Only] If this is a brittle material cut, follow steps outlined in the Brittle Material article
  4. [Maxiem Only] If this is an A-Jet cut, follow steps outlined in the A-Jet article
Displaying job statistics
  1. Navigate to “Statistics” tab on right side of screen as shown in figure.
  2. Statistics include material settings, estimated cut time, estimated abrasive needed, number of pierces, dimensions of cut, and length of cut.
Moving the nozzle
  1. Ensure that “Num Lock” is on, or the keyboard will not work
  2. X and Y Direction: Use the keyboard arrow keys to move the nozzle in the X and Y directions.
    1. [ProtoMAX] X direction is along the front of the machine
    2. [Maxiem] X direction is along direction of large gantry motion
    3. [ProtoMAX] Y direction is along the right or left side of the machine
    4. [Maxiem] Y direction is along the long dimension of the ballast tank at the rear of the machine
  3. [ProtoMAX Only] The nozzle is moved manually per the directions in the ProtoMAX article
  4. [Maxiem Only] Rapid Z direction: Use the “Pg Up” and “Pg Dn” buttons to move the nozzle up and down in the Z direction rapidly.
  5. [Maxiem Only] Fine Z direction: Use the “Home” and “End” buttons to move the nozzle up and down in the Z direction in small amounts.
Setting the home position
  1. Move nozzle to home position in X, Y, and Z directions
  2. To zero X and Y directions, click the “Zero” buttons to the left of the “Distance to Home” and “Distance from Path Start” values
  3. [Maxiem Only] To zero Z direction, click the “Zero” button to the left of the Z position display
Go to Home Position
  1. To go to home position in X and Y dimensions, click “Go home” button to the right of the “Distance from User Home” and “Distance from Path Start” values
  2. To go to home position in Z dimension, zero Click “Go home” button to the right of the Z position display
Key View Controls
  1. Examples: Zoom Cursor, Pan, and Zoom Extents buttons are in bottom right of screen
  2. Hover over buttons to find out what they are
  3. Zoom Cursor: zoom in on area of part display
  4. Pan: pan around part display
  5. Zoom Extents: display entire part in part display
Dry Run
  1. Raise the Z axis at least 1 inch
  2. Check that cut path is clear of clamps, weights, and other obstacles
  3. Move nozzle to X-Y home position
  4. Click “Begin Machining”
  5. Right Click “Start” and select “Dry Run” at whatever speed you prefer
  6. Machine will follow cut path, with water and garnet flow off
Go to Spot on Path
  1. Raise the Z axis at least 1 inch
  2. Check that straight path from current nozzle position to spot is free of clamps, weights, and other obstructions
  3. Click “Begin Machining”
  4. Right Click “Start” and select “Go to Spot on Path”
  5. Click spot to go to in black path display
  6. Machine will rapid over to selected spot
Running a Job
  1. Move nozzle to home position in X, Y, and Z directions
  2. Visually check that cut path is free of clamps, weights, and any other obstructions
  3. Click “Begin Machining”
  4. Click “Start”
  5. Cut will run until it is finished.
Pulling Pump Hours
  1. At top of display, click on “History” and navigate to “Counters/Timers”
  2. Record number listed to the right of “Total hours on pump”
   
Clean-Up

Close the Make software using the “x” button in the top right hand corner of the display. Remove flash drive from waterjet computer. Always remember to spray down the waterjet cutting area and L-bracket to remove built up garnet when finished.

Basic Troubleshooting
Clearing Faults
  • [ProtoMAX Only] On right side, click “Status” and select fault. Follow on screen directions to clear fault.
    • If you do not understand the fault, contact a waterjet master because it may be an important fault
  • [Maxiem Only] Press green and black buttons on box on right side of waterjet computer stand to clear fault.
Fault Will Not Clear
  • [Maxiem Only] Check whether E-stop button is released. A yellow ring should be visible if the E-stop is released. To release the E-stop, turn the red button in the direction of the arrows and the red button should release and snap upwards.
  • [Maxiem Only] Press green and black buttons on box on right side of waterjet computer stand to clear fault.
  • If following on screen directions do not resolve the fault, contact the waterjet master
Nozzle Does Not Move As Commanded
  • Check that motion faults are cleared
  • [ProtoMAX Only] If nozzle position controls appear faded on screen, machine homing may not have been done. Check for red bar at top of black part display and follow the on screen directions.
  • If problem remains unresolved, close and reopen application. If a communication error occurs, check the connection between the waterjet and computer.
  • If all else fails, reboot the machine and computer
Communication Error Shows Up
  • The waterjet and computer may not be communicating properly. Check the USB connection
  • If the USB connection seems secure, reboot the computer.
  • If rebooting the computer does not fix the issue, reboot the entire system including the computer
Advanced Troubleshooting
  • The Make software registration needs to be updated regularly. A notice appears when there are 30 days left on the registration period. Clint should be informed so he can contact OMAX. The new registration key will be sent shortly thereafter and applied to the computer. This requires advanced computer privileges, which the waterjet masters have.
  • If communication issues persist, the waterjet master may have to verify that the USB ports on the computer remain functional. Sometimes, rough usage results in the USB ports becoming damaged, and a new computer should be requested if there are insufficient ports to deal with the issue
  • If faults persist, the waterjet master needs to deal with issues on case by case basis, using instructions presented in manual and on OMAX Knowledgebase.

References:

OMAX. (n.d.). OMAX MAKE Software. Retrieved on July 8, 2018 from https://www.omax.com/software/make

Author Information

Article was written by Miles Chan, and edited by Veronica Spencer.

Last Updated: August 12 2018.

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