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02/22 WATERJET

OMAX

Precise, easy to use, fast to setup and program. Traditional waterjets have been used for applications such as cutting diapers, but nobody made a machine tool for the machine tool market. The abrasivejets that were available for machine tool work were very low tolerance, and built from a variety of custom configurations. OMAX brought precision, ease of use, and a standard product line to the market.

HISTORY

MACHINE 2652

ADVANTAGES

INCREASED USE

COMPARE

ABRASIVES

NOZZLES

TAPER

FIXTURES: There are many methods of fixturing the material down. The simplest is to place a plate of material on the machine, and anchor it with weights. Handi-grips are also used to secure the plate in the X and Y directions. More advanced fixturing can be employed if needed for specialty applications or secondary machining. waterjet brick

MATERIALS CUT:

CERAMICS

COMPOSITES

ALLOYS

GLASS

Dual pressure piercing allows for piercing of glass with minimal risk of cracking. OMAX JetMachining Centers come standard with dual pressure capabilities. OMAX Machines also have a special “brittle mode” that works in conjunction with low-pressure piercing to slowly raise the pump pressure during the pierce to avoid a sudden shock to the material by a rapid change in pressure. Using these techniques reduces the risk of cracking, making glass cutting into a very profitable venture.

RUBBER

STONE

WOOD

METAL

FEED RATE

SOFTWARE

MAKE

LAYOUT

DEMO F-22

ALUMINUM TABLE

ROTARY AXIS

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4.184 MAKE ARCHITECTURE

4.184 - ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WORKSHOP:
[MAKING ARCHITECTURE] THE RESULTS
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Instructor: Nick Gelpi TA: Skylar Tibbits TA: Varvara Toulkeridou
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Class Times, Monday, 1-4pm - room 5-216
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4.184 is an intensive introduction to methods of making explored through a wide range of brief but focused 1-week exercises. We'll engage the real and leave behind representation in the focused context of this class gaining skills for utilizing a range of fabrication machines and technologies from lasercutting, waterjet, 3D printing, welding, formworking-molding, casting, gears, joints and composites.
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In this workshop we'll constrain ourselves to the territory of the 1:1. Students will represent architectural constructions at full scale and develop a more intimate relationship with technology by engaging the tools and techniques that empower us. We will gain access to the most cutting edge machines and technologies in the MARS lab at the Center for Bits and Atoms.
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The second layer of information for this course will be to look at a series of case studies in which construction methods and technologies have played a dominant role in the design process .
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Over the past 20 years, architects have focused on the technology of representation to create new ideas of what architecture could be. Looking back today, much of that research failed to substantially change the way we design buildings by focusing on apriori formal configurations. This class makes the contention that this failure comes from a lack of considerations of the potentials within fabrication knowledge. We look to the future of what building might become, given the expanded palette of personalize-able technologies available to us as architects. Students will participate in curious technological and material investigations, to discover the potentials, known and unknown, for these various technologies.
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The sub-disciplines of what's drawn and what's built have been compartmentalized and disassociated as the representational tools of architecture have distanced themselves from the techniques of making. At the same time the technologies for “making” in architecture have provided us with new possibilities for reinventing how we translate into reality, the immaterial representations of architecture.
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