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Hello Everybody,

I am fairly new to waterjet, or even machine operation and programming, been doing it for about a year and a half. Kinda just been learning as i go.

We have been making team logos, namely logos for Our local state Universities.   And the logos are fairly small and we are having issues with our smaller pieces in the tank. and my boss is not liking the waste of material and waste of time so i am issued the job to find ways to keep the pieces for being lost. Currently our best idea is placing some kinda screen underneath the Durarock to try and catch whatever falls. I do not like this idea. So, does anyone have any better ideas? Please and thanks! By the way our machine is  a Park Industries Fusion 4045. Again. thanks to anyone



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Can you not just tab the pieces or bridge them together so they do not fall in? We started off using our machine with the Durabrick but quickly realized that is was a waste of time. The Durabrick got ate up too quick, was messy, and too expensive to try and cut small parts over it just to avoid them falling in. The easiest way we come to achieve not losing parts in the tank is by just placing a tab at a corner of the piece so it stays attached to the material. You can just break the part away when the cut is done and clean up the little tab. Tabbing small parts on really thick material is a whole other situation. :) 



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I use Plywood under my small or expensive pieces to help keep them afloat, ensure your plywood is flat. Also, I program the sequences to move from one cut to a far away cut, this adds time, but it gives you the opportunity to remove anything that was cut before the jet has a chance to blast it down. hope this helps


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