Water-jet Cutter and Fast Prototyping Methods

Water-jet Cutter


The Maxiem1515 allows for the quick and easy cutting of 2-D profiles from CAD drawings. The Intelli-MAX software accepts DXF format profiles generated by most CAD software. It works extremely well for sheet metal parts and for complex shapes in 2D in materials up to ~150mm thick (50mm for steel). The kerf is approximately 0.8mm and the cutting area is 1.5m x 1.5m.

Videos showing basics of creating tool-paths and operation of similar models of cutter can be found here.

Basic Operating and Start-up Instructions for the Maxiem1515 can be found here.

Software Download and License

  1. Request a license: Intellimax License Request Form
  2. Set up a UBC VPN connection (see link to UBC IT Service  VPN to get a myvpn utility)
  3. While signed in to the VPN, download Omax software .zip file from: https://depot.mech.ubc.ca. Login using your CWL ID and password and browse – you will find the omax_intelli-max folder and the zip files therein. To access the “Depot”, you will need a MECH/PACE account. If you are unable to log onto “Depot” it is likely your account has not been registered. Details for account registration is given in http://technicalservices.mech.ubc.ca/it-services/mech-it-account-management/.  The download site and accounts are controlled by APSC-IT Services. Please contact APSC-IT Services at http://web.it.ubc.ca/forms/apsc/ if you are having trouble.
  4. Watch your inbox for an automated reply from Omax once your license request registration and eligibility is verified (only registered Mech students will be authorized; turnaround time is up to 5 business days).
  5. Once you get your authorization, click on the link in the email and select the Intellimax STANDARD version. Open Intellimax Make software and click on Register Software in the toolbar at the top of the window. Copy (ctrl-c) the 5 digit code generated by the Omax Make application and paste it into the appropriate window in the authorization email window. This should generate a long alpha-numeric code. Copy and paste this code into the appropriate space in the Omax Intellimax application.

Cost of Operating the Water-jet Cutter

This rate is for use of the machine only and applies only to actual cutting time.

Course work, department research, Mech student teams:                     $1.00/minute

Service work for other UBC departments and personal use:                    $1.50/minute

Commercial work and service work for non-UBC organizations or individuals is not permitted unless a service contract has been established via the University Industry Liason Office.

Personal use of the water-jet by registered Mech students for self-education is permitted on a limited basis. This must not be contract or service work for a third party. Costs should be paid by the user via cheque payable to: The University of British Columbia and the code HDNW along with the date of entry on the Payment Form should be placed in the notes field on the cheque.

Atek Bantam 24 Ton Press Brake

Here are links for the dimensions and capacities of Atek Bantam 24 Ton Press Brake.

Click here for Sheet Metal Brake Basic Operating Instructions.

SIP Weldmate 15KVA Spotwelder

Miller Spotwelder LMSW 52T

Click here for more information on the Miller Spotwelder LMSW 52T.

3D Printers


  1. Afinia/UP! 3D printers are reservable and accessible for use during Student Shop hours.
  2. Users need to supply models in .STL formats (all 3D CAD software can export this type of file) and can bring a USB stick to the host computer or use their own computer to run the machine (need to install software; see below).
  3. The part has to fit within a 120 mm x 120 mm x 120 mm cube.
  4. Spools of ABS material are available from the shop (plain white ABS $40/roll).
  5. Users are free to bring their own filament (ABS only; filament size is 1.75mm; the spool needs to work with the Afinia printer’s spool holder; Afinia branded material is available on-line from Staples.ca).
  6. There is no additional cost to running the machines.

Note that these printers have shrinkage issues with the ABS. Long, continuous sections should be oriented vertically to reduce this problem.

Addtional Information

UP! Afinia 3-D Printer Description 

Afinia Support Site (software drivers, FAQ, manuals, videos)

Afinia H479 User Manual

UP! Software Downloads

Afinia Software Downloads