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.


3D Printers


The Student Shop has fused deposition modeling style 3D printers capable of printing a variety of filaments including ABS and PLA. Monoprice Select Mini, Afinia H480 and an Afinia H800 3D printers can be reserved and are accessible for setting up and starting jobs during Student Shop hours.

Please note that due to problems with “mysterious disappearance”, users must supply their own filament for the printers. There is no fee for using the machines. All of the printers use 1.75mm filament. The Afinia printers are better for running ABS filament. The Monoprice printer is the easiest to run but really works best with PLA filament. Filament is available at the UBC Bookstore, local retailers and online. See the user manuals below for more details.

For Monoprice printers :

  1. Build volume 120mm x 120mm x120mm; preferred filament 1.75mm PLA
  2. The printers operate on gcode files which you can generate from STL models using 3rd party software. You will need to install and run slicing software on your. Monoprice recommends using Cura software. A version of Cura that shipped with the V1 printer is available here. Refer to the user manual below to ensure that you set the parameters in Cura accordingly.
  3. The printers have a microSD card reader and we recommend that you use it unless using USB and leaving your device connected for the duration of the print job is ok.

For Afinia printers:

  1. H479/H480 Build volume 120mm x 120mm x120mm; preferred filament 1.75mm ABS;
  2. H800 Build volume 259mmx207mmx205mm; preferred filament 1.75mm ABS
  3. 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 via a USB connection (need to install the Afinia software; see link below). Once the model file is sliced and downloaded to the printer, the USB can be disconnected.

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

Addtional Information

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer Manual https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/21711_Manual_170328.pdf

Afinia Support Site (software drivers, FAQ, manuals, videos) http://afinia.com/support/manuals-guides/



Other 3D Printing Services on Campus

UBC Book Store https://bookstore.ubc.ca/3d-printing-service-available-our-tech-area

ECE http://eng-services.ece.ubc.ca/fabrication/3d-printing/?login

UBC Rapid http://ubc-rapid.com/blog/printing-service/


Atek Bantam 24 Ton Press Brake

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

Tooling list (under development)


Brown Boggs Connecticut Brake

This bending tool lets you make up to 90 degree bends in sheet metal parts up to 16 gauge (1.5mm) thickness. It is relatively easy to use for simple bends and requires less setup than the Atek press brake, however it is comparatively limited in bending capacity. Click here for Sheet Metal Brake Basic Operating Instructions.


SIP Weldmate 15KVA Spotwelder

This is a simple to use, foot-pedal operated welder that makes joining of steel and stainless steel sheet metal and wire stock fast and easy to do. Special electrodes are available for welding studs and nuts to sheet and plate to create strong threads. Basic operating instructions can be found here (under development). Refer to this video for more insight and inspiration.

Miller Spotwelder LMSW 52T

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