Water-jet Cutter and Fast Prototyping Methods

Maxiem 1515 Abrasive 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 on start-up procedures, cutting and troubleshooting for the Maxiem1515 can be found on the Canvas course MECH Student Machine Shop Training

Software Download and License (MECH and MANU Students and Employees Only)

  1. Request a license
  2. Self-enroll in the Canvas course MECH Student Machine Shop Training https://canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/CAWEGP
  3. In the MECH Student Machine Shop Training, find the Module Waterjet Software Download and download the ReadMe file and the .zip file. Follow the instruction in the ReadMe file.

Cost of Operating the Water-jet Cutter

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

  • Department research: $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 and MANU 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 payment to MECH Finance in CEME 2054.

Report Water Jet Cutter Use

Use of the water-jet cutter must be reported using the Water-Jet Cutter Reporting Form.

3D Printers

3D printers are located in the new Print Shop 3D printing Room in the MakerSpace in Kaiser 1180N.

Currently we have 4 Monoprice Mini Select FDM printers and 2 Creality CR-10 V2 Pro printers operating.

Printers are booked through the MECH techaccess booking system. Print jobs may be left running unattended.

Quick Printing Guide:

Bring your laptop to transfer your prepped G-code files to the printer’s microSD card. A USB to microSD adapter is available in the print room. If you intend to bring your own microSD card, beware that the printers cannot read some microSD cards (consult the manufacturer’s user guides).

For MPIII printers :
  1. Build volume 120mm x 120mm x120mm; preferred filament 1.75mm PLA, nozzle size is 0.4mm and highest Z resolution is 0.06mm.
  2. Build sheets are clear smooth polycarbonate provided at the printers. Tape or adhesive is not necessary.
  3. The printers operate on G-code files which you can generate from STL models using 3rd party software such as CURA (download CURA slicing software from Canvas course MECH Student Machine Shop Training). A version of Cura is installed on the host PC and you can generate G-code files from there. Load the G-code onto a micro-SD card to run it on the printer. A card and USB adapter for transferring files to the card are available at the printer.
  4. If you want to speed things up, you will need to install and run slicing software on your own PC. Monoprice recommends using Cura software. A version of Cura that shipped with the V1 printer is also available here. Refer to the user manual below to ensure that you set the installation parameters in Cura accordingly. IMPORTANT: Nozzle print and bed temperatures set when generating G-code files should be kept below 200 degrees and 40 degrees C  respectively (not the 210 and 70 indicated in the default settings in Cura ) to minimize problems with filament softening and jamming ahead of the nozzle.
Standard Operating Procedures:

See this link Standard Operating Procedure 3D Printing

Addtional Information

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

3D Printing Service

The Support Machine Shop occasionally accepts print job submissions on a fee-for-service basis and can print PLA parts up to 300mm x 300mm x 400mm for you. Please use the job submission form to submit STL files for printing. See https://technicalservices.mech.ubc.ca/machine-shop/support-machining-services/

Other 3D Printing Services on Campus

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

UBC Rapid https://ubc-rapid.com/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.