WARDJet held the first annual Open House event on October 23rd and October 24th, 2013 at the headquarters in Tallmadge, Ohio. The Open House was scheduled with live floor demonstrations complemented by simultaneous conference room presentations covering a variety of topics. As a result, visitors were encouraged to choose whichever parts of the event they would like to attend and many guests moved freely throughout the WARDJet facility. WARDJet employees and partners were on hand to answer questions and discuss machine capabilities one-on-one with those interested in more information.
During the Open House event, guests were introduced to the Multipurpose Waterjet Robot which carved the face of a small foam pumpkin at the beginning of every hour. Robot industry leader Motoman was on hand to discuss applications where a waterjet robot would be used and describe the technology behind the machine. Guests also were introduced to the low cost Emerald Series waterjet which features a smaller footprint and basic capabilities, but uses the same state-of-the-art software, controller, and precision ballscrew drive system as many WARDJet waterjets. The Emerald was programmed to cut a miniature dinosaur out of stacked foam to illustrate the versatility of waterjet system.
The event was open to the public and many customers, businesses, students, officials, and press attended. Notable guests include Mayor David Kline from the City of Tallmadge, as well as Ohio State Representative Anthony DeVitis and WARDJet-sponsored pro snowboarder Steve ‘Speedy Steve’ MacCutcheon. WARDJet thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many interesting individuals and share some of the waterjet innovations we have been developing over the past few months.
Yaskawa Motoman rep Sam describes robot technology and the different applications where robots are utilized
Dennis describes the differences between programming for 2D cutting and 5-Axis cutting during his open house presentation
This R-Series large format waterjet on display was being built for a customer who attended our open house
Richard Ward and Rep. Anthony DeVitis pose by the R-Series waterjet tank during the friends and family event
The Multipurpose Waterjet Robot carves a foam pumpkin with a jack-o-latern face for an open house demonstration
The G-4816 sidebeams were set up for an open house exhibit to give visitors an idea of the size of the final machine
Richard Ward addresses WARDJet family and friends before cutting the cake after day one of the open house
WARDJet-sponsored pro snowboarder Steve MacCutcheon describes his personal experiences working towards the 2014 Olympics
Pro snowboarder Steve MacCutcheon balances on an exercise ball to show how he strength trains for the Olympics