Michael Waltrip Racing Installs Second Cutting Machine
Jet Edge system installed to cut parts for NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.
MWR Uses Jet Edge waterjets to cut more than 1000 parts for its NASCAR Sprint Cup cars.
For its second waterjet machine, the company selected Jet Edge’s new EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet cutting system, which is capable of cutting beveled and taper-free parts from virtually any material. The machine is powered by a 100hp Jet Edge iP55-100 hydraulic intensifier pump that pressurizes water to 55,000 psi and features IGEMS CAD/CAM/NESTING software. This new multi-axis water jet system complements MWR’s existing 3-axis 90,000 psi 100 hp High Rail Gantry system, installed in 2008.
MWR uses its Jet Edge waterjets to cut more than 1,000 parts for each of its NASCAR Sprint Cup cars. It builds about 56 cars per year, including the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry driven by Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin and Brian Vickers, the #56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry driven by Martin Truex Jr., and the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry driven by Clint Bowyer.
“Our engineering department is very excited to have this powerful new tool,” said Tom German, MWR chief technical officer. “The Jet Edge EDGE X-5 is taking our fabricating capabilities to a whole new level. In fact, we’ve already taken design improvements to the track and Victory Lane.” Jet Edge president Jude Lague said the company is proud to install a second system at Michael Waltrip Racing.
“MWR has a lot at stake when it comes to the performance and reliability of its manufacturing equipment,” Lague said. “We’re very proud that we’ve earned their confidence and that they chose Jet Edge for their second system.”