Water Jet Glass Cutting: Through the Thick
Applications for glass pieces that must be shaped to exact dimensions are much more varied then one would originally think. Whether the glass is thin or thick, laid out in a sheet or shaped like a piece of granite straight from the earth, the best way to safely shape, form and cut glass is by way of water jet glass cutting systems. This waterjet machining method is able to shape glass with soft edges rather then raged ones and involves the least amount of risk as far as damaging the glass in the process.
Glass is necessary in many applications and industries, such as medical, automotive, electrical, manufacturing, construction, architecture and lighting. Additional applications include stained glass used for artistic depictions, particularly those installed in religious institutions and optical lenses. The latter application requires precise levels of thickness and size. Water jet cutting is a system that is known for its precision and power, as well as the stylish way it wears away the material that doesn’t belong in the design. Particularly useful for thick slabs of glass that need to be shaped into certain dimensions, such as windshields for vehicles and bullet-proof glass for buildings, water jet glass cutting is the best process for the job.
All water jet cutters involve powerful streams of water that shoot out of one or more jets. Sometimes the water is mixed with abrasive materials, such as garnet or diamond cut into tiny pieces, to help speed up the shaping or cutting process. The precision of the machine comes from CNC programming, which is able to control the details of the shapes and designs to such an extent that glass products manufactured by way of water jet cutting are nearly identical copies of their drawn designs. This is true of all other materials cut with water jet streams too.