Is it possible to cut glass with a jet of water?
Glass is one of the most widely available materials with a wide range of use. Windows, mirrors, furniture, decorations – these are just some of the examples of everyday objects that can be made from glass. However, the material is quite fragile and prone to damage during processing. The problem is not only breaking the glass, but even the slightest scratches can leave unaesthetic cracks on its surface. The traditional method for cutting glass consists in scratching the glass and breaking off its piece. This mechanical method is very time-consuming and may cause substantial material losses. It is also difficult to create more complex shapes using such method. Another method consists in the use of diamond saws, which, however, can cause similar problems. But there is an alternative to all these methods!
Water jet cutting of glass
High pressure water jet is a really cost-efficient way of cutting glass. It is widely used with many applications. Using this technology, it is possible to produce very small, thin and complex elements, such as glass for smartphones. The method is also perfect for producing decorative elements for furniture or even jewelery. All this is possible thanks to easy and precise creation of details.
The method also allows to cut even the highest quality multi-layer bulletproof, ballistic and wired glass – as well as the glass used in regions at risk of hurricanes. The materials are characterized by a very high degree of durability, thus, cutting them using traditional methods is extremely difficult. Therefore, the water jet method may be applied to cut glass regardless of its purpose, as the method is highly versatile. That is also why the method is becoming more and more popular in many branches of industry.
What types of glass may not be subject to water jet?
Not surprisingly, there is a special type of glass which may not be cut not even by using the water jet method. This is the tampered glass, whose mechanical resistance was improved during the heat treatment. The glass toughening process means that a glass element is subjected to high temperatures and then rapid cooling. As a result, both the structure and properties of glass change. An attempt to cut the glass ends with its immediate crack at the first contact with a cutting device – also including a jet of water.
Moreover, it is some consolation to learn that the tampered glass products are always customized and never have to be processed in such a manner as the processing or polishing. Therefore, in case of such material, the only thing we should worry about is its proper installation.
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