Water Jet Glass Cutting

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Water Jet Glass Cutting

By Bear Glass NJ

From intricate glass shapes to detailed stained glass designs, mirrors, glass ornaments, and more, there’s almost no glass cutting application that a water jet glass cutting system can’t tackle. Both thin and thick glass materials can be cut and detailed with a precise cutting stream. And because water jet cutting does not vibrate the glass, produce heat-affected zones, or leave behind rough edges, almost no secondary finishing is required. In addition, water jet cutting’s ability to generate exact, clean cuts with speed make it an efficient cutting process for the majority of glass cutting applications. Due to its versatility and ease of operation, water jet cutting has revolutionised the glass and glazing industry's capabilities, especially at Bear Glass. It has given Contract Glass the capability to handle complex and intricate glass cutting contracts, and quickly move from job to job. Working to its maximum capacity, our water jet cutting machine can turn around well over 100 intricate glass pieces per day. It can produce EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY without ever inducing heat-affected zones of mechanical stresses in glass: the process has eliminated the need for costly secondary finishing. Water jet cutting is accomplished by SOFTWARE CONTROLLED ROBOTIC NOTION systems to facilitate an infinite variety of shape cutting. The immediate effect has been the abandoning of a need for costly hand-tool changes during a complex cutting process.

Advantages of Water Jet Cutting

  • In waterjet cutting, there is no heat generated. This is especially useful for cutting tool steel and other metals where excessive heat may change the properties of the material.

  • Unlike machining or grinding, waterjet cutting does not produce any dust or particles that are harmful if inhaled.

  • The kerf width in waterjet cutting is very small, and very little material is wasted.

  • Waterjet cutting can be easily used to produce prototype parts very efficiently. An operator can program the dimensions of the part into the control station, and the waterjet will cut the part out exactly as programmed. This is much faster and cheaper than drawing detailed prints of a part and then having a machinist cut the part out.

  • Waterjet cutting can be easily automated for production use.

  • Waterjet cutting does not leave a burr or a rough edge, and eliminates other machining operations such as finish sanding and grinding.
  • Waterjets are much lighter than equivalent laser cutters, and when mounted on an automated robot. This reduces the problems of accelerating and decelerating the robot head, as well as taking less energy.