Glass Cutting: The Different Ways to Cut Glass 

Using glass in interior design has been a common practice for decades. It continues to be a timeless and classy addition to any space. However, adding glass to a design requires customized sizing, which requires manufacturers to cut the glass without breaking it to ensure it fits perfectly. There are quite a few methods used today to cut glass. These cutting methods include laser technology, water pressure, abrasive water jet, and beetle-bit glass cutting systems. Read on to learn more about the different techniques of glass cutting that deliver a perfect glass cut-out for architectural and interior design. 

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is one of the most common processes used to cut glass today. This is because precision and accuracy allow companies to cut glass into any shape or size with minimal limitations. Because laser cutting has more abilities, this method is often more expensive than traditional cutting processes.  

There are three primary kinds of lasers in use for glass cutting.  

  • CO2 Lasers – CO2 lasers use infrared technology to cut glass up to .14 inches thick with precision and accuracy.  
  • UV Lasers – UV lasers are used for most industrial glass cutting applications and cutting thin glass types to prevent the risk of breakage specifically.  
  • Short-Pulsed Lasers – Short-pulsed laser is a focused beam that minimizes micro-fractures on glass and reduces thermal shockwaves resulting in a smoother cut.  

Water Pressure Cutting

Water pressure cutting is a precision cutting method that produces precise, detailed cuts across glass and other materials. The pressure can also be adjusted to cut variances in the thickness of glass and metal and is highly effective. The use of water pressure cutting is used in many industries, such as mining, food processing plants, and electronic manufacturing. 

Abrasive Water Jet Cutting

Water jet cutting machines is a high-pressure, narrow stream of water used to create an incision in glass and is more suitable for softer and thinner materials. The abrasive water jet cutting method is particularly new. However, it is used in many industries, including electronics, aerospace, and more. 

The abrasive water jet cutting method is used for thicker or more rigid materials. This is because it cuts glass effectively without destroying the internal structure. The technique uses abrasive materials mixed in with the water jet, including sand, silicon carbide, and other fine abrasive stones such as garnet. 

Beetle Bit Glass Cutting System

The Beetle Bits Glass Cutting System is an innovative tool to score a glass surface, creating angles, shapes, straight edges, and more. Also, it’s a tool designed to be easily adjustable for any surface and is used to create intricate cuts by hand. 

The Beetle Bit Glass Cutting system offers greater control and simplicity by including multiple tools. The tools can then be configured to create the desired designs and shapes needed. Thus, creating beautiful designs and cuts to fit unique spaces in interior design. 

GMD Industries has specialized in producing high-quality, architectural, decorative etched, and back-painted glass for the commercial and residential industries. Additionally, GMD Industries has earned its reputation in the trade for creating unique, oversized pieces and meeting demanding deadlines. Furthermore, all of our products are made in the USA. 

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