Water Jet Cutting Technology for Glass Cutting Projects

From the time that it was first introduced to the world of manufacturing and fabrication, the technology of water jet cutting has undergone an array of changes and development. Today it is considered as an industry standard, particularly in the glass processing space. 

Waterjet cutting is a great method to employ when working on glass cutting projects. This cutting edge technology allows you to execute shapes and contours that other types of material cutting methods only dream of making. You can take advantage of all these flexibility of applications without needing to spend too much. Hence, it is very cost-effective. 

From tabletop inlays down to detailed stained glass designs, glass ornaments, mirrors, replacement mirrors for vintage cars, and many more. The list of applications could go on. Truly, there is no glass cutting application which water jet cutting process won’t be able to handle. 

Dubbed as one of the most seamless, fastest, and most cost-effective ways to process glass, waterjet technology can be found being utilized in the following areas: 

  • Stair tread system
  • Shower mirrors & screens
  • Tabletop inlays
  • Hardware door holes
  • Balustrade panels
  • Architectural work 
  • Production of glass splashbacks

Enterprises that work around the glass cutting space are among the most ideal applications for waterjet cutting technology. It does not involve the use of any tooling materials. Also, it will allow you to make precision cuts, from the most intricate LED light glass down to a thick bullet-resistant and laminated glass, which is about 4 inches thick.

These pieces of cutting equipment come with a fine cutting stream, around 1mm or 0.040 inches. This makes it possible for you to waterjet cut glass materials to almost any kind of shape or form your project may require. 

Why use water jet cutting process when working on GLASS Cutting Project?

We have compiled below some of the beautiful reasons why waterjet cutting technology nowadays is dubbed as the new “norm” in the glass fabricating industry:

  1. In complete contrast to the traditional method of glass cutting, employing waterjet technology will make the cutting process snappy.
  2. Waterjet is attracting the attention of various industries due to its exceptional edge quality. In many instances, this will necessitate very little to no additional treatment. 
  3. Precise cutting of internal cutouts is hard to execute in many other kinds of cutting machinery. 
  4. Operators will find that waterjet technology is giving them a level of flexibility like no other. 
  5. Works perfectly okay with laminated glass. 
  6. Cost-effective method for glass cutting.

You need to have a calculated move whenever you work with glass. It is because glass is naturally fragile and delicate. For that reason, the natural tendency of glass is to crack at the slightest trigger. Therefore, it is crucially important that you produce the initial holes by employing reduced pressure of 7,200 PSI/500 bar and hike that up to 11,600 PSI/500.

When it comes to ceramics, glass, and a load of other brittle, fragile materials, it is important that you gradually turn up and lower the cutting pressure by virtue of the intensifier pump’s proportional pressure control. Not observing this will run the risk of your material eventually either getting damaged of unimaginable proportions or it would just be destroyed.

If your glass cutting project requires the use of a finer and softer abrasive material, olivine can be taken into account. It is a perfect alternative in the absence or unavailability of quartz sand. And because this material is much softer, using it is more advantageous in such a way that it minimizes the possibility of chipping and cracking in your glass material to occur. 

And since water jet cutting machines will never cause vibration while cutting through your glass material, it will not generate heat-affected zones (HAX). Furthermore, it will not give your glass material any rough edges, and no secondary finishing works would be necessary for that matter.