Common Tools Used By Professionals In The Glass Industry

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Glass Cutting

When cutting glass, using the appropriate tools is crucial for ensuring efficient utilization of the material. Since glass is a very delicate material itself, improper handling may leave stress marks on the material resulting in undesirable ruptures or even breaking it into fragments.

Professional Glass Cutting

Although many industry professionals use manual techniques, there are a few tools that are specifically designed for glass cutting such as:

Cutting Tables

There are a variety of tables designed for cutting glass. Their characteristics include the following:

  • Regulating the angle of inclination to ensure user comfort
  • Rules on the edges and accessories to separate the thin glass pieces
  • Mechanical guides that have incorporated glass cutters allowing fast cutting
  • Motors for moving the blades automatically to perform specific style cuts

Lubricant

The most common lubricants include kerosene oil.

However, some experts are of the view that a lubricant is not needed at all times given its exorbitant price. We must learn to distinguish when they are needed and when not. However, it a good idea to use it acquire practice.

Water Cutters

Water pressure glass cutting is the go-to technique to get fast and accurate results. It is widely used on an industrial level. The jet of high pressure water cuts the glass and leaves it perfectly polished and with no imperfections. To achieve this, the water is introduced with an abrasive agent that is the one that wears the material to be able to separate the pieces.

The machines accept CAD designs and other similar types of programs. The cut is automatic and you can actually cut every type of glass including tempered, laminated, and even armored. Throughout the process, there is no heat or any other form of energy other than kinetic which is used. Hence, it cannot result in the glass being stressed or damaged in any way.

Glass Tongs

Glass Tongs have extremely padded and plans allowing for pressure to be distributed evenly thus preventing the glass from stressing. They come in various sizes depending on the uses and are also extremely useful for transporting crystals without dirtying the material if is too hot or have sharp ends.

Polishing Material

Depending on the type of work, different tools can be used to polish the material once you’re done with the cutting phase. The cheapest alternative is thick sandpaper. If you’re using sandpaper bear in mind that you must have thick gloves as the glass can potentially break the paper and cause injury.

Another method is using an area of wet sand to rub the polish, thus eliminating any rough edges. This method provides little control of the results and a rather coarse polishing.

The most effective and commonly used method is a special grinding stone. These stones have a central notch and the size just to be efficiently used manually. The results achieved are smooth and flawless. Furthermore, the shape of the stone can concentrate energy so as to avoid stressing the material.

We at Precision Glass and Mirror specialize in customized glass for all your glazing needs. Stop by our shop today and see how the professionals get the job done.

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