Printing: RAL colors, Pantone colors; serigraphs, ceramic paint, two component paints etc. Printing symbols and “invisible symbols” (the symbol is only visible when illuminated by lighting behind the glass).
Drilling: round and rectangular holes in flat glass and glass tubes.
Coating: suitable for various applications such as anti-reflection, UV filters, signal filters, heat reflection filters etc.
Etching: the glass surface can be etched, which results in an anti-reflective surface, ideal for use with touch screens, laptops etc.
Tempering: glass can be thermally or chemically tempered. The tempered glass is up to five times stronger than ordinary annealed glass. If the glass breaks, it falls into small blurry pieces.
Thermally tempering (default mode): the glass is heated in a curing oven to approximately 650°C and then cooled by forced cold air. The outside cools down more quickly than the core, producing a constant tension in the glass. This creates greater resistance to mechanical and thermal shocks.
Chemical curing is especially applied in thin glass. The advantage over thermal hardening is that the surface is also scratch resistant.
Laminated glass: this consists of two or more layers of glass, joined together (laminated) with a PVB sheet under high pressure and temperature. If the glass breaks, the shards will stick to the super strong films. Very suitable for applications where shards must be avoided. For instance: sight glass for the food industry, slabs, railings etc. Security films are available in various colors.
Grinding: the sides and surfaces of the glass are ground. Surfce grinding is widely used in control panels, such as fingertip hollow, circular sliders and the like.
Cutting: digital drawing on the CNC waterjet machine or manually.
Reel off: glass plates or tubes are calibrated to the desired thickness and transparent / clear polished.
Flame polishing: fire polishing the ends of glass tubes and rods will seal small cracks in the end wall, reducing the chance of fracture originating from this source. Fire polishing the ends will also reduce cuts and abrasions or anything (corks, latex tubing, etc.) coming in contact with the glass end. The glass tube is now more resistant to cracking, resulting in an even longer lifetime.
Saws: cutting flat glass, tubes, or rods manually or by using the CNC waterjet machine.
Sandblasting: for example, to sandblast drawings on glass, digital drawings are plotted out with a cutter. This sandblast film is pasted on the glass surface and then the glass portions to radiate are removed. With the sand blasting machine, we can create any shape, drawing, applying text or line structure. The glass may optionally be treated with a still clearshield, preventing permanent fingerprints on the glass.
Below is a list with many options to edit glass:
Chamfering, glass bending, digital printing on glass, foil, milling, engraving, glues, metal fused glass, polishing, UV bonding.