Laser cutting of glass

Laser cutting of glass stands out by a high cutting speed and high cut quality.

 


Laser cutting of glass tubes. Photo: LZH

Glass tubes and flat glass can be separated by laser radiation. There are two laser processes available: stress-induced cutting and sublimation cutting.

Stress-induced cutting is suitable for flat glass and glass tubes with thicknesses > 0.5 mm. It stands out by extremely high cutting speeds and high cut qualities. During this process, a laser heats the glass either as a whole or just on the surface and the material expands locally. During the cooling phase, the material breaks at the pre-defined places where the laser beam had heated the glass.

Sublimation cutting, however, is especially well-suited for cutting thinner glasses, or for cutting contours with a radius. Here, the glass is locally vaporized with continuous wave and pulsed laser systems. Cutting glass with this method is very flexible.

This service is, among others, used in the following areas:

Manufacturing processes:

  • Cutting

Material groups:

  • Glass materials

Consulting, development and contract research:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Process and system development
  • Technology consulting and transfer
  • Technology transfer from research to industry

Fields of application and industrial sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics
  • Job order production
  • Lighting
  • Medical technology and biotechnology
  • Photovoltaics and energy technology
  • Printing technology and graphics
  • Semiconductors
  • Show technology, advertising and the arts

We will be happy to discuss your individual requirements. Please feel free to contact us.