Tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces into tension. Such stresses cause the glass, when broken, to crumble into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards as plate glass (aka: annealed glass) creates. The granular chunks are less likely to cause injury.
At elDarderyGlass we can process any glass edge to suit the application you may require. Whether its an arris edge, flat edge polish or a beveled edge, we can provide all you edging requirements.
Beveled glass is usually made by taking thick glass and creating an angled surface cut (bevel) around the entire periphery. Bevels act as prisms in the sunlight creating an interesting color diffraction which both highlights the glass work and provides a spectrum of colors which would ordinarily be absent in clear float glass.
Drilling is a cutting process that uses a drill bit to cut a hole of circular cross-section in solid materials. The drill bit is usually a rotary cutting tool, often multipoint. The bit is pressed against the workpiece and rotated at rates from hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute. This forces the cutting edge against the workpiece, cutting off chips (swarf) from the hole as it is drilled.
Sandblasting is the process of blasting the surface of glass with grit which peppers the surface giving a milky white appearance.
This technique is used to obscure the view through glass but it still transmits light as it is diffused through the surface. Patterns and designs can be created using a mask which resists the abrasive force of the grit from the sandblaster. The mask can be hand cut or computer cut depending on the design.
Another value added tool to offer clients allows us to cut interior holes or shapes in glass or mirror. This machine in combination with our plotting capabilities also allows to cut intricate designs on virtually any product, like metal, stainless steel, marble or granite in addition to glass.
Cutting with CNC
Computer Numeric Control (CNC) is the automation of machine tools that are operated by precisely programmed commands encoded on a storage medium (computer command module, usually located on the device) as opposed to controlled manually by hand wheels or levers, or mechanically automated by cams alone.
Polyvinyl butyral (or PVB) is a resin mostly used for applications that require strong binding, optical clarity, adhesion to many surfaces, toughness and flexibility. It is prepared from polyvinyl alcohol by reaction with butyraldehyde.
Double glazed consist of two layers of glass with a layer of inert gas sealed between them. This creates nearly twice the insulation as single glazed units. Once sealed, the unit becomes airtight.
Glass painting is a contemporary art which has been derived from the age old art of stained glass painting which involved putting small colored pieces of glass together. It was a common feature in high windows and doors of old places in the olden times and can still be seen in old buildings. In today’s times glass painting is gaining a lot of popularity due to the availability of the materials and the ease with which it can be done.