The popularity of laser cutting is on the rise as more and more people are starting to learn about the advantages that it offers as a high-tech cutting process.
The short answer is yes, laser cutting machines can indeed cut glass and mirrors. If you are looking for a longer answer, I’ll give that to you shortly.
But first, let’s find out what laser cutting is.
Characterized by its advanced cutting capabilities, laser cutting is one of the best cutting methods that enable both industries and end users to enjoy faster cutting speeds, smoother finishes, finer details, and extremely precise cuts.
But perhaps the best feature of a laser cutting machine is its ability to work on both soft and hard materials – whether through cutting or engraving.
For these reasons, laser cutting technology is being widely used in diverse industries and sectors that range from manufacturing and communications to medical and military.
It is even being utilised by smaller users, such as small businesses and hobbyists, for small batch production, creative projects, and other purposes.
Now, let’s go back to our main topic.
Yes, a laser can cut glass and mirrors. However, as with brass laser cutting and copper laser cutting not all laser cutting machines are capable of working on such materials and glass has the tendency to absorb and reflect light differently, with thicker types of glass being even harder to cut. Therefore, more powerful lasers are needed to successfully cut through glass of varying thicknesses.
In other words, it depends on the type of laser cutter and the thickness of the glass.
CO2 laser cutting devices are best used for thin types of glass with a thickness between 0.0012 – 0.0236 inches. On the other hand, some CO2 laser cutting machines on an infrared wavelength require the use of surface cooling systems and must undergo multiple passes to successfully cut thicker glass types.
For etching or marking unique designs on glass, most laser types can do the job. But you should be aware that these lasers cannot cut glass, and are only best used for etching designs on glass and bottles.
As for mirrors, some models of CO2 laser cutting devices come with adjustable settings that allow it to engrave intricate patterns and designs on mirrors without causing damages.
When it comes to cutting glass, laser cutting is considered one of the best in the industry because of its several advantages. Laser cutting technology can perform cuts with extreme precision, create perfect edges, produce detailed shapes and patterns, and reduce the likelihood of breakage due to human error.
Examples of customized glass products that can be created using laser cutting technology are drinking glasses, sculpted corporate awards, glass signage, industrial pieces, ornaments and décor, professional design pieces, souvenirs, and so much more.