Quick and flexible laser structuring of glass surfaces

Date: 23 November 2011
Source: http://www.industrial-lasers.com
By Industrial Laser Solutions Editors Hannover, Germany – Industry can now use a new laser process for structuring large surface areas of float glass, developed by the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.

V. (LZH) and Cerion GmbH, and is characterized by high quality, short processing time, and flexibility in design.

The first successful use of this new process can be seen in Norderstedt, near Hamburg, Germany. Nearly 300 m² of the insulated glass façade of a new building were structured on both sides using laser technology. Each glass panel measures 2.8 m by 0.8 m, and weighs approximately 150 kg.

Complex surface decors or large area surface structuring on architectural glass are usually time-consuming and often require processes that are health endangering. For example, wet chemical etching uses hydrofluoric acid, which is highly poisonous. Sandblasting, depending on the degree of frosting or matting required, is time consuming, as several process steps are necessary. For both processes, chemical or sandblasting, one-use masking and a final cleaning step are also needed.

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