The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 47–59

CO2 laser cutting of stained glass

Authors

  • M. A. Finucane
    • Department of Mechanical and Chemical EngineeringHeriot-Watt University
  • I. Black
    • Department of Mechanical and Chemical EngineeringHeriot-Watt University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01178961

Cite this article as:
Finucane, M.A. & Black, I. Int J Adv Manuf Technol (1996) 12: 47. doi:10.1007/BF01178961

Abstract

This paper covers the CO2 laser cutting of stained glass using a Ferranti MF400 CNC laser cutting machine. The report examines the various laser cutting parameters required to generate a cut surface in glass which will require minimal post-treatment to be carried out, and also investigates the degree of geometrical intricacy that can be attempted, together with the associated limitations, in cutting 2D glass components. The experimental procedure used to obtain the necessary information for a preliminary database on the laser cutting of stained glass is also detailed. Finally, the implications and applications of the investigative work are examined for commercial situations through construction of a simple 2D test artefact.

Keywords

GlassLaser cutting

Notation

f

pulse frequency (Hz)

k

thermal conductivity (W/mK)

P

laser beam power (W)

Pl

pulse duration (10−5 s)

Pr

pulse ratio

Ps

pulse separation (10−5 s)

P

shield gas pressure (bar)

Ra

surface roughness (μm)

ts

substrate thickness (mm)

V

cutting speed (mm/min)

Vopt

optimum cutting speed (mm/min)

w

kcrf width (mm)

α

angle of deviation (deg.)

λ

wavelength (μm)

d

perforation depth (mm)

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