Bent glass, also known as curved glass, is exactly what it sounds like, glass that has been bent. It’s not quite as easy as it sounds, however. Obviously, glass is not an extremely pliable substance. Try and bend a piece yourself and we know exactly what’ll happen.
So, how exactly is bent glass made?
Curved, or bent glass begins its life with a humble start on a float glass assembly line. It’s produced in the exact same way as every other piece of glass out there. The glass is then purchased and shipped to a glass fabricator. These fabricators specialize in cutting and reshaping glass to meet construction specifications.
Before they can begin shaping the glass, it has to be thoroughly inspected for any imperfections as they can completely destroy a pane of glass when it’s put under pressure. Typically, this is done by moving a UV light across the top of a sheet of glass and looking for irregularities.
After the fabricators have made sure the piece of glass is safe to shape, it’s time to heat the glass up until it’s as pliable as a thick phone book.
They then use molds to slowly shape the glass into a rounded edge. This is tedious work, and the main reason for the earlier quality check. After the glass is molded into place, it’s left to cool into the mold and the desired shape.
What is curved glass used for?
Curved glass has a lot of uses in the architectural glass world. From showers, to railings, to elevator designs, the limit is only in the mind of the architect.
Curved glass, like all architectural glasses, is an important part of the construction and architectural industry and is truly an art form.
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