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U.S. PATENT GRANTED FOR GLASS CRAFT PROCESS

Etching of Commercial Tempered, Laminated, Fire Resistant and Bulletproof Glass, Done On-Site =

Eye-Opening Economic & Environmental Benefits 

For information:

Basil Haslett, info@glasscraftusa.com

www.glasscraftusa.com 770-220-0666

 

The U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent to GLASS CRAFT USA for their system of etching, frosting and engraving tempered glass. The process offers both environmental and beautification benefits. It distinctly reduces energy consumption as well as provides the ability to engrave sufficiently deep to retain several layers of color.

As the patent states: “The system and method of the invention can be used to create a frosting effect on one or both sides of a sheet or panel of glass… etching all or part of the glass.

As well as providing privacy, it is found that the etched frosting causes a reduction of lux (light) through the glass as well as a reduction of solar radiation. This, in turn, reduces the amount of the heat that is transmitted through the glass. Moreover, it is found that the etched frosting causes the glass to retain more solar energy within itself than if it were un-etched. The dispersal of this additional energy is found to be relatively slow and so has the effect of sustaining heat behind the glass.

Further, it is found that there is a reduction of ultra violet light penetrating the etched glass. Hence, by frosting appropriate portions a working environment such as an office can be not only more private but also more comfortable.

A further advantage of the invention is that it facilitates the application of metal foils, such as gold, platinum, silver or aluminum, into the incised cuts created by the system. 

Conventionally, metal foils are applied directly onto the flat surface of toughened glass. This suffers from a disadvantage that the foil can easily be removed by general wear and tear and that the foil is generally only visible from one side of the glass (because of the adhesive used). In contrast however, because the system is able to make incised cuts on toughened glass, the foil can be applied into the incised cut and so is relatively protected from wear and tear. Moreover, the metal may be viewed from either side of the glass.”

 

TEN YEARS OF PROOF

In both renovation and new construction, engraved glass with color creates a bold, dramatic effect that is economical to produce.

This process, successfully employed in Europe for over ten years, turns the “shatter factor” on its head. The challenge, as construction trades know, is that when considering corporate branding, signage, safety decoration or heat/light reduction on tempered or toughened glass, they have been stymied.

Etching and engraving of safety glass, especially glass already in place, has been difficult if not impossible. Either the safety qualities were compromised, or the glass simply shattered.

The solution is Glass Craft’s unique, patented portable engraving system designed, built and continually modified in-house by Glass Craft, and invented by Basil Haslett.

Any type or size of glass can be etched, engraved or decorated either “in situ” or at the Glass Craft facility near Atlanta. Gold, silver, platinum and color can also be added to provide spectacular finishes for corporate logos, school or university crests, or commissioned original designs created by Glass Craft artisans.

ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY-SAVING BENEFITS  

Four months of environmental testing on amounts of heat and light admitted through tempered glass, (etched using the unique patent-pending Glass Craft process), was confirmed by the leading research university in Ireland.

Tests showed that the etched tempered glass decreased solar transference of heat by more than 25%--in hot, bright climates creating substantial energy savings over short and long term.

UV radiation and interior humidity are also automatically reduced with reduction of solar heat transference.

 

Backgrounder

 

BASIL HASLETT—FOUNDER, GLASS CRAFT EUROPE & USA

INVENTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, INNOVATOR, ARTIST, RACONTEUR,

MONUMENTAL SCULPTOR & CONSULTANT

WHO: Inventor of the U.S. patented process of on-site tempered glass etching and engraving, Basil Haslett’s ancestors have been in the business of monumental engraving and sandstone quarrying since 1745 in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Granted an art scholarship when he was 19, he was told by his father, “You’ll not come home wearing a smock with a flower behind your ear!”  After university he was promptly entered into the field of banking and became a gold and foreign exchange dealer.

Following early retirement from banking, Haslett resurrected the ancestral monument business. When challenged to etch tempered glass, he self-taught and invented his unique, portable process which will alter the global glass industry.

WHAT: GLASS CRAFT, formed in 1997, is part of the HASLETT GROUP, monumental sculptors known throughout the U.K. Prior to this, GLASS CRAFT undertook years of research into all aspects of the glass engraving industry, becoming experts in all the properties of the different glass types and the traditional methods employed in their decoration. Blending craftsmanship and technical innovation gives GLASS CRAFT distinct advantages over the competition.

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PIONEERING, ON-SITE TEMPERED GLASS ETCHING PROCESS

PLUS

BLASTING EDGE, PATENT-PENDING TECHNOLOGY

PLUS

THREE CENTURIES OF EXPERTISE IN THE U.K. AND EUROPE

GLASS CRAFT USA DEBUTS IN ATLANTA MARKET: Commercial On-Site Glass Etching of Tempered, Toughened, Laminated, Fire Resistant and Bulletproof Glass = Eye-Opening Economic & Environmental Benefits

For information:
Basil Haslett - info@glasscraftusa.com
www.glasscraftusa.com - 770-220-0666

WHAT: GLASS CRAFT EUROPE and now GLASS CRAFT USA offer the only on-site tempered glass engraving service in the world.

THE CHALLENGE: Architects, engineers, designers, renovators and construction companies considering corporate branding, signage, safety decoration or heat/light reduction on tempered or toughened glass have been stymied by the “shatter factor.”

Simply stated, “It can’t be done!”

Etching and engraving of safety glass, especially glass already in place, has been difficult if not impossible. Either the safety qualities were compromised, or the glass simply shattered.

THE SOLUTION: A unique, patent-pending, portable engraving system designed, built and continually modified in-house by GLASS CRAFT. Any type or size of glass can be etched, engraved or decorated either “in situ” or at its workshops.

One operator easily completes logo work. If done onsite, turn time is about 5 days—possibly as little as 48 hours. The etching can be done evenings or weekends so as not to disrupt the workplace.

SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS: Gold, silver, platinum and color can also be added to provide spectacular finishes for corporate logos, school or university crests, or commissioned original designs created by GLASS CRAFT artisans.

ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY-SAVING BENEFITS: Four months of environmental testing on amounts of heat and light admitted through tempered glass, (etched using the unique patent-pending GLASS CRAFT process), was confirmed by the leading research university in Ireland.

Tests showed that the etched tempered glass decreased solar transference of heat by more than 25%--in hot, bright climates creating substantial energy savings over short and long term.
UV radiation and interior humidity are also automatically reduced with reduction of solar heat transference.

HOW IT’S DONE: Using unique, portable machinery, GLASS CRAFT can engrave designs onto all types of glass deeper than is normally possible. This 'deep cut' etching allows the engraved design to be painted using traditional artists' techniques and modern airbrushing and spraying methods, achieving full color designs and logos which may include precious metals such as Gold Leaf and Silver Leaf.

TO CATCH A THIEF—CASE STUDY: GLASS CRAFT frosted, etched, engraved and applied gold fill to a logo on the tempered glass at Shannon’s Jewelers in Lisburn, N. Ireland. A burglar, attempting entry by breaking through the glass, was caught. On tape he said, “I was held up for 10-15 minutes trying to break the glass!” Obviously, GLASS CRAFT’s work had not affected its integrity.

 

BASIL HASLETT—FOUNDER, GLASS CRAFT EUROPE & USA

INVENTOR, ENTREPRENEUR, INNOVATOR, ARTIST, RACONTEUR,
MONUMENTAL SCULPTOR & CONSULTANT

WHO: Inventor of the patent-pending process of on-site tempered glass etching and engraving, Basil Haslett’s ancestors have been in the business of monumental engraving and sandstone quarrying since 1745 in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

Granted an art scholarship when he was 19, he was told by his father, “You’ll not come home wearing a smock with a flower behind your ear!” After university he was promptly entered into the field of banking and became a gold and foreign exchange dealer.

Following early retirement from banking, Haslett resurrected the ancestral monument business. When challenged to etch tempered glass, he self-taught and invented a unique, portable, patent-pending process which will alter the global glass industry.

WHAT: GLASS CRAFT, formed in 1997, is part of the HASLETT GROUP, monumental sculptors known throughout the U.K. Prior to this, GLASS CRAFT undertook years of research into all aspects of the glass engraving industry, becoming experts in all the properties of the different glass types and the traditional methods employed in their decoration. Blending craftsmanship and technical innovation gives GLASS CRAFT distinct advantages over the competition.

HOW: During development of the engraving system, Haslett discovered an application enabling the engraving of toughened (or tempered) safety glass. This was thought to be impossible because of the makeup of toughened glass, which is designed to shatter into many tiny pieces, rather than into large shards like regular sheet glass, which can be extremely dangerous.

Conventional methods of engraving glass tend to cause toughened glass to shatter instantly, however the GLASS CRAFT system causes no risk of shattering the pane, and after engraving the glass retains its integrity and safety properties.

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http://www.glasscrafteurope.com/Projects.htm

 
 

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