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The Benefits of 3D Printing on a Glass Surface

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The strength of any 3D printed object depends on the quality of its base, the very first layer of deposited substrate. Even the most well-engineered part risks malfunction if there are variations or flaws in the printing surface. To ensure optimal part quality and performance, it’s critical to select a reliable 3D printing bed. A […]


5 Common Glass Edge Types

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Glass materials can receive many different types of glass edge treatments, each of which will uniquely affect the overall functionality and performance of the finished piece. Edging can improve safety, aesthetics, functionality, and cleanliness while improving dimensional tolerance and helping to prevent chipping. Below, we’ll explore five common glass edge types and their unique benefits. […]


Material of the Month: Fused Silica

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Fused silica is a glass form of silicon dioxide, a chemical compound that occurs naturally in quartz and many types of sand. Unlike quartz glass, fused silica is entirely synthetic when produced at an industrial level. Typically manufactured using silicon gas, fused silica is the most technically pure glass available. Fused silica has a non-crystalline […]


Swift Glass to Attend Photonics West 2017 Exhibition

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Swift Glass is excited to announce that we’ll once again be attending the annual SPIE Photonics West Conference and Exhibition, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from January 28 to February 2. Hosted by the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), Photonics West has been the world’s largest multidisciplinary event for biomedical and medical […]


[VIDEO] Watch Safety Glass in Action

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What is safety glass? From car windows to smartphone screen protectors, glass plays a huge part in our everyday lives. Transparent, sterile, paintable, and able to transmit, reflect, and refract light, glass is an ideal material for many applications and industries. However, it is also brittle, breaking into sharp, irregular shards that can cause injuries. […]


Thermal Glass Tempering vs. Chemical Strengthening: What’s the Difference?

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Glass Solutions for Extreme Environments Glass is among the world’s most sophisticated materials. Specialty glass can withstand high pressure, extreme heat, and extraordinary environments. There are two primary methods for strengthening glass: chemical strengthening and thermal tempering. Both of these processes alter the outer surface of the glass, causing it to have a higher compression […]


Glass vs. Plastic: Which Is Best for Your Next Project?

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When choosing between glass and plastic for an application, many people with cost-conscious applications expect plastics to be the cost-effective choice. But you just may have more options than you think. In the long term, plastic can actually accrue higher costs in maintenance, replacements, and repair work. Both materials offer specialized benefits in a wide […]


Swift Glass Now Offering Gorilla® Glass Fabricating

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We’re excited to announce that Swift Glass now offers custom cutting and precision grinding glass fabrication services for Gorilla® Glass. Swift Glass’s advanced technology can transform Gorilla® Glass with custom waterjet cutting and glass cutting, edge grinding and beveling, and even additional chemical strengthening for protection against extreme environments. “We’re thrilled to add another top-quality Corning glass to […]

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Learn about the Medical Glass that Resists Radiation’s Effects

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Glass plays an essential role in medical equipment — especially inside X-ray detectors. These medical devices require a specialized glass composition to ensure the material withstands extreme heat and energy, as well as repeated applications of radiation technology. In addition to high levels of heat and light, the glass in X-ray equipment must also offer […]

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