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The Key Differences Between Transmission & Transmittance and How to Apply Them to your Application

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From magnifying glasses to tinted windows to one-way mirrors, people prize glass for its ability to transmit (or not transmit) light. Measuring light transmission and transmittance plays a huge role in selecting an appropriate type of glass for your needs. Transmittance measures the amount of light able to pass through a material without the material reflecting or […]


Low-Iron Glass vs. Standard Clear Glass

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The differences between low-iron and traditional clear glass are pronounced enough that many people can’t believe what they’re seeing – or what they haven’t been – when they’re shown low-iron glass options. Traditional clear glass can be hazy and is often faintly tinted, even at its best. Color issues may arise on the edges of […]


Understanding the Refractive Index of Glass

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Understanding the behavior of light can be an important factor when determining which glass materials to use for your manufacturing process. When light passes through a substance, it decreases in velocity. This is manifested by an increase in the substance’s refractive index. Much can be learned about the optical properties of a glass material by […]


Four Key Applications for Glass Wafers

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Glass wafers are circular pieces of precision glass used in numerous technical and industrial applications. Swift Glass’s wafer fabrication process utilizes proprietary technologies to deliver the finely-made components required by our customers in a range of demanding industries. High-quality glass material is selected, then the wafer is carefully shaped via cutting and grinding processes, then […]

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Molded Glass vs. Flat Glass: What’s the Difference?

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Glass is one of the world’s most complex, high-performance materials: specialty glass can be engineered to suit miniature, hyper-precise optics just as readily as it can be manufactured for bullet and fire-proof windows and walls. Glass can withstand explosions, extreme environments, and some of the world’s most aggressive and corrosive chemical materials. Glass formulations can […]


Alternative Materials to the Discontinued Corning® Vycor® Glass

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Material Options to Substitute for Corning® Vycor® Glass Invented by Corning in 1939, Corning® Vycor® Glass has been used in a wide range of applications over the years, from laboratory equipment to early spacecraft viewing ports. A blend of 96% silica and 4% boron trioxide, Corning® Vycor® Glass is a high-temperature glass valued for its […]


Understanding Optical Glass Surface Specifications

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To ensure the manufacture of consistently high-quality, high-performance glass components and products, it’s critical to utilize optical specifications. These are useful in two ways: First, they establish an acceptable standard by which a glass surface must perform; second, they can help determine the amount of time, money, and labor that should be spent on the […]


Material of the Month: Borosilicate

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In the late 19th century, a German glassmaker by the name of Otto Schott developed what was then a revolutionary new type of glass: It included boric oxide, differentiating the product from the soda-lime-based glass products on the market. This unique material became known as borosilicate glass or, simply, boro glass. Borosilicate can be used […]

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FAQ — Thermal Glass Tempering

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Tempered glass is one of the most popular choices for applications in which traditional, or annealed, glass may pose a safety hazard. For nearly 100 years, Swift Glass has been providing quality custom glass fabrication services for a wide range of industries. To provide insight on the thermal glass tempering process and its various benefits, […]


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Waterjet Cutting Materials For Various Industries

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Used to cut a wide array of materials across a range of industries, waterjet cutting is ideal for applications involving materials that are sensitive to the high temperatures generated by many other common cutting methods. The phrase “waterjet cutting” is commonly used to refer to abrasive waterjet cutting, in which an abrasive such as granite […]

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