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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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What’s the Right Thickness for your Sight Glass?

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Used in a range of industries and applications, sight glass is used to check the level of liquid in a reservoir or supply line. Critical tools for ensuring operations are running safely and smoothly, these transparent tubes or windows allow users unimpeded observation in order to monitor conditions in piping, vessels, chemical reactors, and other […]


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 […]

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