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Viscosity, Refractive Index and Other Important Glass Properties Involved in Material Selection

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Glass is among the most versatile of materials. Depending on its composition, treatment, and manufacture, it can be customized for high performance in countless applications. In order to get the right fit for your next glass project, remember to consult properties such as the corrosion resistance, thermal properties, viscosity, dielectric properties and refractive index of […]

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What If Your Glass Piece Requires an Irregular Shape?

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What happens when you need glass cut into something like the shape to the right? Precision glass manufacturers utilize a variety of technologies to craft even the strangest of shapes that require clean edges, precise spheres and smooth surfaces. The glass mirror piece in the photo to the right is one example. Precision manufacturers like Swift […]

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Glass Carrier Wafers

Glass Wafers: How Optics, Computers and Photonics Get the Right Glass

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Computers, optical and other technological manufacturing industries require glass wafers as a carrier substrate for safe fabricating of delicate products like thin silicon wafers. Glass wafers are also essential to the semiconductor, electronics, and biotech industries in a variety of applications. Making Glass Wafers Glass wafers are highly technical products that demand a highly technical production […]

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Check Out Our Chemically-Strengthened Glass at Optifab 2015

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Swift Glass will be joining its glass manufacturing peers at the prestigious SPIE Optifab 2015 exhibition and conference next week in Rochester, New York. The SPIE Optifab exhibition is the largest optical fabrication event in North America and acts as a forum to share and discuss the latest techniques and tools for the optical fabrication […]

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3 Reasons to Use Waterjet Cutting

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A waterjet’s small stream size and controlled pressure makes it the ideal choice for cutting many materials. From shaped mirrors to cell phone panels to very thick materials, waterjet cutting is the go-to method for a variety of industry applications. Here are three reasons why manufacturers choose waterjet cutting for their projects Smoother Cutting A […]

Quartz/Fused Silica

Quartz vs. Fused Silica: What’s the Difference?


If your project demands high performance material, you may have more options than you think. Quartz, Fused Quartz and Fused Silica are all part of an extremely pure family of materials with high working and melting temperatures and superior optical properties as well as low coefficient of expansion. While they’re often used interchangeably, the fundamental […]

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Photonics, Optics and the Tech of the Future

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Swift Glass among the Region’s Optical and Photonics Specialists Vice President Joe Biden recently visited Rochester, the “optics capital of the world,” to announce that our region has been chosen to host a new $600-million Integrated Photonics Center. The creation of a national photonics institute means more than jobs and industrial growth; it’s the beginning […]

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Now Presenting: The Redesigned Swift Glass Website

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With so many advances in modern technology over the years, Swift Glass is proud to announce our own revolutionary development: a newly redesigned website. We have taken extreme care in providing an updated interface, with streamlined information about our products and the industries that we serve. Whether you are an engineer, designer, or procurement manager, […]

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