Description   Glass materials have a random, liquid-like (non-crystalline) molecular structure. They are excellent thermal insulators and electrical insulators, and have high dielectric strength. At ordinary temperatures, glass materials are relatively strong, inert, biologically inactive, and corrosion resistant.     How Glass Materials are Made   Glass materials are heated to a temperature sufficient to produce a completely fused melt.  During fabrication, the...
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Q & A on Glass Materials

We asked our users for their input on Glass Materials. Here are the results of 104 users familiar with Glass Materials.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing glass material design?
13 answers
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In our field is the use of new ammunition, we need to keep ourselves up today in new ammunition and to test our glasses to be in sync and have the best technology to build them better and more resistant.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
1.Crystal 2.Photo sensitive 3.Cut Glass 4.Plastic reinforced. 5.Less Weight 6.Heat Resistance. 7.Food Grade.
~Shyam Gupta, Technical Support, Pune, India
Easier moulding into different shapes Improved tensile, fatigue and impact resistance
~Sandeep S, Research & Development, Hyderabad, India
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative glass materials?
15 answers
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I find that the glass industries in India are not much different from each other as they do not really give you what you would like to have and so you settle for what there is available.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
At my end of the use spectrum, I am only able to consider products and companies that can provide low-volume sales, so I am not qualified to vote on all companies' innovations.
~Nancy K, Manufacturer, Winter Garden, FL
PPG, Dupont have the most versatile product for the creation of special glass for armored cars.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used glass materials for?
29 answers
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Our applications serve in two steps, the first is temperature monitoring in the whole process of cooling and the second step is calibration of cooling chamber (furnace) to required temperatures in all places of these chambers (furnaces).
~Libor L., General Management, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Engraving and sculpturing are difficult to polish so that you get a clear engraving or sculpture. Glass painting is difficult to contain with out a border which makes it look like stain glass work with lead enclosures.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
I make art tile and sculpture from ceramic and fused glass. I also look for glass product applications to improve or modify glazes and clay.
~Nancy K, Manufacturer, Winter Garden, FL
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that glass materials have been used for.
10 answers
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I have tried using 3M glass bubbles as additives to glaze for de-glossing and surface effects.
~Nancy K, Manufacturer, Winter Garden, FL
We do not have any deviation from the standard use.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
UDF S glass fibre cylinders for blast mitigation
~Sandeep S, Research & Development, Hyderabad, India
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of glass materials?
8 answers
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One big glass shop forced the salespeople to use the Chinese "stuff" without the customers' consent. I know of one salesman who said no and they used it anyway. Isn't that bait and switch? You think you are buying from a big reputable U.S. glass shop and the shop ends up buying the finished goods from China. That particular shop reduced from seven facilities down to one due to poor upper management.
~Ed H, Sales Manager, Laguna Niguel, CA
Advice to a client turned out in a malfunctioning product. I took for granted that the client would translate my advice into a design where mechanical strain on the glass part was avoided. Glass/quarts is not very tolerant of mechanical stresses.
~Robert W, Engineering Consultant, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Yes, we do have a couple of issues with delamination of armored glasses by using a new product base on recommendation and not testing it before putting them in production.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
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I take into consideration customer needs and concerns, what will actually work to meet their needs, and availability of raw material (a scarce commodity).
~Ed H, Sales Manager, Laguna Niguel, CA
Materials that create consumer "wow" when made part of a ceramic or glass tile are my search objectives.
~Nancy K, Manufacturer, Winter Garden, FL
Pre shaped and formed panels for belly protection in armored vehicles.
~Sandeep S, Research & Development, Hyderabad, India
More strong, keeping a clear visibility, avoid deflections.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
Photo chromatic and toughness with reusable feature.
~Shyam Gupta, Technical Support, Pune, India
Transparent UV to IR Chemical resistance
~Engineering, Design, Paris, France
Mechanical resistance: impact, fracture
~Alberto B, Manufacturer, ESTE, Italy
To be easily flexible and less brittle.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
Shape and purity
~Faculty/Staff, Palermo, Italy

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using glass materials?
10 answers
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Know the glass and what it can be used for. It would be lovely if glass polishing materials such as ceramic oxide and rubber polishing materials were available that can be easily adjustable to the surface that you are using it for.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
There are a lot of tendencies to replace glass by plastic materials, but it is not possible at many cases and there are some fields, where it is possible but it is not suitable.
~Libor L., General Management, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Call and discuss designs with your technical salesman in order to find the right size to use and listen carefully to his feedback. Feel free to call me as well.
~Ed H, Sales Manager, Laguna Niguel, CA
Always search for the best manufacturer, always test new products before you get them into your production line to avoid surprises.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
Get familiar with the properties of the various glasses and ways of manufacturing/shaping/machining into desired products.
~Robert W, Engineering Consultant, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Transparent, Tough, Light Weight, Food Grade, Smooth Surface,no cracks.
~Shyam Gupta, Technical Support, Pune, India
Test certifications from reputed labs for each batch of material
~Sandeep S, Research & Development, Hyderabad, India
Use only quality products
~Salil Shah, Purchaser, Mumbai, India
Be careful of OH content
~Faculty/Staff, Palermo, Italy
Clear specifications
~Alberto B, Manufacturer, ESTE, Italy

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of glass materials?
10 answers
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I can offer that 3M has very attentive technical sales people who seem willing to discuss experimental uses of their products. They tell me that very few users disclose how the product was used or how effective it was, so their ability to learn from others' experiences is limited.
~Nancy K, Manufacturer, Winter Garden, FL
Strength requirements, weight restrictions, cost effectiveness, maintenance, ease of construction and operating costs have to be carefully studied before arriving at a conclusion.
~Sandeep S, Research & Development, Hyderabad, India
Again, always request samples or buy a small amount to do testing in your process, avoid surprises by giving the go ahead to use a new product that may affect your production.
~Jose Chevere, Purchaser, Boca Raton, FL
Get a clear picture how the properties of glass can be beneficial for your product/process. Be aware of the limitations of the materials.
~Robert W, Engineering Consultant, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Be careful with the sealants in contact with laminated glass to avoid contamination = delamination.
~Alberto B, Manufacturer, ESTE, Italy
The big glass shops have high overhead costs. Sooner or later you will pay for that fancy shop.
~Ed H, Sales Manager, Laguna Niguel, CA
When engraving on glass use a transferable paper or film so that you get a clearer engraving.
~Philip Roland Salmon, Builder/Contractor, Mumbai, India
Glass silica of high purity sometimes is not completely pure
~Faculty/Staff, Palermo, Italy
No internal crack. Smooth Surface. No Cuts at Edges.
~Shyam Gupta, Technical Support, Pune, India
Use quality products only.
~Salil Shah, Purchaser, Mumbai, India


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