The Engineering of Glass Will Leave You Astonished
These sand mixtures are measured and then heated to extreme temperatures in a furnace, reaching 3,090 °F (1,700 °C).
Once heated, the sand mixture melts, turning into liquid. This liquid can then be manipulated into different shapes that retain their form until the glass cools down and settles into its final shape. This stage of glass production is called the hot end.
This is by no means the only way to form and shape glass. One of the biggest breakthroughs in glasswork was conceived all the way back in the 1st century BC and is called glassblowing. Surprisingly, it has not changed much since then.
It consists of forming glass into shapes by gathering the molten glass on the end of a hollow pipe and ‘blowing’ into it to create a bubble.
What makes it possible for something so hard as glass to become so transparent? What goes on on the levels of electrons to result in this transformation? We answer these questions in our video.
IE has covered technology demonstrations before but these windows are now entering their commercial phase and will be available for purchase soon.