Glass, the multi-talented medium
Finishing provides the last touch
In addition to being transparent and conducting light, this unique material we call glass has other interesting and unusual properties. It is even possible to modify its thermal resistance and mechanical stability by carefully and effectively introducing tensions into the glass. For example, with a special post-processing technique it is possible to dramatically lower the risk of injuries caused by the breaking of sheet and plate glass. The result of this finishing is appropriately known as safety glass. The message to the participants couldn’t be clearer: Glass fulfills the highest and most varied demands placed on it thanks to that extra finishing touch.
Fusing into absurd patterns
Coatings give glass additional properties: For example, with coatings infrared rays are reflected in the baking oven, keeping the heat inside; colorful accents can be made through enamelling; imprinted and backlit glass panels indicate the function of the appliance (stove, refrigerator, etc.). Another example is the thin glass manufactured by SCHOTT Interactive Glass, which is used as a component in interactive input and transparent switching systems, thus opening up a whole range of possible applications in small appliances as well as in large industrial facilities.
Efficient collaboration is in demand
Over the years, product and design development processes have become increasingly complex. Nowadays, they must be finished faster and cheaper. This places higher demands on all involved, which means that it pays to give special attention to efficient and effective team work. “SCHOTT would be delighted to advise industrial designers in all matters referring to glass” summed up Peter Schleiffer at the interactive forum “Design in Glass”. The company’s commitment was underlined by simulations dealing with resistance and safety. As a manufacturer of special glass, SCHOTT’s vast technical know-how allows it to optimize a complex product in the shortest possible time, benefitting designers as well as consumers. Nevertheless, according to Schleiffer, the company still depends on the feedback and creative input from designers so it can help make their ideas reality.