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MIT Glass Lab: Where art meets science

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The MIT Glass Lab is located in the basement of the infinite corridor, in room 4-003. Extracurricular classes are offered to the MIT community throughout the school year. The lab also hosts several sales throughout the year, as well as a lectureship and residency. The MIT Glass Lab is administratively co-sponsored by the Materials Processing Center and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Learn more about the Glass Lab: http://web.mit.edu/glasslab/ Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News
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Salah Sedarous (10 days ago)
We need creative ways of making glass at room temperature for artistic purpose
patrick jaroch (2 months ago)
what a load of contrived Horse Shite. MIT isnt an art school. instead of trying to intellectualize your endeavor to justify it why not just say engineering students benefit from a creative outlet and the glass lab provides it. then you don thave to act like your trying to trailblaze contrived and rediculous paths
Rxus (1 month ago)
I understand your point of view as that was mine about 6 months ago, but I fell in love last year with glassworking because it appealed my scientific side first of all and I hope to alter your stance even a couple microns if I can. Glassblowing is a very scientific art, its not exactly interpretive dance or knitting with vagina wool or any of those typical arty farty modern intellectual shites. Glass has been a backbone of scientific development and its a very critical material, the father of microbiology used a glass lens to observe "animalcules" in a drop of pond water which lead to understanding of everything small in our universe. Glass is a temperamental material so students will have to learn about the coefficient of expansion in materials (of which different mixes of glass have different CoE's) and they get a hands on experience with this from working with glass, some of these students might be working designing things that heat and cool rapidly like space shuttles or drills that go deep into the earth. Glass might end up being a primary material used in mars colonisation as it could be constructed from minerals in the soil and manufactured into loads of things from fibres and insulation to habitat modules and mechanical parts. I get that making pumpkins isn't exactly rocket science but it gives the students an introduction and a chance to work with extreme heat and a versatile material that's primary ingredient silica is abundant on earth. I will say though that even an a musician myself I wasn't really won over by the glass band section of the video. You seem like a person who likes to learn, here is some great media put out by corning inc. about the scientific sides of glass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12OSBJwogFc (The Glass Age, Part 1: Flexible, Bendable Glass) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UamFgixecF0&list=PLPyDedUeJZL7eG4MRTHelExNJ2yEQzR1Z (modern manufacturing process playlist)
sudeep singh (1 year ago)
It's MIT or a art school.
iliya HP (4 years ago)
اندر این بحر تفکر اینا کجان ما کجا.
Jack Rre (4 years ago)
make a bong for smoke cannabis 
rutabega234 (5 years ago)
Met a guy at Bonnaroo from the MIT glass lab. He made glass dildos, I shit you not. He told us he made his daughter's first dildo.
james taylor (5 years ago)
Mostly stoners?
Mugen Hondaman (5 years ago)
(A swimming pool filled with cool gelatin or as a metaphorical sense shall I take a trip to the North Pole.) `=|
PintLasher (5 years ago)
This prof is awesome
Sui Fai John Mak (5 years ago)
Very interesting. I am however surprised when both instructors and students didn't use personal protective equipment like gloves when handling glass, and having appropriate clothing at work to minimize the risks. Good that they are all wearing safety goggles. I think health & safety comes first, in such lab. What do you think? Thanks for sharing.
Andrew Davis (2 years ago)
Glassblowing with gloves is only useful when shielding ones self from the radiant heat that comes off of the glass itself. I expect that the size of the pieces that beginning students create is far too small for this to be an issue. Burns occur most frequently from touching the heated metal rod or tools, not the glass itself. The problem that wearing gloves presents is that if the students were to be unaware of the amount of heat being transferred to the glove from the radiant heat of the glass, the gloves might catch fire and cause a much more sever burn. This can be easily avoided if the student feels the heat without the glove and doesn't keep their hand too close for too long. The only reason that the students wear glasses is because the glass spontaneously pops off of the rod and could become lodged in somebody's eye. Appropriate clothing consists of non plastic fabrics and close toed shoes. They may burn if heated sufficiently, but if they are on fire, water is readily available. Cotton is essential because synthetic materials melt to the skin and will cause much greater damage then flame. In essence, diminishing risks in the hot shop come from being aware of the possible dangers of the material and environment, not from excessive protection.
Tomasz Smykowski (5 years ago)
Great
Rito (5 years ago)
That sounds interesting.
JoeJoeTater (5 years ago)
I would take that class in a heartbeat.
what what in the bot (5 years ago)
teaching innovation??? lol

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