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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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sudeep singh (9 months ago)
It's MIT or a art school.
iliya HP (3 years ago)
اندر این بحر تفکر اینا کجان ما کجا.
Jack Rre (3 years ago)
make a bong for smoke cannabis 
rutabega234 (4 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?
Nathaniel Wallace (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 (1 year 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.
edum (5 years ago)
teaching innovation??? lol

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