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Glass Learns to Glow and Heat Itself

By Joanne Dawson posted 05-04-2022 14:01

Glass Learns to Glow and Heat Itself.
Thanks to the new shaping possibilities, researchers at Fraunhofer IKTS have discovered that glass can be processed at significantly lower temperatures and thus be mixed with fillers that enable new functions. This opens up a wide range of new fields of application in aerospace, safety engineering, vehicle construction or laboratory technology, for which glass was previously hardly an option.

Depending on the process used, very different and complex shapes and properties are now possible that were previously either not feasible at all or required costly and sometimes environmentally harmful post-processing steps. These include a wide range of colours, but also metal-free, electrically conductive, heating, antibacterial and luminescent glasses. In addition, the IKTS glass shaping approaches in many cases reduce the consumption of energy, working time and other resources in glass component manufacturing.

For further project information: Development of new types of glass heating elements and components using 2K injection moulding
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