The Glassblowing Facility, located in room 39, serves the teaching and research needs of the Department with the design and fabrication of apparatus through the fine art of glassblowing. The current charge for fabrication is $40 per hour. For University departments, this price is considerably below that of commercial firms off campus. The facility is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on weekdays.
Some of the work produced in the shop includes distillation apparatus, vacuum racks, glass-to-metal seals, dewars, condensers, liquid air traps, laser tubes, optical window sealing, and general repair work involving cutting, grinding, and drilling. The repair work that is done there is done at half the price (or less) than the replacement costs for new items. It is a well-equipped laboratory with three lathes, three ovens, cutoff machines, grinders, and other miscellaneous equipment, along with numerous glass materials. We also teach scientific glassblowing. Much of the work is done from rough sketches or designs drawn by a researcher who needs a glass item with specific dimensions.
Scott Bankroff is the glassblower within the Facility and has considerable experience in many areas of glassblowing. He can be reached at 517-355-9715, Ext. 379.