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Glass innovation in the grocery store, plus more inside June/July 2019 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / May 24, 2019

The June/July 2019 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles on glass advances and innovations—is now available online.

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Make better perfume bottles quickly and inexpensively

By Jonathon Foreman / May 24, 2019

Researchers from the United States and Europe developed a numerical model for manufacturing perfume bottles that could cut the cost and time associated with designing new glass containers.

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Reflective glass beads could slow the retreat of Arctic sea ice

By Lisa McDonald / May 21, 2019

Arctic sea ice continues to decrease at an accelerating rate each year. Nonprofit group Ice911 proposes spreading reflective glass beads on the ice to slow melting.

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Glass short courses add value to ICG 2019

By Faye Oney / May 15, 2019

Headed to the 25th International Congress on Glass (ICG 2019)? Add a day to your itinerary and register for one of ACerS short courses!

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More advances in 3D-printed glass

By Lisa McDonald / May 10, 2019

Additive manufacturing of glass is still a ways from industrial capacity, but research in this field is gaining steam. Two recently published papers detail two ways to 3D print glass—laser powder bed fusion, and fused filament fabrication.

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Flexible glasses in bulk form: A look at sulfur–selenium glasses

By Lisa McDonald / April 16, 2019

While researching the structure of sulfur-selenium glasses, University of California, Davis researchers discovered something exciting—these glasses are flexible in bulk form!

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Microwave processing of glass frit promises significant energy reduction

By Jonathon Foreman / April 9, 2019

Frit produced by researchers in Spain using a pre-production scale microwave processing method compared well to commercial frit prepared in a traditional gas-fired continuous furnace—and it used 64 percent less energy per kilogram of frit to produce.

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Could our newfound aversion to plastic prove to be a boon to glass?

By April Gocha / April 2, 2019

With a plummeting public opinion of plastic, shifting consumer preferences and new initiatives designed to reduce waste may offer some interesting possibilities for glass packaging.

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A materials dead end? The unraveling of the recycling cycle

By April Gocha / March 26, 2019

Although 91 percent of the plastics discarded on this planet have never been recycled, the materials recycling status of glass has to be better…right? A daunting look at the current state of recycling.

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3D-printed glass: Where are we now?

By Lisa McDonald / March 26, 2019

Since 2015, there have been quite a few advancements in glass 3D printing technology. Take a look at some highlights from the past four years, and find out what may come next.

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