About Glass

Types of Glass

Glasses may be devised to meet almost any imaginable requirement. There are many different types of glass with different chemical and physical properties and each can be made by a suitable adjustment to chemical compositions. For many specialised applications in chemistry, pharmacy, the electrical and electronics industries, optics, the construction and lighting industries, glass, or the comparatively new family of materials known as glass ceramics, may be the only practical material for the engineer to use.

The main types of glass include:

Types of special glass include:

To learn how glasses are manufactured and formed into the products and items that we all use throughout our daily lives, please visit our glass manufacturing section.

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Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Coddswallop': Hiram Codd invented the marble stoppered 'pop' bottle in the 1870s, and millions of the bottles were made, particularly in South Yorkshire. 'Wallop' was the name given to the cheap beer of the day, and beer drinkers dubbed the contents of the codd bottle 'a load of coddswallop'.


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