Boron Nitride: The Future Photonic Chip

Boron Nitride: The Future Photonic Chip Imagine squeezing light as though it were toothpaste in a tube and forcing it through a nano material over a vast distance. In other words, it will travel for over a mile through a space just one hundredth of a millionth of a metre wide. This is the future…

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Crystalline Structure of Machinable Glass Ceramics

Crystalline Structure of Machinable Glass Ceramics Machinable glass ceramics, such as Corning’s Macor, have numerous applications in the aerospace and energy industries. An earlier variant, Dicor, now little used, was a pioneering material in the 1980s for restorative dentistry. These materials have outstanding strengths and electrical insulation characteristics. Macor can be used continuously up to…

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Technical Ceramics Improve Photovoltaic Efficiency

Solar power has the reputation of being the cleanest type of energy, but to produce this also requires ultra-clean and highly efficient components made from cutting-edge ceramics. Solar cells traditionally use a semiconductor wafer, or chip, to convert incoming sunlight and generate electrical power. Now there is a race to reduce the cost of solar-generated…

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Quartz Glass Technology Improves Medical Lighting

Quartz glass is made from the purest form of silica – silicon dioxide – to produce ultra-clear glass for optical fibres. These in turn can be used to transmit light over many kilometres. These fibres are also used widely in medical applications to provide accurate diagnostics while ensuring a minimal surgical intervention. The challenge now…

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Macor Continues to Lead in Aerospace Component Design

Macor Continues to Lead in Aerospace Component Design Macor components were used in the Concorde engines and are still needed for tomorrow’s aerospace designs. Read on to find out more. Over two decades since its development by Corning Incorporated in the United States, Macor still leads the way for aerospace applications of technical ceramics.  …

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Scientific Glassblowing

BSSG & Scientific Glassblowing BSSG The British Society of Scientific Glassblowers visit Multi-Lab Ltd at the Newburn head office facility ………. A very interesting day with 10 members of the BSSG consisted of a Multi-Lab presentation in the boardroom followed by a 2 hour Questions & Answers session over lunch This was followed by splitting…

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Fused Silica Ideal for Manufacturing Aspheric Lenses

  Lenses made from fused silica avoid the heat and focusing problems associated with optical glass. Read on to find out more. Aspheric lenses made from fused silica, a form of synthetic quartz, are used to focus the laser beams involved in a variety of manufacturing processes. Often a high-energy beam has to be focussed…

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Ceramic Substrates

CERAMIC SUBSTRATES Welcome to the Multi-Lab groups blog, we would like to clear up some of the myth & mystery behind the term Ceramic Substrates So, you may well start by asking,  What are Ceramic Substrates ?  In simple terms, a ceramic substrate is ???????    ………………………………………………………………………….      Answer, A primary material on which…

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Technical Glassblowing

Technical Glassblowing, what’s involved? Our Multi-lab QuartzTec facility in Scotland has some of the best trained technical glassblowers in Europe. Working with hard glass such as quartz requires a different skill set from softer glass types used in scientific and art glassblowing. The main difference is the processing temperatures, the temperature where glass becomes “pliable”…

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Scientific Glassblowing BSSG

Multi-Lab are looking forward to welcoming  the BSSC British Society of Scientific Glassblowers to Newcastle on 27th March #UKmfg . This should be a very interesting day with scientists & engineers from within the industry (far & wide) all attending, with plenty of networking opportunities for all attendees !! You may well ask, What is Scientific Glassblowing…

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