Stay tuned for a Spring 2022 meeting location and date
Here’s a handy glassblowing kit to get you started
Fall of 2022
In person joint meeting with The University of Iowa at Iowa City Chemistry Dept Glass Shop
and the Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
Benjamin Revis Host
This first ever joint meeting between our two organizations is to celebrate
the 100 year Anniversary of Scientific Glassblowing Support Services at University of Iowa
Stay tuned for a fall 2022 date
Would you like to become a member of the Midwest Section?
If you are interested in us, we are interested in you. It’s easy to do. Pay with your credit card, dues are $20/year. The Midwest Section welcomes anyone interested in learning or sharing scientific glassblowing technique, materials equipment and tools. No prerequisite necessary. You will get advance notice of future meetings, priority registration when seating is limited, and a price break on meeting costs. PLUS a good feeling knowing that you support the preservation and sharing of this knowledge which is so hard to find.
Would you like to host a meeting?
We are always looking for research or technical glass facilities to host a meeting either via Zoom or in person. If you are interested in hosting please contact the Midwest Section Chair.
Would you like to sponsor a meeting?
Got a service or product to sell? Want to connect with the scientific glassblowers market? Please consider becoming a sponsor of a section meeting or a section video. Contact the section chair for more information.
The Section maintains a library of videos relating to scientific glass construction, tools and techniques on our YouTube channel. Some of these are from past meetings, some are worthwhile ideas submitted by interested people, all are available for free to anyone interested. If you have a video you would like to share please contact the Midwest Section Communications Chair. You can find a listing of our video library here: Video Library You can also look for them on our YouTube Channel here: Midwest YouTube
The Midwest Section includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and anyone else who would like to be a member. This very active Section meets twice per year, typically in the Spring and Fall. Meetings are a great way to collaborate with glass colleagues to learn new techniques and procedures. Join us at a Section meeting to meet your glass neighbors. For more information or to become a member please contact the Section Chair
Past Meeting Locations and demonstrations.
Highlighted demos are available for online viewing.
♦ Nov 12 2020 University of Nagoya Japan Co-hosted by Hideko Natsume and Kazunori Watanabe
University of Nagoya Campus Tour
University of Nagoya Glass Shop tour
Sidearm seal on the lathe – – Hideko Natsume
Adaptor for holding glass threads while sealing on the lathe – – Hideko Natsume
Splash guard for diamond lapping wheel – – Kazunori Watanabe
No blow sidearm seal on the lathe – – Hideaki Hashimoto
Tooling and grinding a high vacuum standard taper joint – – Kazunori Watanabe
♦ Mar 27th 2020 Yale University jointly hosted with the Northeast Section (Online only) – Daryl Smith host
Yale Campus Tour – – Erich Moraine
Yale Glass shop tour – – Daryl Smith
Blaschka glass models – – Sally Prasch
Sapphire tubing to N51 borosilicate tubing seal – – Patrick DeFlorio
Fireshield hand protector construction and use – – Tracy Drier
♦ Oct 24th 2020 Kansas State University – James Hodgson (Online only)
Kansas State Campus tour – – James Hodgson
Kansas State Glass Shop Tour – – James Hodgson
Wet Working Area of the Kansas State Glass Shop – – James Hodgson
Brief tour of the Kansas State Glass Shop workbench – – James Hodgson
Convert a 90 Degree 1 arm Stopcock to a 45 degree inline at the bench – -James Hodgson
Flawless star crack repair – – Kyle Meyer and Tracy Drier
Hammer welding platinum – – Tracy Drier
Precision resizing tubing OD – – Benjamin Revis
Coil winding at the bench – – Kyle Meyer
♦ April 13 2019 University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Chemistry Dept Glass Shop: Neal Korfage
Kovar to glass seals on the lathe: David Fox,
Internal bellows: Bill Wasmiller
Perfect vacuum tip-offs: Tom Galbraith
♦ Oct 27th 2018 U. of Illinois Champagne-Urbana Chem Dept Glass Shop Urbana Il: Andy Gibbs
Winding coils by hand: Andy Gibbs
Tee seal on 2″ process pipe: Jordan Smith
Short form double wall beaker: Corina Guerra.
♦ April 28th 2018 Mayo Clinic Glass Shop Rochester MN Steve Anderson
High vacuum tungsten to boro seals: Tracy Drier
Drilling holes in boro with tungsten: ??
♦Oct 14 2017 Millipore (formerly Aldrich Chemical) Milwaukee WI Michael D’Aquisto II
Center neck on a 72 liter flask: Ian Meyer
Custom holder for a separatory funnel: Erich Moraine,
♦ April 29, 2017 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass Shop Kiva Ford–
Polishing carbon tools: Erich Moraine,
♦ Sept 24 2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Dept Tracy Drier
Hand pulled tubing from the time of the Blaschkas
The worlds first piece of purpose built scientific glass: Dr. Cathrine Jackson
♦ April 9, 2016 Western Michigan Glass Alliance Kalamazoo, MI Frank Meintz
Vac stacking to make colored tubing: Kyle Meyer
Glass tubing crack off machine use: ??
Basic seals in quartz: Paul Doyle
♦ October 10, 2015 Argonne National Laboratory Joe Gregar
Hand tooling a joint at the bench: Kyle Meyer,
♦ April 18, 2015University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Neal Korfage
Bends on the lathe: Tracy Drier.
♦ October 18, 2014 Wild Rose Glass Erich Moraine
Tooling a 5mm dia flange on the lathe: Benjamin Revis
♦ April 12, 2014University of Iowa Benjamin Revis
Angled ring seals on the lathe: Erich Moraine
Glass formulation chemistry: ??
♦ Oct 19, 2013 University of Wisconsin Madison Chemistry Dept Glass Shop Tracy Drier
Hydroflouric Acid safety: Erich Moraine
♦ Apr 13,2013 Western Michigan Glass Society Frank Meintz
♦ Oct 12, 2012 University of Notre Dame Radiation Lab Glass shop Patrick Bennet