ASGS Midwest Section
Spring meeting 

May 18th 2024

Hosted by

Millipore Sigma in Milwaukee

6000 N Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209

We are not able to sell tickets on-site at the meeting. You must pre purchase a ticket by May 15th. 
Purchase tickets by clicking here. Email inquiries to Aaron Kirchhoff 

Tickets must be purchased by May 15th.  On arriving you must be able to show a state issued ID to Millipore Security for entrance to the meeting. 



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. The online registration link is currently broken. You can email the webmaster for more info until it is working again. 

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.

Video Library

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.

♦ Fall 2023
Erich Moraine, Wild Rose Glass – How to make your own polished ball and socket joints
Aaron Kirchhoff, Strong Force Scientific Glass – Outboard Side Seals and Side Seal Axial                            Alignment for the undersized lathe
Chris Reddy, Pope Scientific, – Construction of a shallow “suck-in” style dewar
Robin Degroof, Pope Scientific – Construction of a 210mm OD classic style dewar
Jordon Smith – A novel approach to reheating a reactor with big ring seal for repair

♦ Spring 2023

♦ Fall 2022

♦ Spring 2022 (Canceled)

Nov 12 2021 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 2021 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