Date: 23 September 2022
Glass Technology Live displays unprecedented innovative exhibits. We can also see representative products of various categories at the exhibition, such as the "Glass Flower of NorthGlass". This is the second time that NorthGlass exhibits have appeared on Technology Live, and NorthGlass is still the only Chinese enterprise ever to exhibit in this area.
Technology Live is organized by four technical universities: Darmstadt University of Technology, Delft University of Technology, Dortmund Dortmund University of Technology and Dresden University of Technology. Many innovative and novel products from science and glass research will be shown to the public at Technology Live for the first time. NorthGlass exhibits the "Glass Flower of NorthGlass" - 3D multi-curved mirror glass, which is a collaboration between Tianjin NorthGlass, the holding subsidiary of NorthGlass Group, and Apple consultant EOC.
According to the official introduction: the Glass plays a vital role in architecture, and every perfect piece of art in glass architecture is a love story between a designer and a glass manufacturer. From this point of view, the "Glass Flower of NorthGlass" is a true declaration of love for architecture, as 3D glass provides architects with great design freedom when planning complex transparent building structures. NorthGlass' exhibits are like a blooming flower, and the petals are composed of double-curved, large-sized and irregularly cut laminated glass. The double curvature of each "petal" is unique with different double curvatures. The length and radius of the edge and the angle of adjacent edges echo each other. Freestanding glass is arranged in a cross shape, forming a semi-open space. Each piece of glass extends upwards. The angle of inclination varies with the glass, and the change in angle increases the curvature of each piece of glass, thus enhancing its dynamic effect.
In order to perfectly reflect the multi-curve processing capability of NorthGlass and present a stunning effect, the designing scheme of the "Glass Flower of NorthGlass" has been repeatedly discussed and revised. Since the shape of the glass changes irregularly, and in order to avoid local sudden changes and wrinkles caused by edge stretching during the glass forming process, Tianjin NorthGlass has performed a ±0.5mm measurement on each forming data of the multi-curved furnace. In order to be more practical in production, there are more than 80 points of multi-curve data in one square meter, and if a piece of 4 meters by 3 meters of glass is to be perfectly produced, the number of data points to be calibrated is nearly 1,000.
This glass has both mirror film and color glaze. The mirror film is a highly reflective film, which is not easy to absorb heat during the heating process, while the black color glaze is very easy to absorb heat. These two characteristics are positive and negative, which is a challenge to the relative fit of the two pieces of glass. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out the experimental analysis of the temperature and time-sensitive characteristics of the mirror film glass and the colored glaze glass to find their appropriate parameters, and finally show the ideal effect.
A perfect "art" is determined by many factors. The design is novel and full of connotation, and the works can bring people to think. A perfect work should have details, in which you can see the story behind the work. This is how NorthGlass treats the product as a work of art, presents our product concepts with the spirit of craftsmen, and innovates and creates for the designers’ perfect creativity.