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I previously worked on Virtual Reality and other hardware at Valve.  I currently work at Google[x].

Prior to starting at Valve, I built computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and joysticks that were designed to be used inside MRI machines.  My company, Mag Design and Engineering, sold these devices directly to researchers at academic institutions who used them to publish scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

After work, I spend time on many different types of projects that usually involve circuit design, machining, material selection, and general fabrication/hacking.  My favorite place to be is my home workshop.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to chemically strengthen glass (eg Gorilla Glass)

I describe why glass fails, and how to improve its apparent strength via a simple chemical treatment. This process is used to create Gorilla Glass.


  1. Very nice video Ben.
    Have you managed to take any photographs with plane polarized light to see the strain patterns as compared to untreated glass slides!
    I suspect that the CofE for glass plays a role in facilitating diffusion of K ions into the surface.
    I have a few pounds of KNO3 handy. I might chemically temper a bit of glass! ;)
    Thanks, Doug

  2. Nitrous, no I haven't tried the polarization inspection, but that sounds pretty awesome. I've seen photos of the strengthened glass profile as viewed in polarized light, and it's interesting to see how thin the chemically-strengthened layer is.

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