Glass Shop

The Glass Shop is a full-service shop engaged in the design and fabrication of custom and standard scientific glassware. Service is available to the entire Virginia Tech campus and the business community. 


  • Fabrication and repair of borosilicate and quartz glassware
    • Flame working, including cutting, drilling, and grinding
    • Ultrasonic machining
    • Evacuation and silvering
    • Metal-to-glass seals and electrical feed-throughs
  • Instruction, demonstration, and promotional items

Ordering Work

Services are rendered only after an Interdepartmental Service Request (ISR) has been processed. Instructions for creating an ISR can be found here. Commercial customers should contact Tom Wertalik to make arrangements to submit a purchase order.

All glassware needs to be thoroughly cleaned before it is brought to the Glass Shop. An acceptable scale drawing is required to aid in the discussion of the repair, construction, or modification required. Service is generally on a first come, first served basis, but emergencies will get higher priority if possible.