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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.

How to Submit Work

  • Job submission is by appointment only. Users should email Tom Wertalik ( to make an appointment. 
  • All work submitted must be clean, contained in a labeled box or crate, and must have a completed Glass Shop Request form. Make sure to put your email on the form. The box must be clearly labeled with your group's name.
  • NO scraps of paper, notes on boxes, or dirty glassware are to be submitted.
  • After you have dropped off your work, notify Tom Wertalik ( Any questions or special instructions should also be emailed to Tom.
  • Tom will notify you when the job has been completed.
  • Completed job pickup is by appointment only.


Service Center Information

1006 Hahn Hall South


Tom Wertalik,


Service Rates



Shipping Address

Glass Shop
ATTN: Tom Wertalik
Department of Chemistry (0212)
Davidson Hall Rm 171, Virginia Tech
1040 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061