Tempered glass and toughened glass are types of safety glass that are commonly used in a variety of applications, including windows, doors, and other building materials. The main difference between the two types of glass is the way they are manufactured and the properties they have as a result.
Tempered glass, also known as heat-strengthened glass, is created by heating a piece of regular glass to its melting point and then quickly cooling it. This process creates a surface that is under tension, which makes the glass stronger and more resistant to impact. However, tempered glass is not as strong as toughened glass and may still break into small, sharp pieces if it is subjected to a strong impact.
Toughened glass, on the other hand, is created by heating a piece of regular glass to its melting point and then cooling it slowly. This process creates a surface that is in compression, which makes the glass much stronger and more resistant to impact than tempered glass. Toughened glass is also more resistant to thermal stress and is less likely to break if it is subjected to sudden changes in temperature. If it does break, it will break into small, blunt pieces that are less likely to cause injury.
Overall, both tempered glass and toughened glass are strong and durable. Tempered glass is typically chosen for its aesthetic properties, such as its ability to bend or curve without breaking but toughened glass is generally considered to be the stronger and safer option. That is the reason we at iotics use Toughened Glass on all our switch panels.