Enormous Glass Tube Is First Step Toward Building Bacta Tanks

It's almost big enough to pickle a Skywalker

A Big Tube

A Big Tube

In August, SCHOTT AG in Mitterteich set a world record: A DURAN® tube with an outside diameter of 460 mm was produced. This is the largest industrially manufactured glass tube at the moment. The reason for this experiment were customer requests with regard to larger tubes than the usual ones fabricated by SCHOTT, with a maximal outside diameter of 420 mm. Furthermore, tubes with a diameter between 400 and 420 mm and a length of 3 m were produced on request of architecture applications.SCHOTT

Great Schott, what a tube! Industrial glassmakers Schott have created a tube that measures over 18 inches on its outer diameter, besting what was previously the world's largest glass tube by over two inches. The tube is almost five feet long, and its walls are less than a third of an inch thick.

From a Schott press release:

“Manufacturing large outer diameter tubes is challenging in that they tend to collapse under their own weight,” said Stephen Russo, General Manager of Schott Tubing. “Our enhanced drawing process unlocked the ability to create a Duran glass tube that sets a new outer-diameter record in the glass tubing industry. From 360-degree display cases in retail stores to development and production vessels in biological research, Schott’s new large tubes can be utilized for a diverse range of applications, and offer high visual quality with a very smooth surface.”

This is a neat tube, but still a bit small for our tastes. What we're really looking for is something that can contain an entire wounded Jedi knight, suspended in healing liquids, until he's ready to defeat the Sith. Something like this:

Luke Skywalker In A Bacta Tank

Luke Skywalker In A Bacta Tank

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Let us know when that tube is ready, Schott.