As opposed to outsourcing our labor to Asia or having our Pyps produced on a factory assembly line run by robots and oompaloompas, all of our Pyps are created right here in our Denver, Colorado labs by us: real human beings. We use a combination of state of the art 3D printers, old fashioned metal working, and real life glass blowers to create all of the parts and pieces that make up our highly engineered line of Prometheus Pyps. This means that every Pyptek Pyp is a little bit unique, and is built with love by an entire team of craftsmen and engineers before it gets to you. We take great pride in the love and science that goes into making each of our glass and metal pipes.
Our glass pipes are protected by aircraft grade aluminum. We use the aluminum alloy 6061-T6 to encase the glass components of all three types of the Prometheus pipe which is very different from the softer and more malleable aluminum used to make beverage cans. Those cans are made from a lower 3000 series aluminum alloy.
The aluminum exoskeleton of the Prometheus line of glass pipes is further strengthened through anodization. The process of anodizing aluminum thickens the aluminum oxide film on the surface of the exoskeleton creating a harder, more corrosion-resistant layer that protects against chipping and peeling.
The core of each of our Pyps is hand crafted by professional glass artists in Colorado from a highly specialized material called borosilicate glass. This isn’t your grandma’s glass (or maybe it is if she happens to be a NASA engineer or a chemist) this type of glass is specially engineered to with-stand massive amounts of heat and chemical corrosion.
For further customization of Pyps, we offer the option to have any text or design lasered into the surface of a Pyp. The laser marking process uses a highly focused laser beam to remove .001 mm of surface material from the anodized aluminum Pyp exoskeleton. The laser beam’s focal point is less than a millimeter in diameter and is controlled by a specialized computer, allowing unparalleled precision and detail in the finished design. Laser marking is not only cool, it’s also highly cost effective, forgoing the traditional use of disposable engraving bits for a virtually indestructible laser beam. (Frickin sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads coming soon)
The Invincible Pyp
Above all, the Prometheus glass and metal line of pipes are designed to be virtually indestructible. We’ve dropped our pyps down mountains and run them over with trucks and haven’t managed to break one yet. Unlike regular glass pipes, Pyptek has engineered our pyps to withstand the elements, so you can take it on any adventure you can imagine. Our pyps were designed utilizing an exoskeleton model: a borosilicate glass core is sheathed in industrial grade rubber, which is then encased in an anodized, aircraft-grade aluminum shell. Thanks to all of the crustaceans and bugs out there for the inspiration. You can see for yourself the indestructible power of the Pyp HERE, and check out the engineering behind each of our Pyps: NANO, POCKET, TITAN & EMBYR
The name of our line of Pyps comes from the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus, the Titan god of forethought who is said to have crafted the first man from clay. Much to the chagrin of the rest of the Olympian immortals, Prometheus stole fire and bestowed it upon mankind. Enraged, Zeus had Prometheus chained to a cliff where his heart was eaten out by a vulture each day. Prometheus was honored by all of humanity as the bringer of fire, the inventor of the useful arts, the omniscient seer, and the heroic sufferer. In the ancient Greek tradition, his gift allowed humanity to build the first civilization, to create tools, weapons, and art, and to evolve into a great society. Our Pyps honor the heroic and innovative spirit of the gift of Prometheus and channel his indestructible nature.