Corning Announces Manufacturing Readiness of 3D-Shaped Gorilla Glass

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Corning, one of the suppliers of Gorilla Glass found in Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod has announced the manufacturing readiness of 3D-Shaped Gorilla Glass. Essentially, the company has developed the product and is ready to manufacturer the glass.

Corning Incorporated today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning Gorilla Glass. Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan.

Product design continues to drive the consumer electronics industry. More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves, and the demand for even more-dramatic form factors is increasing. Corning’s 3D-forming technology meets this demand and expands the design possibilities for industrial designers.

The relationship with GTOC allows Corning to provide a “one-roof” solution. “We can now take Gorilla Glass all the way from flat sheet to a finished 3D-shaped product in Asia, expediting turnaround times and minimizing logistical complexity,” said James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials. “That’s a win for Corning and our customers.”

Corning’s 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.

Such glass could be used in an iPhone with curved display, which has been a wish. Even the rumored iWatch could make use of such curved glass, which is also rumored to be in the works at Apple.

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darkspr1te - January 5, 2014 at 6:41am
i think this will produce displays where the image will wrap around edges of the device, in one example i've seen the 'edges' of the device act as play/pause display/button and shutter release in camera mode, other options include curved vehicle displays, corner monitors , watches, glasses (as in google style). There are also applications in medical imaging and teaching. Here is a great example of it's use Enjoy the future boys, it's got the best curves :-)
darkspr1te - January 5, 2014 at 6:45am
oh, small addendum, this is not the actual image display but the protection for the display, but still a much needed part of the greater puzzle.
Orly - January 4, 2014 at 9:45pm
By 3D I hoot this means more than curved display because if this is the direction,I beg to differ.
Orly - January 4, 2014 at 9:45pm
zetaprime - January 5, 2014 at 12:42am
I don't see the value of a curved screen unless it's flexible and can be curved or flat as desired.
Orly - January 5, 2014 at 1:52am
Not that I want curved screen I mean not in a wrong way.
Russell - January 5, 2014 at 2:43am
"Corning Incorporated today announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning Gorilla Glass."

I too hope it's more than finding an economical way to curve or shape glass.

Car headlight manufacturers have been doing that for decades.
Orly - January 5, 2014 at 4:23am
It's right for cars but for displays we use for seeing, I agree on that because it limits viewing angle and stretches more things tight or stretched. Even for a watch I don't want one.
Jaisen - January 4, 2014 at 8:57pm
Apple already uses gorilla glass just like almost every phone manufacturer. The first sentence of this article even says Apple uses gorilla glass.
K - January 4, 2014 at 9:43pm
But what about how less samsucks crack less than iPhones?
K - January 4, 2014 at 1:56pm
I hope apple will sign the deal now with these guys, sharp screen sucks.
zetaprime - January 4, 2014 at 4:03pm
Corning only makes the glass for screens, not the actual display.
K - January 4, 2014 at 5:48pm
That is what I mean.
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