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Corning introduces 3D shaped Gorilla Glass

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Corning introduces 3D shaped Gorilla Glass
On Friday, Corning introduced 3D shaped Gorilla Glass. No, this has absolutely nothing to do with three-dimensional viewing. It actually describes the process Corning uses to manufacture unique shapes of Gorilla Glass without having it become bulkier or losing its properties. In other words, this manufacturing technique allows Gorilla Glass to cover a curved screen without adding thickness to the display or having it lose the ability to be scratch resistant.

The manufacturing process allows Corning to produce unique shaped Gorilla Glass without having to ship various parts to different factories around the world. A comment from Corning Special Materials senior vice president and general manager, James R Steiner, says that the company can now take Gorilla Glass from flat sheet to a finished 3D product in Asia, making it faster to ship out to customers. Corning says that it will be ready to ship out the 3D Gorilla Glass to customers starting sometime this year.

According to Corning, "More than half of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers already market devices that incorporate cover glass with subtle curves," which means plenty of demand for this version of Gorilla Glass. Corning says that the three-part manufacturing process helps designers come up with thinner and lighter devices and will help them design more comfortable displays for mobile devices.

"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. That’s a win for Corning and our customers."-James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Specialty Materials

To make this all work, Corning has partnered with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. to develop a vertically integrated production facility in Taiwan.

source: Corning via AndroidCentral

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posted on 03 Jan 2014, 23:09 8

1. aayupanday (Posts: 518; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


DragonTrail glasses are better

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 03:51

8. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


You are probably right. I dropped my GS2 2 years ago from 1m high and the glass broke so bad. Then some months ago I dropped my GS3 from a bit more than 1m high and it broke again really bad. I just dont trust those durability tests they show in commercials anymore!
Anyone knows what glass Nexus 5 has?

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 04:33 5

10. Astoni (Posts: 529; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I think gorilla glass is okay since i've dropped my oldet gs3 more than 60+ and it finnaly broke. (not that i wanted it to)

And just got my Z1, dosn't even get scratched when dropped. all it does is damage to the floor xD

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 09:53

13. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)


Even better is Sapphire

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:13

27. troutsy (Posts: 276; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Not really.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 23:19

2. Teja171 (unregistered)


I want Gorilla Glass 4

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 23:25 10

3. xtroid2k (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Dude all this is glass son its still breaks on impact no mater how slice the cake. I'm sorry but gorilla glass is a great marketing scheme. Give any smartphone without a case or screen protector to my daughter and see what she'll do to the gorilla lol. (True Story)

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:21

4. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


I use my phone with no screen protector and have absolutely 0 scratches on it. For that, I think GG does its job pretty good. I use a gel case around the back and sides in case of drops, but my phones glass is scratch free and has never cracked! I like GG. There is no product that is ever going to 100$ stop cracks from really hard drops. I've dropped mine relatively high on solid surfaces and never cracked any phone I've ever owned though so idk how it is done

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:40 1

5. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


how about we stop all this fake real world examples and demand some real third party scientific data

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 16:26

19. xtroid2k (Posts: 384; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


That's the problem. Third parties get money from some where. I don't trust anything which is used to bulster sales. I use logic and first hand experience. Gorilla glass is better then traditional glass but not by much. Forget scientific data and let's go back to what makes sense. If you drop a piece of glass it may or may not break the first time but it will eventually break.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 20:41

22. remixfa (Posts: 13936; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I had fantastic luck with my SGS1 with the original gorilla glass. I would literally toss it all the time to showcase it to customers without an issue. But that was the old school "thick" glass. Now its all thin thin thin. No matter what they say about the new glass, your always losing some resistance when you make it thinner.

I have a Nexus4 now which is GG front and back. I got a rubber case on it and have dropped it a bunch on accident. It hasnt cracked yet.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 03:05

7. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Who said this glass won't break on impact?

"this manufacturing technique allows Gorilla Glass to cover a curved screen without adding thickness to the display or having it lose the ability to be scratch resistant."

"Dude all this is glass son its still breaks on impact no mater how slice the cake." Ignoring all your grammatical errors, it actually does matter how you slice the cake in this instance. If the impact is such that the object touching the glass spreads the impact wide enough across the glass it won't break. If not, it will. Two slices of cake sliced differently, two different outcomes.

Also what you seem to be implying about your daughters handling of phones which I assume is she can scratch and/or crush a Gorilla glass screen easily is not what these companies describe as normal wear and tear. Throwing, hitting, using objects that aren't meant to be used on the screen are generally outside of the scope of what this glass is designed to handle. Now if you meant that she scrolls with her fingers and stores the phone in her pocket and it destroys the screen then you would have a point. I could be wrong in my inferring in which case please correct me.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:54 5

6. Zaramoth (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2013)


Gorilla Glass 3 is awesome...

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 03:53 5

9. TediT (Posts: 37; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


I'm sorry but it's not!

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 04:56

11. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


I'm also sorry too, but It's definitely not

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 05:19

12. 1701nino (unregistered)


I have a nexus 4 and it has gorilla glass 2 and so far with medium carefulness its totally fine.Without any scratches.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 17:45

20. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I agree.. GG2 is very good.. I've had my 920 for a year, without a screen protector, and it has like one or two extremely faint scratches on the screen.. IOW, the screen is in perfect condition❕ Now, I trust my 1520 with no screen protector on it to hold up just fine with GG2.. If GG3 is even more scratch resistant then it's extremely good because GG2 is very good...

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 06:59

25. lalalaman (Posts: 367; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


my friend dropped and smashed the screen of Lumia 720...it had GG2 i guess....imo it is only good for scratches and not if u drop it accidently....i wish they somehow copy sony to make antishatter glass....
so far im gud with SGS2....it had GG1

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 16:17 1

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


One thing I noticed about the 1520 vs the 920 is the seal around the glass.. Nokia used a hard plastic seal around the curved glass on the 920... On the 1520 the glass is surrounded by a new rubber seal, which seems like it would absorb much more energy than the old hard plastic seal.... It's time device manufacturers started padding their screens like Nokia has... I'm not sure the answer lies in depending on Corning to make shatter resistant glass,,, although it wouldn't hurt..

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 10:03 3

14. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Gorilla Glass is tough and durable, I just think that most of you are forgetting that nothing can be indestrucible. The laws of physics simply don't allow that. I've seen people slam their phones(S3's included)and the screens came away unscathed. We even dried to break the screen on a friend of mine's one time, and after slamming it and taking a screw driver to it, we had to slam it on the corner of an oak counter to finally shatter it.

Sometimes it's all about how the phone falls and where the pressure is applied to the screen. Look at videos of people trying to break glass in cars online, it's a lot more difficult than one would think, until an expert hits the exact pressure point for the glass to shatter. Glass is a lot like the human body, it's incredibly durable and fragile at the same time, no matter who makes it.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 10:08 1

16. remyrz (Posts: 190; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


that's what I was thinking and just post in less words a few minutes ago

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 10:07 1

15. remyrz (Posts: 190; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


this glass are scratch resistant guys.. not drop resistant -_-.. and my ex GS 2 was lucky enough to survive 3 years with me without broke anything. not as I see in alot of youtube videos... those drops test doesn't make sense. its just bad or good luck

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 11:47

17. Ravens (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


I only have a back case on my phone and I have yet to have my screen crack. I even boast about it to my friends by chucking my phone (lg optimus 2x) on the ground. I have no idea what happened to some of you guys. :/

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 14:09 1

18. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Dont take any phone with Gorilla glass even near the beach. Sand will scratch it up without you even knowing it.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 17:46 1

21. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I never thought of that.. Thanks for the tip.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 00:47 1

23. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


sand will do that to ANY glass on a phone the worst is volcanic beach sand like in Honolulu

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 00:57

24. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


These are the last days of Gorilla glass as flexible display start coming out then the big thing will be willow glass which is really more or a film/coating but is really great stuff

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