The glass manufacturing giant Corning, behind Gorilla Glass, has just announced that it is ready to utilize its 3D glass-forming technology to shape its patented glass for the mass market. In other words it is ready to mass produce 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass that will “expand the possibilities” for industrial designers.
Following this news there is of course also a lot of speculation that this was a move to prepare for future wearables such as smartwatches.
Here’s the press release from Corning:
“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.”
Curved or 3D-glass is being used commercially more than ever now so it makes sense for Corning to offer mass production of such glass for its clients. Apple has been rumored to release an iPhone with a curved display next year along with an iWatch so it is a possibility it could utilize this new glass from Corning.