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Gorilla glass. Invented in 1962, not used till now.

by James Denison / August 1, 2010 5:01 AM PDT

Some sort of super strong glass that for some reason failed to find a niche in the glass world for usage until our present age. It would seem it could have been used previously, but I'm guessing it's cost is greater than what it would have substituted for.


An ultra-strong glass that has been looking for a purpose since its invention in 1962 is poised to become a multibillion-dollar bonanza for Corning Inc.

The 159-year-old glass pioneer is ramping up production of what it calls Gorilla glass, expecting it to be the hot new face of touch-screen tablets and high-end TVs.

Gorilla showed early promise in the '60s, but failed to find a commercial use, so it's been biding its time in a hilltop research lab for almost a half-century. It picked up its first customer in 2008 and has quickly become a $170 million a year business as a protective layer over the screens of 40 million-plus cell phones and other mobile devices.

Now, the latest trend in TVs could catapult it to a billion-dollar business: Frameless flat-screens that could be mistaken for chic glass artwork on a living-room wall.

Because Gorilla is very hard to break, dent or scratch, Corning is betting it will be the glass of choice as TV-set manufacturers dispense with protective rims or bezels for their sets, in search of an elegant look.

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I wonder how it would do in aircraft/spacecraft.
by EdHannigan / August 1, 2010 5:13 AM PDT

Call NASA!

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New glass
by Willy / August 1, 2010 9:35 PM PDT

Extra expense could very well NOT be that much when an alternative glass is cheaper. Plain fact for many a business if they have something that does the job and does well in use and is cheaper, guess what they do, use cheaper. Cheaper, in this case only because it less expensive than anything new and the improvements just needn't be all that deserving if a level of use is within typical or desired specs.

Now, the new glass offers a spec that is outside of the old standards, so it gets used. Even though this glass has been around awhile, they'll still price it as if it was "today's latest invention" at a premium level. I think they'll still use some protective rim to guard the sides if for anything for CYA. Though, the articles suggest its not needed, it could also thought of as a decorative effect.

FYI- I've walked across molten flat glass when in productive, it's neat to see a continuous sheet of glass, floating over molten tin. In another part of the plant are furances that contain glass, still used after decades of use. About 10yrs? ago it breached and molten glass flowed onto the floor area, causing a fire but end result what to do with tons of glass slag? -----Willy Happy

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So, can we agree that the free market is irrational and
by Ziks511 / August 3, 2010 3:16 AM PDT

sometimes impenetrable to new ideas despite obvious uses?

48 years is an awfully long time to wait for product development. Sounds more like the 18th Century.


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