Glass covers are pushing lots of things over the edge.
Brilliant smartphone images once bordered by a narrow frame can now flow seamlessly down the sides, creating a striking new visual experience. Glass-encased car dashboards curve gently, elegantly, and provide tough, interactive display space where there was once nothing but plastic.
These three-dimensional glass applications and many more — some in stores now, some still on designers’ whiteboards — are shaping new possibilities for the role glass can play in our daily lives.
But traditional soda-lime glass has been formed in three-dimensional shapes for ages, you might say — and you have the casserole dishes to prove it. Why is it so unusual to see today’s electronic cover glass go from flat to 3D?
It all has to do with advancements in glass melting and forming technology — and, in short, the extreme precision with which glass manufacturers can now mold high-tech glass while still meeting the aesthetic and performance demands of today’s consumers.