Precision glass for today’s consumer electronics
The durability of your touch screen. The brilliant, high definition images on your television. The lightweight, thin form factor of your smartphone. The qualities of glass make these advantages possible. But not just any glass will do.
The glass that meets the needs of today’s consumer devices must be exceptionally thin, pure, stable, and flat. Combining all these elements into one precise glass technology is possible through a unique manufacturing method called the fusion process.
Pioneered by Corning, the exact science behind the fusion process remains a closely guarded secret, but in essence, this is how it works:
First, molten glass flows into a large trough until it overflows. Gravity pulls the flowing glass down each side until the streams merge or fuse in the air under the trough. As the glass evenly flows under the trough, it forms a pristine sheet of glass. The sheet is mechanically cut, removed by robots, and finished.
This tightly controlled process produces the precision glass that not only transformed the liquid crystal display (LCD) industry, but also helps create the high resolution, touch-enabled tablets, smartphones, and other devices that consumers demand. Here are some of the attributes that make fusion-formed glass important for today’s consumer electronics: