Just in time, The popular gorilla glass maker Corning Incorporated has announced the manufacturing readiness of a novel 3D glass-forming technology to shape Corning Gorilla Glass. Corning is targeting commercialization of finished 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass parts in 2014 and is working with G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. to establish a vertically integrated operation in Taiwan.
The Corning’s new 3D-forming technology can achieve precise tolerances and high throughput on a platform that is more economical than alternative two-mold forming methods. This technology uses Gorilla Glass of uniform thickness, assisting designers to introduce thinner and lighter devices and leverage the emergence of conformable displays for mobile and wearable applications.
With this solution, Corning aims to pre-empt the trend of curved displays in smartphones like we have seen from Samsung and LG devices. However, a bigger market is yet to come.
The announcement of 3D Gorilla Glass would be of immense importance, especially for those smartwatch makers as a cheaper alternative to use in their smartwatches. With a certain company long rumored to be making a smartwatch with a curved glass display, it is quite possible we won’t have to wait for much longer to see the first product using this new technology.