Glass has stood the test of time as the most versatile by-product of nature. Composed entirely of silica, glass has served man well for centuries. Its application of uses has included everything from dinnerware to fiber optics, electrical insulators, microchips and more. Today, glass plays a wider role in our everyday lives than ever before. We have become more dependent on glass technology as we demand excellent performance and durability out of our touch screens on mobile devices.
Corning has been the leading manufacturer of glass-based products for nearly 150 years. Today, Corning is still the leading technological glass innovator and its primary ingredient is still the ubiquitous silica. This time around, Corning is credited with the development of what it calls Gorilla Glass 3, a new age form of product being used for the fast-growing touch screen industry. Gorilla glass is being employed by smart phone, tablet and PC manufacturers utilizing touch screen technology. Gorilla glass is the result of years of Corning’s R and D department’s new technological development center. The final outcome is a glass that is incredibly thin, about ½ a millimeter thick. Yet it is stronger than glass an inch thick.