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August 16th, 2011

Video of the week: Stronger than steel—the evolution of glass

Published on August 16th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: MSNBC; Corning Inc.

The video below is a recent production of MSNBC’s Future of Technology series. It covers both familiar ground, such as the glass cubes that project out from Chicago’s Willis (nee Sears) Tower, Apple’s proposed new headquarters and Gorilla Glass, as well as some new territory regarding Corning’s unconfirmed plans to introduce what is described as a highly flexible and filmy form form of Gorilla Glass (the narrator says its like Saran Wrap), plus a type of GG that can be formed into 3D shapes such as keyboards and countertops.

Concerning new GG forms and applications, James Steiner, Corning’s senior VP for specialty products, appears to say that they are scaling up processing from the current small scale pilot production line to the point where the company will be able to make hundreds of thousands of pieces by early 2012. The video also shows some scenes (see still, above) of roll-to-roll processing of what appears to be a strong, thin continuous sheet of glass.

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