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Corning shows off slim flexible 'Willow Glass'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Jun 2012 13:03 User comments (8)

Corning shows off slim flexible 'Willow Glass' Corning has revealed their "ultra-slim," flexible Willow Glass.
The glass "could revolutionize the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies," says the company.

Reads the press release: "Corning Willow Glass will help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today's slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be "wrapped" around a device or structure."

Notably, the Willow Glass is processed at temps up to 500 degrees Celsius, a condition not possible with older polymer films. The glass can support thinner backplanes for OLED and LCD devices. The company hopes to use the glass in the future to develop curved displays for "immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces."

Concludes Dr. Dipak Chowdhury, division vice president and Willow Glass program director: "Displays become more pervasive each day and manufacturers strive to make both portable devices and larger displays thinner. Corning Willow Glass provides the substrate performance to maintain device quality in a thin and light form factor. Currently manufacturing in a sheet-to-sheet process, we expect Corning Willow Glass to eventually allow customers to switch to high throughput, efficient roll-to-roll processing, a long-awaited industry milestone."

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8 user comments

15.6.2012 17:39

Hey, that's really impressive!
Imagine if it is adapted to aerodynamic shapes....

25.6.2012 18:41

wow looks plastic

35.6.2012 19:49

Yes that looks pretty neat and so does this.

http://youtu.be/6Cf7IL_eZ38


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46.6.2012 9:43

This could also help keep little old ladies from breaking their noses when they don't bother to look up from texting their way out of the building too! If they make the panels large enough...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Jun 2012 @ 9:43

56.6.2012 18:03

It doesn't look very clear...

But, it is a cool idea!
You could mold it to various curved glass panels... like windshields.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

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714.6.2012 11:20

Originally posted by LordRuss:
This could also help keep little old ladies from breaking their noses when they don't bother to look up from texting their way out of the building too! If they make the panels large enough...
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815.6.2012 15:09

Originally posted by bhetrick:
Thanks to her, the old saying "an Apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been proven false.

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