Question: What Is Gorilla Glass?
Gorilla Glass is the thin, tough glass that protects cell phones, laptop computers and millions of other portable electronic devices. Here's a look at what Gorilla Glass is and what makes it so strong.
- scratch resistant
How Gorilla Glass Is MadeThe glass consists of a thin sheet of alkali-aluminosilicate. Gorilla Glass is strengthened using an ion-exchange process which forces large ions into the spaces between molecules on the glass surface. Specifically, glass is placed in a 400°C molten potassium salt bath, which forces potassium ions to replace the sodium ions originally in the glass. The larger potassium ions take up more space between the other atoms in the glass. As the glass cools, the crunched-together atoms produce a high level of compressive stress in the glass that helps protect the surface from mechanical damage.
Gorilla Glass InventionGorilla Glass isn't a new invention. Actually, the glass, originally named "Chemcor", was developed by Corning in 1960. At that time its only practical application was for use in racing cars, where strong, lightweight glass was needed.
In 2006, Steve Jobs contacted Wendell Weeks, the CEO of Corning, seeking a strong, scratch-resistant glass for Apple's iPhone. With the success of the iPhone, Corning's glass has been adopted for use in numerous similar devices.
Did You Know?There is more than one type of Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass 2 is a newer form of Gorilla Glass that is up to 20% thinner than the original material, yet still as tough.
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