Corning, the company that manufactures Gorilla glass that is in its fifth generation is now not just limited to smart phones but also automobiles. At CES 2017, held in Las Vegas, Corning unveiled its concept electric car which had Gorilla glass on its windshield, dashboard, sun roof, windows and touch control panel that rests between the seats. Since your car’s windshield is exposed to a lot more than just dust and seat, the tough glass creator’s added some special materials to help the glass on the windshield withstand extreme temperatures and is much tougher than the gorilla glass used on the smartphones. Since Gorilla glass is much lighter and thinner than the traditional glass used in automobiles, it would amount to a good amount of energy efficiency in a world where there is great focus on the weight of a supercar for faster acceleration. The Ford GT sports car will also be having this glass on its front and rear windshields.
How is Gorilla Glass made?
Gorilla glass is made by Corning’s proprietary method named Fusion draw, where sand or pure silicon dioxide is melted along with other inorganic materials at temperatures more than 1000 degrees Celsius. This molten mixture is then poured on an isopipe which has a V-shaped bottom. Imagine the molten glass flowing from both ends of a ‘V’ and meeting at its intersection, then the glass flows down from it and is suspended from midair and begins to cool. Thus a very thin sheet of glass is formed which is then cut into a desired shape.