Smashing glass. It may not be the most obvious way to make money. But that's what laboratory officials in Painted Post do every day for Corning Incorporated. They test Gorilla Glass, which has been featured in more than one billion devices worldwide. YNN's Katie Husband takes us inside the lab to show us how they're testing the brand new Gorilla Glass 3.
PAINTED POST, N.Y. -- Breaking glass is what Jon Pesansky and others do at Corning Incorporated.
"Basically any way you can think of to abuse the glass, we try. We have a lot of sharp imitation types of tasks. We take diamond styluses and we basically indent or scratch the glass to see how strong the glass is," said Josh Jacobs, Corning Incorporated, Laboratory Manager, Product Performance and Reliability.
And this is just a small demonstration in the showroom. There are many other trials the new Gorilla Glass 3 must go through inside the laboratory.
"Dynamic tests, things like dropping, mocked-up phone devices onto concrete, granite, asphalt. We have devices where we drop large balls onto the glass," said Jacobs.
Laboratory officials also routinely test competitors' glass, products they say don't compare to Corning's latest Gorilla Glass.
"We've got a glass now that actually will improve the performance over the Gorilla Glass 2 when it comes to visibility of scratches and how easy it is to break it," said Jon Pesansky, Corning Incorporated, Technology Manager, Product Performance and Reliability.
So, what makes Gorilla Glass 3 so much stronger than other glasses? It's actually a recipe of different components.
"We're really looking to optimizing two things. One is the composition of the glass and the other is the processing of the glass. So we make the glass feel, what's called a fusion-draw process that gives the glass very good surface quality and then we optimize the chemical composition of the glass for things like Native Damage Resistance and also for the ability to chemically strengthen," said Jacobs.
And Corning officials say this isn't the end of the Gorilla Glass series. The testing and improving will continue as the company works to stay ahead in a quickly-changing marketplace.
Corning Incorporated officials say you can expect to see Gorilla Glass 3 popping up in products later in the year.