New Glass Shows 1960’s Had No Imagination

In 1962, Corning Inc (that 159 year old glass company, I’m sure you’ve heard of them) invented something called Chemcor.  Originally designed to be as strong as steel, it fell short of its design goal and was only 2 to 3 times as strong as normal glass.  Oh, it is also paper thin.  And it’s damage resistance properties are downright otherworldly!

Back in the day, Corning was hoping to use this glass in car windshields but were beaten to the punch by a British company that could make a suitable material for cheaper.  The project fell by the wayside and was never looked at again.  Right up until recently . . .

Asian electronic manufacturers needed some way to protect their nice new TV’s and cell phones and went to Corning.  Corning, in turn, went through their old database and found Chemcor.  Slap the new name Gorilla Glass on it, and you have a winning product!

Corning scientist Matt Black poses for a photo demonstrating the strength and flexibility of Corning's thin and damage-resistant Gorilla glass in Corning, N.Y. Corning said its net income soared in the second quarter thanks to strong sales of its glass for flat-panel televisions and mobile devices.

So here’s what I don’t get; your scientists create an ultra flexible, ultra strong type of glass that can be made thinner than nearly any type available at the time and you can’t think of ANYTHING else to do with it?  Did scratches not exist in the 1960’s?  People LIKED having TV’s that weighed as much as their car?  Aircraft and spacecraft gauges all had to be heavy, dangerous, thick glass?  Just what was the issue with marketing some new super-material to the public?

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