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SkillBuilder-GlassLaunched this summer, Corning’s Willow Glass is an ultra-thin (0.1mm), flexible, roll-processable glass sheet intended for use in next-generation display devices. From an applications point of view, it offers the possibility of curved displays and/or interfaces that wrap around objects or devices, and from a manufacturing point of view, the possibility of producing displays using continuous “roll-to-roll” assembly, kind of like how bulk paper goods are processed. This (rather dry) video illustrates the idea.

Willow Glass is available with or without a coating of indium-tin oxide (ITO), the ubiquitous transparent conductor used in the manufacture of flat-panel displays, solar panels, organic LEDs, and other optoelectronic devices. Chemically, it is a borosilicate glass, kind of like Pyrex. Unlike Pyrex, however, Willow Glass is “alkali-free,” meaning it has been specially formulated to contain none of the periodic table’s Group I elements—no lithium, sodium, potassium, etc.—which are undesirable in device manufacture because of their relatively high chemical reactivity.

Corning Display Technologies | Corning Willow Glass

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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  2. Jeremiah Johnson on said:

    So where I can buy some?

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