Current market leader for virtually scratch-proof, break-proof, and shatter-proof glass Gorilla Glass, made by Corning, will soon get a competitor from Japan’s Asahi Glass known as Dragontrail. Asahi Glass hopes to capture up to 30 percent of the glass market, and Dragontrail can potentially be seen shipping on smartphones, tablets, and other consumer electronics. Because it is stronger than conventional glass, manufacturers can use thinner glass panels while offering greater protection to help shave off weight and size of gadgets. Dragontrail is said to be about six times as tough as conventional glass.
Like Corning’s Gorilla Glass, Dragontrail was put through similar stress tests, including a scratch test with keys, a pressure test using 60 kilograms of force, causing the glass to bend but not break, and also with impact by pounding a hammer into Dragontrail. At the end of the tests, Dragontrail did not suffer any damages.
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