Big breakthroughs in technology can hinge on the smallest of details. Consumer electronics, medical devices, industrial equipment, and other technologies are advancing at incredible pace with new features and functionality every year. Some of the biggest leaps in technology could come from new materials, which enable smaller, faster, and high performance components. Manufacturers are demanding precisely structured glass wafers to drive new applications in sensor, battery, and diagnostic technology.
No more trade-offs
Standard techniques for structuring glass wafers have reached their limits due to material tolerances and manufacturing capabilities. Besides, structuring glass is always a trade-off: customers can either focus on low cost, flexibility or tight tolerances. There has not been a gold standard to combine these three customers‘ trade-offs in a beneficial equilibrium. This fact made it necessary to find new ways for structuring glass that shrink cost, ensure distinctive flexibility and offer tight tolerances.
SCHOTT research and development teams came together to explore how to improve glass structuring. Three experts from different parts of the company drove their vision of glass-made design freedom.
“Conventional glass processing reached its limits. We needed to find a new way to meet our customers’ visions.” Matthias Jotz, Product Manager Sensor & Semicon, SCHOTT Advanced Optics
“Matthias reached out to me with this challenging task. Our joined team of experts from both R&D and technical services supported his vision and found a truly unique way in a very short time!” Dr. Markus Heiß-Chouquet, Material Scientist, SCHOTT Technical Services
“The great thing about our technology is, that it gives you design freedom and freedom of choice regarding glass types.” Fabian Wagner, Post-Processing Specialist, SCHOTT Research & Development
Changing the game
New breakthroughs in wafer structuring will allow for smaller electronic wafers, sensors, and batteries to give
designers and manufacturers more freedom in creating products and integrating components.
Let’s define the future of structured glass together.