Today’s smartphones are incredibly complex. More than the sum of their parts, these devices power wide-ranging computational processes and contain tens of thousands of individual parts. Every element of the modern smartphone has been considered (and reconsidered) for its performance, cost effectiveness, and versatility.
Glass Fibers as the Backbones of Smartphones
Glass fiber has long been prized for its inherent strength properties. These properties make it the ideal material for use in high-test applications such as consumer devices, namely smartphones. Most of today’s top-selling smartphones utilize glass fiber within the external framing of the phone itself to protect the device’s sensitive internal components.
Smartphone casings are made of composite materials designed to offer hard strength and durability. The most commonly used material is thermoplastic, a resin embedded with some combination of glass and/or carbon fibers. Composites can be molded into almost any shape or size and the filaments inside can be selected specifically for their characteristics of strength, stiffness, and high thermal capability. Alignment of the filaments is also critical to the ultimate performance of the product.
The Future of Glass Fiber for Smartphones
As phone makers continue to push the bounds of materials science, adjacent industries look to glass fiber as a cost-effective solution for high-tech problems. Glass fibers are integral to the “hard case” sector which manufactures increasingly high-performing cases designed to protect smartphones from drops, water, and even electrical shock.
Glass fiber is also the foundational component of fiber optic technology, itself integrated into more and more smartphones (and, relatedly, into telecommunications networks.) Today’s most cutting-edge fingerprint scanners utilize fiber optic technology to efficiently and reliably transmit microscopic identifiers to and from phones’ core processors, for example.
High-Quality Glass Fiber and the End Result
Fiberglass is uniquely suited for the construction of consumer electronics because it is both resilient and lightweight. Fibers can be made to almost any specification which means the material can readily be adapted to whatever design du jour the market supports. In addition to providing strength without brittleness, glass fiber is also far less expensive than comparable high-tech materials such as carbon fiber or Kevlar.
B&W Fiberglass is an innovation machine. We work with some of the biggest names in technology to produce and supply incredibly high-performing glass fiber for use in myriad commercial applications. From cases to frames to fingerprint scanners, our products are paving the way.
Our loyal customers see us not just as a fiberglass supplier, but as a fiberglass partner. Would you like to speak with a knowledgeable team member at B&W Fiberglass about how our capabilities can advance your technology?