Broken glass, a common sight in the U.S., has been one of the hottest topics in the tech world for the last few years.
In fact, glass broke off from Apple’s new iPhone 7S in a few months, and even Google’s Nexus 5X was damaged.
Even the new MacBook Pros and Surface Pro 4, both made by Intel, have broken off from glass.
And in September, Microsoft revealed that the Surface Pro 3 was also broken off, too.
But with the rise of self-assembling glass and its potential to break apart, many people are starting to wonder if the world is going to stop looking.
“Glass breaking is the most dangerous form of breaking glass because it breaks apart the glass fibers to be used in a product,” explains Jeff Miller, who founded the Glass Breaking Community on Medium.
“It’s a lot harder to make glass break.
And the reason is the surface area of a glass is much smaller than the surface of the object you’re breaking.
If you were to break a piece, you’d just get a piece and that’s it.
That would be the end of the story.”
The first self-assembled glass breaks that break apart The first self, or “assembling” glass breaks down to the same properties as the rest of the glass.
This means that when you cut it, the pieces will all break apart into individual shards.
“But the reason it’s called an assemblage is that it is a way to get more parts,” Miller says.
“A typical piece of the phone you’ll break, say, the glass around the screen, will be a piece.
You’ll have to cut that out and cut a new piece, and it will be the same shape.””
But the pieces of glass that you cut will break apart in two different ways,” he continues.
“One way is they’re going to fall apart.
You know, they’re gonna break apart because they’re not attached to each other, they don’t have a connection.
And so you get a lot of pieces that don’t actually make any sense, but they’re all coming together, and you’ll get a bunch of glass pieces.”
That second way of breaking down is called “seamless fracture.”
And it’s the result of the way the glass breaks apart.
In an assembly, pieces are attached to one another and then a joint is made.
But when you put a piece together, it has to come together at the same time.
So that joint has to connect to the rest, or the whole piece breaks apart at once.
The result is that there’s no seam.
“When it breaks you don’t get a whole lot of material to hold the joint together,” Miller explains.
“You don’t even have enough material to tie it all together.”
When you take a piece off an assembly and put it back on, you get the seams.
“And so it’s a very complicated problem,” Miller adds.
“Because of the seamlessness, you can’t just get the pieces out and pull them apart.
So it’s like putting together a puzzle.
And then you can take a lot more than one piece out and put the pieces back in.
And you can actually break it down into smaller pieces and get a better result.”
A self-assembly break that breaks apartWhile the first assembly is the hardest of all, a self-assembling glass breaking break can be a little easier to accomplish.
When you cut out an assembly of two pieces of the same material, you are essentially breaking the material apart into pieces that will all separate when you replace the piece.
“What you’re actually doing is you’re making two separate pieces of material that have a lot in common,” Miller explained.
“If you took a piece that had one part, like a glass plate, and the other part had one other part that you could connect to, you’re going through the process of making two different pieces of that material.
So you have the seam, you have a seamless fracture, you’ve got a seamlessness fracture, and that makes for a much easier process of breaking the glass apart.”
The best way to break down glass is to put pieces of different materials togetherWhen it comes to breaking apart glass, you need to be careful about what you put in your assembly. “
So that’s how you can break up a piece into pieces.”
The best way to break down glass is to put pieces of different materials togetherWhen it comes to breaking apart glass, you need to be careful about what you put in your assembly.
“The trick with assembly is you don´t want to put too many things in,” Miller continues.
“[You want] to make sure you’re getting enough of the right material, and then the right amount of the wrong material, in order to break it apart.”