Patent Number: 7,820,941

Title: Process and apparatus for scoring a brittle material

Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for laser scoring of flat glass sheets. The process comprises manipulating a laser beam having a substantially Gaussian intensity profile to produce an elongated heating zone on the glass sheet to be scored, the elongated heating zone having a central portion with a lower temperature than a temperature of an outer portion of the heating zone. An initial crack is made in the glass sheet, the elongated heating zone is traversed across the glass sheet coincident with the initial crack, and the heated glass is thermally shocked by directing a cooled liquid against the heated glass, thus propagating the crack. The scored glass sheet may thereafter be broken by applying bending techniques as are known in the art.

Inventors: Brown; James W (Painted Post, NY), Menegus; Harry E (Beaver Dams, NY)

Assignee: Corning Incorporated

International Classification: B23K 26/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00