Apple gets patent on bulk metallic alloy production

Apple gets patent on bulk metallic alloy production 1

A patent granted to Crucible Intellectual Property, the technology partnership formed by Apple and Liquidmetal Technologies, could enable mass production of amorphous metal alloys — otherwise known as metallic glass — in the fabrication of devices. The patent involves the creation of molten metal sheets that could be formed into an electronic device like the iPhone, or as part of a display, such as with a TV monitor. It notably suggests that Apple and Liquidmetal have developed a system to fabricate large pieces of the malleable material, which was previously considered difficult to commercialize due to mass manufacturing challenges.

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Apple first gained an exclusive license to use Liquidmetal’s metal alloys in 2010. The two companies later extended their agreement to 2014. [via MacDailyNews]

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