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  • Apple Hiring Liquidmetal Engineers


    Apple is looking for an amorphous metal development manager and two metal process development engineers, in an indication that a future Apple product - possibly the next generation iPhone - will be made of Liquidmetal, a new light, moldable, and durable alloy that Apple bought exclusive rights to last month. The job listings say that the candidates' roles will be "highly visible," suggesting that the alloy will be used in one of the company's marquee products.

    Last month, Apple closed a licensing deal with Liquidmetal Technologies, which had developed a process for making a material with twice the strength of titanium but moldable like plastic, by cooling molten metal quickly to prevent the creation of crystalline structures. The alloy can be molded into complex shapes when bent or twisted without any weak spots, is anti-corrosive, scratch-resistant, extremely durable and thus ideal for small, strong, light devices. It can even be etched with indelible holograms, or patterns that generate colors in reflected light. The little SIM ejector key in the iPhone 3G was reportedly made of it, and the metallic glass alloy is used in products like Vertu cell phones and SanDisk flash drives.

    According to three job postings, Apple is looking for an Amorphous Metal Development Manager, Metal Process Development Engineer, and Amorphous Metal Development Engineer. The listings say that all the new staff will have a “highly visible role,” and will be responsible for "developing amorphous alloy composition, molding and forming processes, and secondary operations (e.g. machining, grinding, finishing) as applicable to Apple requirements.”

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Hiring Liquidmetal Engineers started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post