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  • Apple Gets Exclusive License for "Liquidmetal" Alloy


    Apple has obtained a license for exclusive use of a new strong, flexible alloy for use in its products, according to a story in the Baltimore Post picked up by AppleInsider. The alloy, which is apparently called "Liquidmetal," supposedly has more than twice the strength of titanium, but cools quickly and can be easily molded like plastic. A filing with by the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Apple's license gives them exclusive access to Liquidmetal's intellectual property in order to develop products "in the field of consumer electronic products," which means no other electronics manufacturer will be able to use the alloy.

    The company compares its invention of what are called "amorphous alloys" to the introduction of steel in the 1800s and plastic in the 1900s. Based on research done on the Space Shuttle, Liquidmetal scientists developed an exotic mixture of different metals that cooled rapidly to form a super-durable glass called Vitreloy. This material is so strong that a one inch wide bar can lift 300,000 pounds, while to a titanium bar the same size that can only lift 175,000 pounds. However, Vitreloy still cracked like glass, so in 2000, the team developed Liquidmetal, which was just as strong but much tougher, with over three times the flexibility of crystalline metallic alloys. The company is marketing it to sports equipment manufacturers and also to the US Department of Defense, which is working on developing Liquidmetal for defensive armor and also for a new armor-piercing weapon that would replace depleted uranium.

    Apple has so far not responded to any request for comment, and there's no way of knowing what use they may have for this exotic metal. Liquidmetal's website highlights its invention's usefulness for making cases that are thinner and lighter, while being resistant to scratches and rust. It's possible that the alloy may be used for future unibody laptop enclosures, which are now carved out of a single block of aluminum. Liquidmetal, on the other hand can be molded into almost any shape, which would simplify the process and allow for more creative case designs.

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Gets Exclusive License for "Liquidmetal" Alloy started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      hopefully this can go on the next iPhone
    1. BeachLivin88's Avatar
      BeachLivin88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shishir G View Post
      Sir, if that happened i would jizz my pants.
      Hahaha you and me both man!
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      Quote Originally Posted by realisticmind1 View Post
      It's the end of the world
      2012 is coming
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      "hes made of a mimetic poly alloy"
      "what the hell does that mean?"
      "liquid Metal"
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      i am scared this might turn into that cop from the terminator movies lol
    1. BeachLivin88's Avatar
      BeachLivin88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      i am scared this might turn into that cop from the terminator movies lol
      You are like the 12th person to reference Terminator in this thread. Congratulations!
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Sound like a sci fi movie
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Global Thermonuclear War and Skynet, next up on Apple's "Agenda"
    1. ekull25's Avatar
      ekull25 -
      Future news report: "On December 21, 2012 at 4:38pm PST, millions of Applenet liquidmetal iPhone 6s became self aware and..."
    1. awesomeo4000's Avatar
      awesomeo4000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Acciavatti View Post
      A filing with by the Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Apple's license gives them exclusive access to Liquidmetal's intellectual property in order to develop products "in the field of consumer electronic products," which means no other electronics manufacturer will be able to use the alloy.
      God damnit.
    1. SoCal Railroader's Avatar
      SoCal Railroader -
      Quote Originally Posted by ekull25 View Post
      Future news report: "On December 21, 2012 at 4:38pm PST, millions of Applenet liquidmetal iPhone 6s became self aware and..."
      ...
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Sounds pretty cool. For the Mac people.
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      Ahh yes another one of those "Its so strong" things being used by Apple. Didnt we see awhile back where the Isuck4 screen was suppose to be by some helicopter windshield material and therfore made stronger. Damn didnt we see that FAILURE already.

      What next Iphone running Slackware booting Lilo and /exec BitchX. Ahh yes that would be the day of pure ownage.

      I can see it now /exec -o df -m and some /exec -o fortune. Well that IS if ur running in BitchX lol. Come on crapple, give us a real phone next year.
    1. nhreminh's Avatar
      nhreminh -
      Steve Jobs drops off the face of the earth for a "liver transplant", and now they've developed a light weight, easily molded super-strong alloy. Can't you see what's going on?!! iRonMan!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      That would be really awesome to protect those precious screens when we drop our phones. Havent seen any of this stuff show up on any armor yet we use, but sure the heck would be nice to have my iphone or macbook made out of the same stuff protecting us on our trucks.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Intelligent liquidmetal, just think about it.
    1. pcuserforever's Avatar
      pcuserforever -
      Liquidmetal=cool!
      But does it impede antenna performance when you hold it in your hand?
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      11 references to Terminator/Skynet and counting
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Quote Originally Posted by ekull25 View Post
      Future news report: "On December 21, 2012 at 4:38pm PST, millions of Applenet liquidmetal iPhone 6s became self aware and..."
      Lmao this one cracked me up!!!

      The iPhone 6 liquid metal is not only comes with an app for everything.......it's made out of liquid metal so that in those moments when you need a precious condom it can be made into one. Or knife, base ball bat, golf, earring and a lot of another useful things.
      This is the future.
      We will even give you a small box with the shapes of what you want. so you just stick your iPhone in it and stick in the oven or microwave. Start the melting and if you want your iPhone back just use the iPhones shape box.
      *it can be droped from 20 feet and it will not break.
      *death grip free, no kore signal lose.
      Iphone 6 this changes everything- again and again - again


      *pls don't hold your iPhone with both hands signal might decay if hold in such ways.
      * fall tested on a trampoline surface.
    1. sparaxin's Avatar
      sparaxin -
      Remember Umbrella corporation in resident evil? Attitudes wise Apple is no different. Todays Governments are controlled by Private firms... What's the future????? Apple ?