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snaarman 7th May 2012 09:38 AM

Exposed: The next Apple product
 
If you missed it, Apple have signed a technology deal with Liquidmetal, a materials company in the States. This will allow Apple exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal in future gadgets.

The material is stronger, stiffer, lighter and less brittle than any other alloy. I suspect Apple are working towards a product that actually has negative mass.... Anyway I was intrigued, so I looked through the FAQ page at the Liquidmetal site:

Can I buy Liquidmetal on line? No. You can only buy it from us. It is patented technology.

Can I buy blocks, tubes and sheet material from you? No. It is not suitable for machining and must be moulded.

Can you supply samples?
No.

Can we send you our product moulds to use? No. The specialised nature of the material means require the moulds to be made in our own licenced facilities.

So, essentially we give you our design and you provide the finished product. It's a single source situation? Yes, that's about it.

Can you tell me what Liquidmetal is made of?
No. But it does contain Unobtanium.





Hey, (and I don't want to start another Apple war in this thread) those two companies are just made for each other. Ultra stylish products made from a material that no-one else can use *chr

Can you imagine what the result will look like? No?

Well Snaarfacts has a sneak peek for you...

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/6...5051345002.jpg

Pete

Chevvyf1 7th May 2012 09:51 AM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
Pete, very VERY INTERESTING !

Just imagine if IBM PC Division had same Contracts and Corporate Ethos with Microsoft :eek: We would have known PC-DOS but never Microsoft, as it is now :D or, would we ?

It is a heck of a way of protecting your product. I wonder how much information is in the filed Patents ? They probably have 5 years of this!:eek:

Chevvyf1 7th May 2012 09:54 AM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
ps Pete, my brother worked with,, I think it was "sheets of Lithium" to get the weight down on Army helicopters frames, to make weight for the IT. This material was thin as the tin foil around a bar of Galaxy chocolate - but STRONG and STRONGER than Andrex :eek:

Jim Ford 8th May 2012 12:10 PM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Chevvyf1 (Post 164344)
ps Pete, my brother worked with,, I think it was "sheets of Lithium" to get the weight down on Army helicopters frames, to make weight for the IT. This material was thin as the tin foil around a bar of Galaxy chocolate - but STRONG and STRONGER than Andrex :eek:

Lithium is a highly reactive metal, which will react violently with water. It's also very soft and can be easily cut with a knife. I suspect what your brother worked with was titanium, which is light and fearsomely strong. Titanium is much used in the aerospace industry.

Jim

Graham_of_Rainham 8th May 2012 12:51 PM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
Ah! The "Nanomorph Mimetic Poly Alloy"

I asked them if they would produce for me a T-1001

But they said No: She "Broke the Mould" :cool:

*chr

Chevvyf1 8th May 2012 01:01 PM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Ford (Post 164632)
Lithium is a highly reactive metal, which will react violently with water. It's also very soft and can be easily cut with a knife. I suspect what your brother worked with was titanium, which is light and fearsomely strong. Titanium is much used in the aerospace industry.

Jim

oooh! Jim I suspect your RIGHT ! umm sorry :D

stanlepf 10th May 2012 11:40 AM

Re: Exposed: The next Apple product
 
Our alloy is a Zr/Ti based system according to website.


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