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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

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

Well Snaarfacts has a sneak peek for you...



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Re: Exposed: The next Apple product

Pete, very VERY INTERESTING !

Just imagine if IBM PC Division had same Contracts and Corporate Ethos with Microsoft We would have known PC-DOS but never Microsoft, as it is now 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!
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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
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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
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.

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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"

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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.

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oooh! Jim I suspect your RIGHT ! umm sorry
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Our alloy is a Zr/Ti based system according to website.
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