The last time we heard about liquid metal, it was chasing the leader of the resistance and his mother around relentlessly. Apparently, Apple is interested in using shiny new material in its upcoming toys, making its products even harder to beat in the looks and toughness departments. How else can you explain Apple going after an exclusive agreement with LiquidMetal. Liquid metal looks like glass and is very shiny, but it’s super tough too. What does Apple to do with it? The company’s plans are not clear at this point.
Liquid metal alloys may look like glass but they are not translucent, which is a bummer. These materials are quite exotic, so don’t expect Apple to turn everything to liquid metal.
Here are some interesting facts on Liquid metal:
- High Yield Strength
- High Hardness
- Superior Strength/Weight Ratio
- Superior Elastic Limit
- High Corrosion Resistance
- High Wear-Resistance
- Unique Acoustical Properties
One of the direct results of the unique atomic structure of Liquidmetal alloys is very high yield strength, which approaches the theoretical limit and far exceeds the strength currently available in crystalline metals and alloys. For example, yield strength of over 250 ksi has been achieved in Zr-base and Ti-base Liquidmetal alloys (VIT-001 series). This is more than twice the strength of conventional titanium alloys.Trending iPhone & iPad compatible gadgets:
Apple is not planning to discuss this perpetual agreement anytime soon. But based on the discussed characteristics of this material, it’s not tough to imagine what Apple is planning to do with LiquidMetal.