Apple may someday be using technology that might revolutionize the whole tech industry. So far, we know that Liquidmetal is apparently very uneconomical and could be used to build a very small fraction of an iPhone. But Apple won’t abandon a quest when it embarks on one, especially one that could bring about so much innovation.
Dr. Ataka Peker has been credited for the invention of Liquidmetal but, strangely enough, his name does not appear in the patent per se. Back in 2012, the scientist explained that the special qualities of the alloy which has an atomic structure very similar to glass, enables it to have important properties such as strength and high corrosion resistance. Last but not least, it’s the most spectacular quality of the alloy – it can be molded in different ways just as you would be able to mold plastic or plasticine.
The patent is entitled “Bulk amorphous alloy sheet forming process” and describes a process where molten Liquidetal is extruded further onto molten metal, floating at first and then setting in the form of a sheet. An alternative is also given – pouring the alloy into a moving conveyor to allow its cooling and then moving everything to a float chamber where the final product would be realized. By using this process constantly for 15 years, 6,000 kilomut of liquid metal might be the stuff for Science Fiction movies, but a new discovered patent seems to indicate that Apple might be working to produce such a device.
The patent was awarded to Crucible Intellectual Property, which includes Apple and Liquidmetal scientists. It reveals that progress has been made in the efforts to produce large enough quantities of this very precious material teters of Liquidmetal could be produced. Enough to make a lot of futuristic devices, we might say.