According to thesite, all convetional materials are probably made obsolete by the technology.
So, any day now, someone will use the liquidmetal to do anything that
can be done in any other material.
But, maybe it isn't entirely that easy........... Now how could that
Casting as a rule hasn't eliminated all other forms of shape creation of
Maybe, there is a clue to the future of liquidmetal in that observation.
Something which is "great" is not "great" for all things.
For example, I can imagine placing these etched features on low cost
aluminum alloys for adhesive bonding purposes in complex assemblies.
I CAN CAST IT, BUT I CAN'T GET IT OUT OF THE MOLD.
Molds for solid parts often have smooth surfaces or else are easily
broken and disintegrated to remove the molded part.
It doesn't readily follow that a cast liquidmetal including these
roughened surfaces will easily be removed from the mold that was used in
the casting, let alone other cost considerations.
- posted 18 years ago