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What is Liquidmetal used for?
Rumors that the iPhone 5 or the 2012 refresh of the MacBook Pro could feature case components made of the high-tech amorphous alloy called Liquidmetal has generated a lot of interest in this material.
Liquidmetal is the commercial name given to an alloy that is almost twice as strong as the strongest titanium alloys. It was developed by Caltech in 2003 and has been used in a broad range of military, medical, luxury, consumer, industrial, and sporting goods products.
Let's take a look at some of the uses that this fascinating material has been put to.
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iPhone SIM eject tool
Probably the most widespread use of Liquidmetal is also probably the most dull. Since licensing this technology from Liquidmetal Technologies Apple has used this robust wonder material make the SIM eject tool for the iPhone.
I guess Apple wanted something sexier than a paperclip!
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Liquidmetal is used to make the tips of this dental whitening laser from BIOLAZE. This application leverages the material's high hardness, durability and low thermal conductivity.
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