“Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a series of four patent applications from Apple relating to their potential use of Liquidmetal, a metallic glass alloy,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “One of the patents published today covers the creation of 3D parts using an atomized powder.”

“Apple’s invention generally relates to methods of constructing a three-dimensional part using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer, as well as metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith,” Purcher reports. “In one embodiment, the metallic glass-forming powder is a homogenous atomized powder.”

“Apple’s patent [illustration] depicts an exemplary method of constructing a part from metallic glass sheets layer by layer,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s first patent application 20150299825 was originally filed in Q2 2015. The other liquid metal related patents published today by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office include the following: Patent Application 20150299824: AMORPHOUS ALLOY ROLL FORMING OF FEEDSTOCK OR COMPONENT PART; Patent Application 20150298206: INJECTION MOLDING AND CASTING OF MATERIALS USING A VERTICAL INJECTION MOLDING SYSTEM; Patent Application 20150298207: INDUCTIVE COIL DESIGNS FOR THE MELTING AND MOVEMENT OF AMORPHOUS METALS.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustration, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hmm…

I estimate that Apple will likely spend on the order of $300 million to $500 million — and three to five years — to mature the technology before it can used in large scale. — Dr. Atakan Peker, one of the Caltech researchers who invented Liquidmetal, May 2012

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