“On July 25, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for forming three-dimensional structures which may be configured to provide desirable characteristics with respect to light, sound, and fluid travel therethrough,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
“Further, the three-dimensional structures may be configured to define desired stiffness, weight, and/or flexibility within a device,” Purcher reports. “The three-dimensional structures may be employed in embodiments including heat sinks, housings, speaker or vent covers, springs, etc.”
Purcher reports, “Buried deep in the patent is a reference to liquid metal. Apple states that “the structures may be formed by molding or casting, in which a mold or cast is employed to form the three-dimensional structure from a fluid substance, such as a liquid metal or plastic. In another embodiment, material defining a body may be compressed to form a desired three-dimensional shape by forging.”
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