Click on one of the frequently asked questions below to see the answer. If you have a question that is not listed below, please contact us directly.


How much is a pound of Liquidmetal?

Liquidmetal Technologies is an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) manufacturer of parts.  We do not quote or sell our bulk alloys to unlicensed third parties due to the unique nature and process requirements of our technology.  If you are interested in learning about becoming a licensed Certified Liquidmetal® Partner please see our Certified Liquidmetal Partner’s page and contact us for further details.

How do I get a quote?

You can submit drawings and part information here.

Is Liquidmetal Technologies ISO certified?

Yes, Liquidmetal Technologies is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Can I pour Liquidmetal into my own mold?

Liquidmetal alloys require special equipment and processes very different from traditional foundry and metal working processes. Molds cannot be used that are designed for other processes or purposes.

Do you make the molds?

Yes. The Liquidmetal team works with your engineers to design and manufacture the molds from prototype to production. Molds are manufactured by licensed Certified Mold Suppliers located in the U.S.

Can I machine Liquidmetal Technologies alloys?

Liquidmetal alloys are very hard and require special tools like carbide and diamonds to machine the material, however, the best method is molding parts to finished features and dimensions.

What kind of tolerance can be molded with Liquidmetal Alloys?

Depending upon the part complexity and location of the features, we can maintain tolerances up to 0.0008 Inch (0.02mm). Please contact us to review your part geometry and engineering specifications contact us.

What is the shrinkage rate with Liquidmetal Alloys?

Liquidmetal alloys are a metallic glass (i.e., Liquidmetal alloys freeze in an amorphous, vitreous state). Since our material is a solidified liquid have a very low solidification shrinkage rate (0.4%) which allows us to mold to net shape.

Is it possible to do forging?

No, Liquidmetal is a metallic glass and cannot be forged. Our strength is a result of the amorphous structure of our alloy and does not require forging to achieve its performance properties.

What data do you have on Biocompatibility?

Liquidmetal Technologies has conducted animal implant biocompatibility performed by Louisiana State University on two alloys and submitted the detailed results in an FDA Master File.  As an OEM component manufacturer, customers are responsible for filing the appropriate FDA applications for material substitution, clinical trials, or Premarket Authorizations for their specific (Class I, II or III) devices.

 

How do I get a sample?

A limited quantity of Lab Grade samples (plates & rods) are available for your Company’s Test & Evaluation under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Please contact our Sales Department or one of our sales representatives for a quote.

I am a researcher in my Ph.D. program, how can I get a sample for research?

Please contact us and a Liquidmetal scientist will discuss the prices and availability of Lab Grade samples for your research. Liquidmetal Technologies asks a professional courtesy that research results are shared with the engineering team when your study results are published.

What data do you have on corrosion resistance?

The Liquidmetal team has extensive data on corrosion (acid, base & some galvanic testing) performance for our main production alloy. Data can be found in our application case studies or design guide. Please contact us to discuss your specific application and environmental requirements.

 

What are the fatigue properties?

High cycle Fatigue data is limited, but a recent blog highlights specific prototype results. Please contact us about your specific application and requirements.

 

Are Liquidmetal alloys magnetic?

Liquidmetal Technologies’ main production alloy is a Zr/Ti based alloy and non-magnetic. For specific details on magnetism please download our design guide.

Is it a good conductor of electricity?

Liquidmetal Technologies’ main production alloy will conduct electricity, but there is significant resistivity. Liquidmetal alloy is not recommended for conductive applications.

Can it be welded to other metals?

Laser welding and electron beam welding is technically possible with some materials, however, welding or soldering are not certified production processes yet.  Please contact us to discuss your specific application and joining needs.

Where is it manufactured?

Liquidmetal alloy, molds, and manufactured parts are currently produced in the USA by licensed Certified Liquidmetal Partners.

Can you mold undercuts?

External undercut features such as holes, slots, profiled grooves, and other geometric shapes can be readily produced by using a slide mechanism in the mold. When designing undercuts, proper draft and radii must be included to ensure that slide mechanisms can be retracted from the part without causing damage to the mold.

 

Do you have a minimum radius?

The preferred minimum radius for the Liquidmetal molding process is 0.25mm. Whenever possible, you should increase the radii size to further improve the molded and aesthetic part quality.

 

How strong is Liquidmetal alloy?

Liquidmetal LM105 has a yield strength of 1524 MPa, and a specific strength of 232 MPa.cm³/g. For more information please visit our commercial properties page, or download our data sheet.

 

Is draft required?

Typical draft requirements for internal surfaces will be in the range of three to five degrees while external surfaces of the part can be reduced to the range of one to three degrees. It is possible to achieve zero draft surfaces on some walls by adding slides, lifters, and collapsible cores. For more information please download our design guide, or contact our team.

 

Is Liquidmetal technology commercial?

Yes, Liquidmetal technology brings a unique process and set of material properties to the manufacturing industry. This process can develop small, precise metal parts in an economical way adding value with specific properties and its one-step process.

 

How simple is the Liquidmetal manufacturing process?

The Liquidmetal process forms metal parts in one-step through injection molding. Utilizing an ENGEL e-motion fully automatic machine, the material is heated, injected, and removed from the mold in a few minutes. No post-processing is necessary, aside from the removal of the gate and runner system.

 

What are Liquidmetal service temperatures?

Liquidmetal alloy can operate in up to 250°C. Beyond 250°C, there is a risk of crystallization in the material, and a loss of specific material properties.

 

In what ways are you exploring new applications for Liquidmetal alloys?

The Liquidmetal team is constantly utilizing R&D originating from within Liquidmetal Technologies and out to develop new alloys, microalloying, and specific market application requests.

 

What is the most important property of Liquidmetal alloys?

While there is no single most important property, the most impactful properties are general Liquidmetal alloy’s incredible elasticity, part-to-part consistency, and strength. For more on these properties visit our commercial properties page, or download our data sheet.

 

Can threads be molded?

Threads can be produced in Liquidmetal parts, but important design considerations must be followed. External threads can generally be molded directly into the part with no special requirements as long as the mid-plane of the threads is located along the parting line of the mold. Internal threads require further specifications in design depending on their size. To read more about threads download our design guide.