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- How much is a pound of Liquidmetal?
- How do I get a quote?
- Can I pour Liquidmetal into my own mold?
- Do you make the molds?
- Can I machine Liquidmetal alloys?
- What kind of tolerance can be molded with Liquidmetal alloys?
- What is the shrinkage rate of Liquidmetal alloys?
- Is it possible to do forging?
- What data do you have on Biocompatability?
- How do I get a sample?
- I am a researcher in my PhD program, how can I get a sample for research?
- What data do you have on corrosion resistance?
- What are the fatigue properties?
- Are Liquidmetal alloys magnetic?
- Is it a good conductor of electricity?
- Can it be welded to other metals?
- Where is it manufactured?
How much is a pound of Liquidmetal?
We are 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 We do not quote or sell our bulk alloys to unlicensed third parties due to the unique nature and process requirements of our technology.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.
Please contact us with your Company and application information and we will respond within 24 hours. If you need to reach someone today, please call (949) 635-2143. Our call volume at times can be high, so please leave your phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible. Additionally please use our Contact Us form and we will follow up with you.
Our alloys require special equipment and processes very different from traditional foundry and metal working processes. We cannot use molds designed for other processes or purposes.
Yes. We work with your engineers to design and manufacture the molds from prototype to production. Our molds are manufactured by licensed Certified Liquidmetal® partner(s) located in the U.S.
Our alloys are very hard and require special tools like carbide and diamonds to machine the material, however our best method is molding parts to finished features and dimensions. Please click here if you’d like to review and download a PDF of the Material Properties comparison for our production alloy LM001B
Depending upon the part complexity and location of the features, we can maintain tolerances up to 0.002 Inch (0.05mm). Please contact us to review your part geometry and engineering specifications Contact Us
Our material is a metallic glass (i.e., our alloys freeze in an amorphous, vitreous state). Since our material is a solidified liquid have a very low solidification shrinkage rate (0.2%) which allows us to mold to net shape.
No. Liquidmetal is a metallic glass and can not be forged. Our strength is a result of the amorphous structure of our alloy and does not require forging to achieve its performance properties.
We have conducted animal implant biocompatibility performed by Louisiana State University on two of our alloys and submitted the detailed results in a FDA Master File. Since we are an OEM component manufacturer, our 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.
Unfortunately, we receive too many requests for samples, therefore we sell only a limited quantitiy of Lab Grade samples (plates & rods) for your Company’s Test & Evaluation under NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Please contact our Sales Department about your applicaton. Contact Us
Please contact us and one of our Scientists will discuss the prices and availability of our Lab Grade samples for your research. We ask a professional courtesy that research results are shared with us when your study results are published. Please see our Certified Liquidmetal Research Partnersprogram if you would like to apply.
We have extensive data on corrosion (acid, base & some galvanic testing) performance for our main production alloy. Please contact us to discuss your specific application and environmental requirements. Contact Us
High cycle Fatigue data is limited. Please contact us about your specific application and requirements.
Our main production alloy is a Zr/Ti based alloy and non-magnetic.
Is it a good conductor of electricity?
Our main production alloy will conduct electricity, but there is significant resistivity. We do not recommend our alloy for conductive applications.
Can it be welded to other metals?
Laserwelding 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?
Our main production alloy, molds and manufactured parts are currently produced in the USA by licensed Certified Liquidmetal Partners