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Liquidmetal Technologies is the leading commercial OEM supplier of bulk amorphous alloy parts to the worldwide market. Liquidmetal alloys offer more than twice the strength of popular titanium alloys with the efficiency of a one-step injection molding process. Overcoming manufacturing obstacles that face highly complex components is a main economic advantage for Liquidmetal alloys.

Liquidmetal alloys enable engineers to design parts with incredible precision of up to (± 0.0005” part-to-part variation for critical dimensions) and low shrinkage (0.4%). In addition, the net result is a high hardness (Rc 53), high elastic strain limit (1.8%), brilliant surface finish (down to 2 Ra, μin), highly corrosion resistant, and scratch resistant part. The unique combination of our material properties provides the platform for a host of applications in our targeted industries discussed below.

Aerospace & Military:

Canard
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An example of a missile canard.

The demand for precision, consistency, and performance is never higher than in aerospace and military applications. One of several heavily researched applications is missile flight control surfaces. Missile flight control surfaces require exact geometry, and are very expensive to produce with CNC (computer numerical control) machining processes. Liquidmetal alloys have the capability to match or exceed the necessary precision, and cut the cost with a one-step molding process.

Sporting Goods:

Over a decade ago Liquidmetal Technologies made high performance, innovative golf clubs. Previously marketed as Liquidmetal Golf with Pure Energy Transfer™, these clubs were extremely popular and are still in demand use today (despite manufacturing ceasing over 10 years ago). Since then, Liquidmetal alloys have attracted the attention of many different markets within the sporting goods industry due to their unique combination of properties.

Sporting Arms:

Firearm parts
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Metal firearm parts.

The demand for higher quality, lower cost equipment in the sporting arms market continues to grow, and as a result, competitive pressure on manufacturers has significantly increased. Innovative designs have flooded the market, making firearms and other sporting equipment lighter, more durable, customizable, and more visually appealing. From military to recreational shooters, the demands are typically the same: a lighter, more consistent, accurate, durable, and customizable gun. Liquidmetal alloys provide sporting arms manufacturers new design freedoms and exceptional material properties. Now you can produce hard, strong, corrosion resistant, elastic parts with extraordinary part-to-part precision and mirror-like surface roughness right out of the mold.

Medical:

Surgical parts
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Example of metal surgical devices.

Liquidmetal alloys’ durability, dimensional precision, corrosion resistance, high strength, and unique shape forming ability are highly attractive properties in the medical market. The elasticity of Liquidmetal alloys specifically has found interest in miniature clamping applications. Miniature clamps manufactured with Liquidmetal alloys apply forces that do not decrease over time, despite numerous cycles. Clamps and other mechanical devices made from Liquidmetal alloys can enable better performance (in one instance up to a 1200% improvement) over extended product life cycles.

The Liquidmetal team is constantly seeking out new applications for the material. Stay up to date with current white papers and case studies on medical applications like anvils and clamps, along with other markets here.

Automotive:

Liquidmetal alloys’ provide a long list of attributes that are valuable to the automotive market. Light-weight, high strength to weight ratio, durability, dimensional precision, superior corrosion resistance, pressure tight characteristic, and unique shape forming ability are among the highly attractive properties. Everything from top of engine applications, high pressure fuel systems components, to gears and decorative interior components are possibilities for the Liquidmetal technology.

The remarkable precision and repeatability of the Liquidmetal process combined with the high strength and corrosion resistance characteristics in a low weight alloy, provides an uncommon solution for automotive applications when compared to traditional steel and stainless steel alloy components.

Optics:

Due to its amorphous atomic structure and precise injection molding process, Liquidmetal mirrors are able to deliver optical surfaces without distortion or reflective interference from crystalline grains. Liquidmetal mirrors also have the unique capability to be subsequently hot-formed into a more complex shapes and surfaces.

Liquidmetal medical clamp prototype

Case study: Surface finish and plasticity

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