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Apple Awarded Patent for Bulk Metal Glass Manufacturing Process

Apple was recently awarded a US parent for the production of bulk metal glass. The process would reportedly be able to produce the so-called liquid metal non-stop for 10 to 15 years and produce the alloy in sheets of between 0.1 and 25 millimeters with widths of as much as 3 meters. Apple, through Liquidmetal Technologies, has exclusive license for the development and sale of processed liquid alloys. This alloy in particular is used to create a glass-like metal touted for strength and durability as well as its light weight. Apple has been interested in using the technology for its device cases. To date, the material has only been used to manufacture its SIM card ejector tool. The alloy material may first be used in portable devices such as the iPhone or iPad, but may eventually be used with larger devices. (SlashDot)(Hot Hardware)(ZDNet)(Mashable)

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