Apple is hiring a number of experts on amorphous metals, as the company looks to create hardware constructed from a newly licensed, super-durable custom metal alloy known as “Liquidmetal,” reports “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com).
The web site discovered a number of new job listings this week. Apple is looking for an amorphous metal development manager and two metal process development engineers to work at its Cupertino, California, corporate headquarters, says “AppleInsider.”
Apple has struck a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies (http://www.liquidmetal.com/technology/default.asp), a California-based company that holds patents on new metal and alloy designs, for essentially access to all of its intellectual property. According to the LiqudMetal Tech web site, its alloys are a” revolutionary class of materials that redefines performance and cost paradigms.”
The superior properties of Liquidmetal alloys are made possible by revolutionary scientific and technological innovations, the company says. The alloys have an “amorphous” atomic structure, which is unprecedented for structural metals. Also, they include a multi-component chemical composition, which can be optimized for various properties and processes. Finally, they lend themselves to process technology similar to that possessed by plastics.