Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: LQMT) is a leading force in the research, development and commercialization of amorphous metals. Our revolutionary class of patented alloys and processes form the basis of high performance materials utilized in a broad range of medical, military, consumer, industrial, and sporting goods products. Discovered by researchers at the California Institute of Technology, the home of 32 Nobel Prize awards, Liquidmetal alloys’ unique atomic structure enables applications that have not been possible before. Our revolutionary class of patented alloys and composites redefine performance and design paradigms institutionalized by traditional materials. SNNLive spoke with Thomas Steipp, CEO and President of Liquidmetal Technologies Inc. at the LD Micro "Main Event" 2014 in Bel Air, CA.
Mr. Steipp begins with an overview of the company, “Liquidmetal Technologies is an innovative company in Southern California that’s really focused on changing the way people think about making metal parts. Most parts today are either machined or compressed in some fashion. We take a totally different approach. We injection mold, like plastic, and as a result, you get a product which is harder, stronger and for the right applications much more inexpensive than you can get from a machined tool or something like metal injection molding. It’s a niche, but one which is very important and changing the way people think about designing parts for their businesses.”
He explains how the Liquidmetal’s approach is different from the current compressed or machined approach, “It’s really an unusual process, most of us think of taking a block of metal and turning it into a part by machining it. What we do is we make a mold which is then, every shot is computer-controlled with the same pressure, same temperature in the alloy and as a result every part that comes out of that mold is identical to the prior one and to the next one. As a result you get capabilities and material properties in any other materials.”
He goes on to say, “A lot of parts that are machined are made with other technologies, have multiple steps, a metal injection part starts out day one, finishes day sixty, machine parts get through multiple machines. We put all the work on the front end with the design and manufacture the mold and in the molding process, in two minutes we make a finished part, we cut off the cookie and the mold – the runner, and at that point in time with proper design, the part is complete. So we don’t have a lot of post-processing, while the cost to the alloy is more expensive, the cost to the finished part for the kinds of parts we’re looking at is often far less than machine.” For more information, check out their website: www.LiquidMetal.com
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