Category Archives: Metals

Chinese Investor Pumps Some Life Into Liquidmetal

Long-struggling Liquidmetal is now operating under Chinese management, which is injecting capital and new life into the Cal Tech spinoff. One interesting development from a molding perspective is [..]

Amorphous Metals, Asia, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America

Is Metal Injection Molding Obsolete? Hardly

A headline on a 3D printing Web site announces: “Ricoh makes metal injection molding obsolete with new highly efficient metal 3D printer”. OK, it’s still silly season in [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Metal Injection Molding (MIM) ,

Complex MIM Part on AR-15 Rifle Wins Design Award

While the domestic firearms market declined in 2015, new applications are emerging for metal injection molded (MIM) parts. One example is a front sight base used on the [..]

Defense, Design, Metal Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America

Apple Eyes Expanded Use of Molded Metal Parts

Increased use of molded specialty metal parts appears very much to be in Apple’s future. In the biggest buzz, Apple will use metal injection molded hinges in a new [..]

Amorphous Metals, Electronics, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , ,

Chinese Investor Poised to Take Control of Liquidmetal

One of the jewels of American advanced materials’ technologies is on the verge of a potential takeover by a Chinese manufacturer. Liquidmetal Technologies, a Caltech spinoff based in [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Asia, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , ,

Can ARC Breathe New Life Into Thixomolding?

ARC Group Worldwide this month announced development of a new, proprietary thixomolding process that targets one of the process’s leading problems: high costs. No details were provided on [..]

Asia, Automotive, Electronics, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , ,

Is There Still Hope For Liquidmetal Injection Molding?

Patient and long-suffering investors in Liquidmetal Technologies are anxiously awaiting announcement of the company’s fourth quarter earnings next week. Many had bought soon after the company went public [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Consumer Goods, Defense, Design, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , , ,

Apple Applies Vibrations To Improve Molding of Liquidmetal

Apple and Liquidmetal continue to develop new technology for amorphous metals injection molding. Late last year, Apple and Crucible Intellectual Property filed for a patent for the application [..]

Amorphous Metals, Electronics, North America , , , ,

Insert Molding Plays Key Role In Apple Patent

Apple is studying the potential for use of insert injection molding to create smaller and more secure frames (also known as ground rings) for plug connectors used on [..]

Amorphous Metals, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Insert Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Polyacetal , , ,

Apple Develops Parison, Feedstock BMG Technologies

Apple continues to invest in new intellectual property for the injection molding of amorphous liquid metals (aka bulk metallic glasses or BMG) commercialized by Liquidmetal, a Caltech spinoff [..]

Amorphous Metals, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Metal Injection Molding (MIM) , ,