As amorphous metals cool, a lack of phase transformation maintains a liquid-like microstructure in the hardened metal. Because of this, little to no shrinkage occurs during the metal forming process, resulting in the alloy mimicking the mold cavity to levels of precision comparable to CNC machining. This means what you design into the mold is what you get, no post-molding processes required to achieve final part geometries. Along with a unique set of material properties, including unmatched strength to weight and elasticity, amorphous alloys is in a league of its own.
Every day you and I interact with dozens of crystalline materials, shaping the world we live in -from building infrastructure to the cars we drive. These materials can be formed using many different processes, some are offered by Liquidmetal as a manufacturing solution to customers. Grain boundaries in the material result in behaviors we are all familiar with, such as denting, bending or scratching. While these physical properties are not necessarily a negative, it does make a crystalline alloy fundamentally different from amorphous alloys.