There are many manufacturing methods and materials available to designers of metal components today. The processes each offer different benefits but are never without trade-offs. Similarly, different materials allow for a wide range of performance characteristics, but not without a certain cost.
There are both pros and cons involved in any process, including Liquidmetal Technologies’. Choosing a process and material that suit your application’s needs within budget can be difficult. This white paper reviews several common metal forming processes, including MIM and Die-casting, and compares them to the Liquidmetal process.
When considering whether or not Liquidmetal alloys would be beneficial for your application, our team often employs the “pick three” method. If you need three or more of the properties below, you likely have a Liquidmetal application:
- Exceptional dimensional control
- Excellent corrosion resistance
- Brilliant surface finish
- High strength
- High elastic limit
- High hardness, scratch & wear resistance
- Complex shapes that can be molded
Liquidmetal technology has a unique combination of material properties and process characteristics never seen before in metal parts production. The ability to mold highly precise complex shapes in one step, in combination with ordinarily costly properties allows many engineers to completely rethink their application design. While this process is not practical for every application, it could lead to economic, performance, and overall product improvements.
This white paper will help you understand where the Liquidmetal process fits in the spectrum of metal parts manufacturing and how you can identify applications of your own that would be a good fit.