Case Study: Liquidmetal Alloys in Sporting Arms

Case Study: Liquidmetal Alloys in Sporting Arms

Sporting arms components face a unique set of challenges and requirements because of the complexity and nature of the equipment. Market demands typically incorporate weight, durability, customization, and precision as areas for improvement. Manufacturers often face cost or technology restrictions when considering which of these technology improvements they will incorporate into a part. This case study outlines how Liquidmetal technology could overcome many trade-offs manufacturers must make when designing and producing a sporting arms component.

With Liquidmetal alloys – what you mold is what you get. This means custom designs like laser etching, hand engravings, or CNC machined markings can be molded into the part with remarkable precision. A part normally hand engraved can now be replicated thousands of times, with only one engraving on the mold cavity surface.

Considering performance, convenience and more, lightweight and durable equipment is highly sought after. Liquidmetal LM105 outperforms the best hardened and heat treated stainless steels and low alloy steels, like ASTM 4605, by a minimum of 13% in density alone. Additionally, LM105 has a competitive 1524 MPA yield strength and 563 Vickers hardness out of the mold.

For the sake of performance and feel in a firearm, minimal part-to-part variation is critical. In a recent Liquidmetal Technologies study, no part differed from the next more than 16 μm (0.0006”) for two different dimensions. This impressive data is covered in greater detail in the study, along with an upcoming whitepaper on Liquidmetal dimensional capabilities.