The web is abuzz with news of Apple's acquisition of a company called Liquidmetal Technologies Inc., a onetime NASA collaborator whose namesake material is a fast-cooling alloy mix twice as strong as titanium.
We can expect tons of speculation on what Apple might do with such a metal, design-wise, and 99% of the rumors will of course be nonsense. But for an example of what can actually, and has been, done with this material, check out this manufacturing vid from watchmaker Omega:
Melting your own HDPE would probably make OSHA say Oh Sh*t
Maker Peter Brown wanted a plastic mallet, but rather than buy one, decided to make one himself—using whatever he had lying around, no plastic-handling equipment in sight. Which means, maniac that Brown is, he used a toaster oven to melt down milk jugs to get that delicious, creamy HDPE into
Royal College of Art grad James Shaw crafts extruded-plastic furniture with a historical bent.
Looking around your home or office—or anywhere, really—it's extraordinarily likely that you posses something constructed of a plastic polymer. This item was most likely pumped out by the hundreds of thousands in a factory overseas, along with billions of other mundane objects that have come to completely surround us in
Get smart about new materials, blame the media for dumb clients, and more!
Material ConneXion boasts the world’s biggest library of materials and publishes reports on their monthly findings. To get a cutting edge material-hound’s view of where connected tech is heading, we spoke with Dr. Andrew Dent, Material ConneXion’s Vice President and materials researcher.
A Report from KLM's World Business Class at Design Indaba 2015
"In design, there are merchants and pastors," explains Hella Jongerius. "I'm a design pastor. Today I step out of the closet to fight for new industrial values." In Jongerius' stirring presentation at Design Indaba 2015, the Dutch design icon explained that designers fall under two