Metallic Glass: Stronger Than Titanium

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are reporting advances in the production of metallic glass, an “ideal material” for many uses, including airplane parts and and cellphone cases.

What is Metallic Glass?

Metallic glasses are uniquely tied to Caltech researchers, who discovered these substances in 1960. Metallic glasses are “metals with the disordered atomic structure of glass.” They combine the strength and hardness of glass with the toughness and resistance to cracking and shattering of metal.

New Production Process

Caltech has discovered a new process for creating metallic glasses, which reduces the costs considerably. What does this mean? Metallic glasses may become cheap enough to take the place of many plastic parts. For more information, visit Caltech or check out this video from the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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