Three prototyping programs indicate strong potential for injection molded amorphous metal in medical device applications.
"There's a tremendous amount of interest from the medical community," Tom Steipp, CEO of Liquidmetal Technologies (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) said in an interview with PlasticsToday.
Selling points for molded amorphous metal include:
• Compact size and ergonomic shape,
• Production costs in line with plastic injection molding,
• Strong material with thin walls,
• Corrosion resistance, and
• Non-magnetic (MRI compatibility).
Steipp said in the interview that the full biocompatibility of the amorphous metals' technology is still being tested, "but nothing to date indicates that will be a problem."...