RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: LQMT), the world’s
leading developer of amorphous alloys and composites, and the University
of Southern California’s M.C. Gill Composites Center are joining forces
to develop an advanced manufacturing process to produce large-scale
amorphous metal and fiber laminate sheets for space applications. The
work is funded by a NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase
I contract addressing solicitation topic number Z2.01, “Cross
cutting advanced manufacturing process for large scale bulk metallic
glass systems for aerospace applications.”
The primary application for this advanced technology at NASA is to build
an outer wall bumper shield capable of protecting spacecraft and
satellites from micro-meteoroid and orbital debris. Project goals
include developing methods to manufacture thin amorphous metal sheets on
a large scale, as well as the fabrication of fiber metal laminates in
According to Liquidmetal Technologies materials scientist and project
manager, Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, the anticipated development and
subsequent research findings have a broad appeal to a wide range of
applications including medical, aerospace, defense and automotive, to
name a few.
The initial phase of the research will center around small-scale
prototypes and feasibility studies focusing on manufacturing processes
and overall technology readiness and is expected to be completed within
this calendar year.
About Liquidmetal Technologies
Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. is the leading developer of bulk alloys
and composites that utilize the performance advantages offered by
amorphous alloy technology. Amorphous alloys are unique materials that
are distinguished by their ability to retain a random structure when
they solidify, in contrast to the crystalline atomic structure that
forms in ordinary metals and alloys. Liquidmetal Technologies is the
first company to produce amorphous alloys in commercially viable bulk
form, enabling significant improvements in products across a wide array
of industries. For more information, go to www.liquidmetal.com.
Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc.
Source: Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc.