Materials Review: A New Kind of Metal Grown in Tanks
A new kind of metal that is grown in tanks just might change the way we build forever. Coming from a company based in Seattle called Modumetal, this new type of metal in liquid tanks versus forging it in foundries just may change the invention development process for building all sorts of inventions moving forward.
The benefits of this new type of metal are that it’s light and stronger than steel but can also resist corrosion under extreme circumstances for generations (versus years) without any kind of maintenance. It’s built to last and with this innovation, invention development and quality of are going to be taken to a whole new level.
The best part? The company says that they can produce industrial quantities of this new metal at the same cost as normal steel, making this new material not only better but affordable for companies to use. This cost saving will, in turn, be passed on to our clients in the invention development process, who can then pass on the savings to their customers. It’s a win-win-win!
How it’s made
In this video, Dr. Lomasney explains that the manufacturing process used to create this new material that will help with invention development, which is similar to the process of how samurai swords are made. To make a sword, they layer steel to make it strong but thin. In the making of this new material, instead of layering, Modumetal uses heat and folds the material, again and again, growing its alloys layer-by-layer using an electrochemical reaction inside the liquid tank.
The company claims that these alloys can be used in several industries including architecture, engineering, cars, etc. which will have inventors on their toes innovating in the development process to utilize this new material. In turn, this will only have a positive impact on new invention developments, especially given the low maintenance this new material needs.
The team at MAKO is incredibly excited when new innovations come in and shake up the materials space. New materials like this can change the way we innovate and we can’t see how this will make a positive impact on our planet.
Article Author: MAKO Design + Invent
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