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Casting Technology Drives a New Implant

Many in the metalcasting industry are aware that castings can be used as medical implants. They can serve critical functions in artificial hips, knee replacements and various other prosthetics.

But who knew that a casting-supporting technology like filter-making might someday improve our quality of life, as well?

According to Eureka Magazine, the same technology that produces the ceramic filters used when pouring metal castings is now being developed to manufacture titanium foam that closely mimics the structure and behavior of bone material.

What’s more, the foam actually “promotes ingrowth into surrounding bones.” That’s not a bad contribution for one of the oldest manufacturing methods on the planet.


Apple Deal Puts Liquidmetal in Headlines

Apple has recently licensed Liquidmetal Technology’s intellectual property—space-age metal alloys that are as strong as titanium but use one-third of the material as well as scratch and corrosion-proof. The alloy technology has been around for a few years, but the new buzz around the Apple deal is in part due to a prototype casting machine that aims to make producing the parts more efficiently.

The prototype machine is based on a Buhler cold-chamber diecasting machine. The Cult of Mac blog has been covering the news closely. According to a recent article on The Cult of Mac, Apple is expected to use the amorphous alloys for iPhone antennas and seamless gadget cases with holographic logos cast into the metal.
 

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