Apple Tests Carbon Composite for iPad Housing

In addition to investing in the LiquidMetal process, Apple also is actively investigating the potential for carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), the same material used in the Boeing Dreamliner 787. Apple received a U.S. patent yesterday for a fiber-reinforced housing, apparently intended to replace aluminum in the iPad in response to complaints about the device’s weight. The first version of the iPad weighs just 1.5 lb, but the next version may use new materials technologies like carbon fiber to reduce its weight and make e-reading more comfortable.

The patent also covers issues that might create challenges to the design team. These additional claims address issues pertaining to the molding process to create perfect parts suitable for Apple.

[more at Design News]


2 Responses to “Apple Tests Carbon Composite for iPad Housing”

  1. 1 Rob December 8, 2010 at 10:20 am

    This is great! Now Apple can destroy the free market — without all that excess weight!

  1. 1 Apple Explores Metal-Ceramic Composites « IDSA Materials and Processes Section Trackback on April 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

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