Consistent with previous posts regarding its purchase of Liquidmetal and investigation of carbon fiber for the iPad, Apple is also investigating use of metal-ceramic composites to reinforce thin lightweight structural housings for personal electronic devices. According to a patent approved on March 22,
“The metal-ceramic composite component may be made of a metal-ceramic composite material containing at least one of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconia and alumina.”
The composite represents yet another step in Apple’s increasing sophistication in materials and manufacturing technologies… and world domination.
[Read more at Design News.]