Apple's patented process proposes a method for forming a mold by 3D printing, and for filling it with a molten amorphous alloy, quenching the metal, and removing the part - a housing for an electronic device.
For all the predictions of “disruption” claimed by promoters of 3D printing technologies, metalcasters (and the researchers and suppliers that support them) have done well by incorporating the principles and various methods of 3D printing into their production processes. Patterns, molds, and cores are formed successfully using additive manufacturing, and die and mold geometry can be repaired or restored, too. But, of course, disruption is hard to anticipate, and some of the ...
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