Engel Hosted Liquidmetal Forum
For two days in mid-January, Liquidmetal was at the focus of the Engel Deutschland Technologieforum Stuttgart. In an exclusive event, the injection molding machine manufacturer Engel Austria GmbH, Schwertberg, together with its system partners Liquidmetal Technologies and Materion Corporation, presented the potential of the new materials and their efficient processing to its customers and interested visitors for the first time.
More than 200 guests accepted the invitation from the Austrian machine manufacturer to visit the Liquidmetal Forum at its subsidiary in southwestern Germany. The forum, which was originally planned to last just one day, was prolonged to last two days because of the unexpectedly high number of registrations. The guests came not only from the territory served by the subsidiary, but from all regions of Germany, as well as from Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain and Sweden. Besides plastics processors, many metal processors also took the opportunity to get to know the new technology and the company. While the injection molding machines, robots and system solutions from Engel had previously been solely for processing polymeric material, the machine manufacturer is now also opening new vistas of quality and efficiency for metal processing.
The name Liquidmetal stands for a group of zirconium-based alloys that have been developed by Liquidmetal Technologies of Rancho Santa Margarita, California. As the exclusive engineering partner, Engel is the only supplier in the world offering machinery and system solutions for the injection molding of these materials. A third partner is Materion Corporation, the material producer and distributor based in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. During the Forum event, the three partners jointly presented the new materials, injection molding for processing them efficiently, and the potential they have for applications.
The great interest among the participants could be seen above all in the lively discussions after the presentations and around the injection molding machine in the technology centre. As a sample component, small flags with a very delicate and complex three-dimensional structure were produced there. The live presentation gave an impressive demonstration of the efficiency of the method and the high precision of the injection molding machine, as well as the excellent surface quality of the products.
After the great success of the Liquidmetal Forum, Engel, Liquidmetal Technologies and Materion are planning further joint events.
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