Originally Posted by jb510
Will this quickly or slowly replace all the aluminum or steel components? Can they mill this stuff like aluminum for unibody cases? What is the material cost in comparison to aluminum?
Actually, the cool thing about the alloy is that it can be formed in a similar injection process as plastics making it more versatile for curvy shaped parts.
Cost, from my limited research a few years ago, is much higher than traditional materials such as aluminum, but it is thought that the versatility and strength gained make up for the raw material costs in shorter manufacturing time and less material.
I always thought they would use it for future NASA spaceships, and the like, but I have started suspecting that it deforms at a lower temperature than the materials currently used. Guess there always has to be a trade-off for versatility.