Originally Posted by Doctor David
I have a little knowledge(=dangerous amount
) of zirconia from use but not in it's cubic form. Cubic zirconia isnt made from a compound, just pure zirconia.
Wrong. Zirconia IS a compound.
Zirconium - metal. Pure element.
Zirconia - another name for zirconium dioxide. A compound made up of zirconium and oxygen. Available as a single crystal (such as cubic zirconia which is one of the crystal forms) or as a powdered material which is sintered into a ceramic body.
Originally Posted by SockRolid
A Liquidmetal enclosure could be really beautiful and very durable. But it may be too expensive and not recyclable enough. Still, there's hope. If the manufacturing process can be streamlined to make it cost effective, and/or if the materials can be changed to be slightly less expensive Apple can and will use Liquidmetal. (The original Liquidmetal formula includes platinum, which is $1577 per troy ounce as I type, as opposed to gold at $1639 per troy ounce.)
But that is only one of the alloys.
As I've explained (multiple times) before, there are different Liquidmetal alloys including some which are cheap enough to be used in reasonably priced tennis rackets and golf clubs.
Originally Posted by jnjnjn
A liquidmetal unibody. Just like the new MacBook (pro) and Air line.
That's actually not a bad idea. The cost of casting a liquidmetal case would be lower than the machining of a block of aluminum and that would help to reduce the materials cost differential. It might not end up being much more expensive. It would, however, probably be thinner which would leave more space for the battery.
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I read somewhere that the "liquidmetal" process could be used with whatever compound is in cubic zirconia gems... And that the result would be clearer than glass (visually transparent) and be a very hard/strong surface.
I really wish people wouldn't comment on things they don't understand. Once again, learn the difference between zirconia and zirconium.
Cubic zirconia is ZrO2. Liquidmetal is an alloy of various metals (NOT metal oxides). It makes no sense to talk about making Liquidmetal from zirconia.