Apple Granted a Patent for the Creation of Liquid Metal Screws for devices like Apple Watch and beyond
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Liquid Metal based patent covering the making of superior strength and fitting screws. When you see inventions covering the making of the tiniest parts for an Apple device with such precision, you see the maniacal focus of Jonathan Ive's team in creating great Apple products from the inside out. In many interviews Jony Ive has recounted how Steve Jobs described his father teaching him to make the back of a cabinet as beautiful as the front even though no one will see it. Ive talks about a desire to "finish the back of the drawer" when designing finer details of Apple's products. From these interviews, it's clear that this philosophy of perfectionism is part of the cultural fabric at Apple.
Granted Patent: Insert Casting of Machinable Metal in Bulk Amorphous Alloy (Liquid Metal based) Part
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to methods of machining bulk solidifying amorphous alloy parts to provide, for example, a precision machined connection mechanism such as a threaded passage. The connection mechanism enables removable connection of the amorphous alloy part to a separate part.
The perfect fitting screws that are created using a liquid metal process could be used in Apple Watch and other Apple computing devices. If you want to review the process of making these perfect liquid metal-based screws, see Apple's Granted Patent number 9,027,630 here.
Apple credits Stephen Zadesky, Christopher Prest, Matthew Scott, Dermot Stratton, Joseph Poole and Richard Heley as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q3 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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