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Surface of Amorphous Components

From high-gloss to deliberately structured, amorphous alloys are broadly positioned

Amorphous alloys offer a diverse range of properties and capabilities, making them highly versatile for a variety of applications. Their surfaces can be engineered to exhibit a wide spectrum of finishes, ranging from highly shiny to deliberately structured, all while maintaining high accuracy and exceptional quality.

One of the standout features of amorphous alloys is their excellent wear resistance, making them an ideal choice for components subjected to demanding mechanical conditions. Furthermore, these alloys can serve as certified food safe contact material and possess skin-friendly anti-bacterial properties.

Medical Component Hip Implant

Manufacturing components with amorphous alloys allows for the adjustment of surface roughness, and their compatibility with 3D-printing and injection molding processes ensures that tight tolerances can be achieved, even for complex geometries and miniaturized designs. The inherent high hardness of amorphous alloys significantly enhances their resistance to abrasion, while their high elasticity enables them to undergo elastic deformation and subsequently recover their original shape. This unique combination of properties allows for the attainment of highly smooth surfaces, which in turn reduces friction and contact between mating surfaces, resulting in enhanced wear resistance.

In addition to their mechanical properties, amorphous alloys exhibit low thermal conductivity, contributing to a good haptic experience and making them suitable for applications where thermal management (e.g. tool inserts) and tactile sensation are a consideration.

The exceptional properties of amorphous alloys make them an excellent choice for applications requiring precise surface finishes, wear resistance, and compatibility with complex manufacturing processes, while also offering good haptic qualities and thermal management capabilities. Furthermore, the ability to apply post-processing treatments expands the range of applications in which amorphous alloys can excel.

Micro-optics for tool inserts

Explore the diverse advantages that amorphous metals offer in various industrial sectors, as well as their suitable applications

Amorphous alloys in medical technology

The use of amorphous metals offers promising solutions to address the challenges in personalized implant, orthopedic, and medical device manufacturing. With biomechanical properties such as low elasticity modulus and high yield strength, as well as certified biocompatibility, amorphous metals show potential for improved patient care. Applications range from implants in the spine, dentistry, and traumatology to medical devices and surgical instruments.

Amorphous alloys in medical technology
Amorphous alloys in lifestyle products 

New classes of materials are interesting not only because of their uniqueness in high-end watches, but also because of their suitability in the search for materials for future technologies such as wearables. Here, the most sensitive technologies can be efficiently protected in miniaturized space and the housing design can be perfected. Lifestyle components made of amorphous metals are not only highly corrosion-resistant due to their biocompatibility, but also antibacterial and thus enable pleasant skin contact due to their low thermal conductivity and high surface quality. 

Amorphous alloys in robotics and aerospace

In the aerospace industry, amorphous metals offer key advantages for components, including high strength, geometric design flexibility, and corrosion resistance. They are also low-temperature ductile and exhibit good fatigue strength, making them ideal for space applications. In high-tech applications, amorphous alloys solve the limitations of conventional materials by providing high strength and elasticity, enabling the efficient use of elastic machine elements like bending joints, hinges, gripper units, and spring components with long component life and wear resistance.