Press Release

Liquidmetal Technologies and the University of Southern California Team Up to Develop Liquidmetal Sheets for Potential Applications with NASA

By SpaceRef Editor
June 9, 2014
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Liquidmetal® Technologies, Inc. (LQMT), the world’s leading developer of amorphous alloys and composites, and the University of Southern California’s M.C. Gill Composites Center are joining forces to develop an advanced manufacturing process to produce large-scale amorphous metal and fiber laminate sheets for space applications. The work is funded by a NASA SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase I contract addressing solicitation topic number Z2.01, “Cross cutting advanced manufacturing process for large scale bulk metallic glass systems for aerospace applications.”

The primary application for this advanced technology at NASA is to build an outer wall bumper shield capable of protecting spacecraft and satellites from micro-meteoroid and orbital debris. Project goals include developing methods to manufacture thin amorphous metal sheets on a large scale, as well as the fabrication of fiber metal laminates in complex geometries.

According to Liquidmetal Technologies materials scientist and project manager, Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, the anticipated development and subsequent research findings have a broad appeal to a wide range of applications including medical, aerospace, defense and automotive, to name a few.

The initial phase of the research will center around small-scale prototypes and feasibility studies focusing on manufacturing processes and overall technology readiness and is expected to be completed within this calendar year.

About Liquidmetal Technologies

Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. is the leading developer of bulk alloys and composites that utilize the performance advantages offered by amorphous alloy technology. Amorphous alloys are unique materials that are distinguished by their ability to retain a random structure when they solidify, in contrast to the crystalline atomic structure that forms in ordinary metals and alloys. Liquidmetal Technologies is the first company to produce amorphous alloys in commercially viable bulk form, enabling significant improvements in products across a wide array of industries. For more information, go to

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Otis Buchanan
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SpaceRef staff editor.