Patent Number: 9,970,079

Title: Methods for constructing parts using metallic glass alloys, and metallic glass alloy materials for use therewith

Abstract: Described herein are methods of constructing a three-dimensional part using metallic glass alloys, layer by layer, as well as metallic glass-forming materials designed for use therewith. In certain embodiments, a layer of metallic glass-forming powder or a sheet of metallic glass material is deposited to selected positions and then fused to a layer below by suitable methods such as laser heating or electron beam heating. The deposition and fusing are then repeated as need to construct the part, layer by layer. One or more sections or layers of non-metallic glass material can be included as needed to form composite parts. In one embodiment, the metallic glass-forming powder is a homogenous atomized powder. In another embodiment, the metallic glass-forming powder is formed by melting a metallic glass alloy to an over-heat threshold temperature substantially above the T.sub.liquidus of the alloy, and quenching the melt at a high cooling rate such that the cooling material is kept substantially amorphous during cooling to form the metallic glass. In various embodiments, the melt is atomized during cooling to form the metallic glass-forming powder.

Inventors: Poole; Joseph C. (San Francisco, CA), Waniuk; Theodore A. (Lake Forest, CA), Mattlin; Jeffrey L. (San Francisco, CA), Nashner; Michael S. (San Jose, CA), Prest; Christopher D. (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: Apple Inc.

International Classification: C22C 45/00 (20060101); C22C 1/00 (20060101); C21D 1/38 (20060101); C23C 24/10 (20060101); B22F 7/02 (20060101); C21D 1/18 (20060101); H01F 1/153 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2022-05-15 0:00:00