MesoGlue - Room-Temperature Metal Glue

Discussion in 'News' started by |||, Jan 14, 2016.

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  2. Tek Everything

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    This is awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on some!
     
  3. iFreilicht

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    Isn't glue used for metal bonding since over a decade? IIRC, nearly every car that was made in the last few years is glued together instead of being welded.
    I might be wrong, but if I'm not, what's so special about this one?
     
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    It's a metal base, not a polymer one. They are using gallium and indium as the two components of the glue in the example they presented. It looks like they also have a friction welding process for joining two metallic objects with their whisker surface prep, as well.
     
  5. EdZ

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    The downside is the need to coat both surfaces with a precise nanostructure (dense spaced pin array). That's not going to be easy.
     
  6. |||

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    Yes, they don't reveal how they achieve the whisker structure on the surfaces. Is it with use of an electromagnetic field? Is it a result of sputtering? It will be interesting to see how much this process costs and if it can be achievable outside a dedicated facility...at least they said they are working on moving it to production, so it is a real thing that has market potential.
     
  7. iFreilicht

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    Ah, I see, thanks for clearing that up.