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  • Transparent aluminum.

    This sounds interesting.
    I wonder if it can be machined.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DduO1fNzV4w

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    I think it can be. I've been watching to see if it has industrial applications, but I haven't personally seen any yet.---Brian
    Brian Rupnow
    Design engineer
    Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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    • #3
      Don't normal people just call that sapphire or ruby?

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      • #4
        No, it's a new material. Well, semi-new. It's been talked about for 20 years but not produced in volume until fairly recently. This is not a metal though, it's a ceramic... So not probably of much use in a machine shop except for specialty items. And "normal people" would call it aluminum oxynitride, not ruby or sapphire.

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        • #5
          Ah, I looked it up now and indeed it's different. It's sapphire with one third AlN mixed in.

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          • #6
            First the cell phone and now transparent aluminum.

            Star Trek scores again! Pretty soon we will have a transporter in every garage.
            Paul A.
            SE Texas

            And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
            You will find that it has discrete steps.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
              First the cell phone and now transparent aluminum.

              Star Trek scores again! Pretty soon we will have a transporter in every garage.
              I was wondering when someone was going to make the Star Trek reference 🤣!!!
              Robin

              Happily working on my second million Gave up on the first

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              • #8
                I just use graphene... stronger !! Lol.

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                • #9
                  Pretty sure you can make some whale tanks out of it for your space ship. Notice in all of sci-fi how the energy sources are fantastically powerful and portable.
                  25 miles north of Buffalo NY, USA

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
                    Pretty sure you can make some whale tanks out of it for your space ship. Notice in all of sci-fi how the energy sources are fantastically powerful and portable.
                    Computers are now fantastically powerful and portable, maybe energy will be next!
                    Kansas City area

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                    • #11
                      I keep thinking of tank turrets. Driving a battle tank you can't see didly squat on a good day. Wouldn't it be great if the whole turret was transparent.
                      Brian Rupnow
                      Design engineer
                      Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rdfeil View Post

                        I was wondering when someone was going to make the Star Trek reference 🤣!!!
                        The first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was "Beam me up, Scotty!"
                        Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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                        • #13
                          how much 'green energy' is consumed in the making of that stuff?

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                          • #14
                            Funny how we tend to think of Star Trek when transparant aluminium comes up, it also reminds me of Scottie talking to a computer keyboard before realising it was deaf and dumb.

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                            • #15
                              Unless I can order some from the McMaster Carr catalogue,
                              I am not interested in the least.

                              -D
                              DZER

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