Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: far east north corner of Texas
If you have watched all the Startrek movies you most likely remember IV where Scotty and McCoy are at this manufacturing firm trying to negotiate a deal for plexiglass. They needed it to build a huge whale tank in the belly of a Klingon space ship and it would have to be 6 inches thick. They had no money so in exchange, Scotty gives the owner the formula for transparent aluminium.
Well, maybe this inspired some people or maybe they were just looking for something but yes, transprent aluminium is now real. The aluminium is powderized and infused with nitrogen and something in some high heat process that fuses the molecular structure. What comes out of the mold doesn't look transparent at first. It has to be polished but the result is definitely a transparent aluminium alloy. Right now the process is very expensive but as this takes off it will go just like graphene has and the cost will come way down.
Early tests show it to be a replacement for safety glass, bullet proof glass and Nasa is looking at it for space glass which has to handle micro meteroid impacts. It is lighter, thinner and much, much harder and stronger than any other glass or polycarbonate or anything we have come up with before.
This is another of the emerging technologies that can have a large impact on our world along with graphene, carbon nanotubes, new battery technologies, scalable home nuclear power plants and nano crystal wireless electricity. The only thing holding us back unfortunately is our government and the greed of power utilities, oil companies and other large wealthy corporations who are vested in old technologies that should have already been obsoleted a long time ago.
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Last edited by macstang; 05-17-2018 at 01:03 PM.