Apple Watch rumor hints it’s time for 3D printing to go mainstream

An interesting thing may be happening inside Apple Watch Ultra; it seems the company plans to poke its toes into the industrial 3D printing of components used inside the device.

The claim at this point remains speculative and comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the company intends to print components out of titanium.

While Kuo doesn’t say it, it’s plausible to think this may involve using Liquidmetal for components. Apple announced a perpetual license for use of these harder than steel and stronger than titanium alloys back in 2010, and a variety of recent patents show it continues working with the substance.

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