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What is the possibility of metallurgy making fictional metals in the future?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (24184points) 2 months ago

Like adamantium, or vibranium?

What new alloys are being discovered now?

Just asking for fun.

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kritiper's avatar

No chance. Whatever could be put together has been. After all, there is just so little, relatively speaking, to work with.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@kritiper We have transparent aluminum now in 2016. From my question in the metal topic on “Are we still creating new alloys?” Scroll down to @LuckyGuys answer at the bottom for the link.

Caravanfan's avatar

Well, transparent aluminum isn’t a metal. It has a metal ion (Al+++) in it, but it’s a polycrystalline ceramic. It’s a much of a metal as sodium chloride is a metal. But transparent aluminum could theoretically indeed be used to transport whales.

Zaku's avatar

Well, I can imagine someone developing an allow (mixture of metals) and brand-naming it to sound like something from a comic book or fantasy setting.

The things described in that kind of fiction tend to be making something up to justify a super-powerful something. And, yes, materials technologists try to come up with ways to make materials with more useful properties, and they need to call them something.

But that’s not the same thing as “making fictional metals”. It’d be coming up with a new alloy or technique, and then branding it with a name from fiction.

Kind of like a kid can pick up a neat stick and say “Look, I found EXCALIBUR!” and then start wailing on their pals with it.

MrGrimm888's avatar

“New” alloys, will continue to be made. Most changes will be in purity, and how alloys are used.
3-D printing, nanotechnology, and ways of manipulating things with magnetics, etc…

I loosely follow some of our higher technologies. Everything is about getting smaller, lighter, stronger, and/or either moving, processing, calculating, or storing information…

The world’s militaries have been, will be, making all kinds of crazy stuff…

flutherother's avatar

Describing a metal as “fictional” means it cannot be created in the real world. If a metal appears in the periodic table, it can, be manufactured and if it doesn’t then it cannot.

The only exception to this rule is the 2 micrograms of unobtanium which went missing while on exhibit at the San Lazaro Institute in Mexico City. There is a substantial reward for the finder.

kritiper's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 What have been the uses for transparent aluminum?
And that was my point. Whatever industry has needed, we have it.

(And, sorry, but I don’t do links. They take too long to download.)

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@kritiper Armored windows, semi conductors.

RocketGuy's avatar

Making materials with fictional properties will probably remain fictional. Making materials with improved properties is going on every day. 3D printing current materials is also improving every day.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@RocketGuy Thanks. I am learning lots on, materials engineering, and metallurgy , on YouTube for free. Just socializing with Jellies.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Try PWA1228, it didn’t exist a quarter a century ago.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Graphine aerogel is a new super material . Can absorb 190 times its weight in oil, and is perfect for moping up spills.

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