A fascinating smattering of MetalMiner stories can be classified under “specialty metals” or “specialty materials” — if not specialty, then at least super-niche-y. This year, the award for Niche Metal of the Year goes to GOES (yep, I just wrote that): Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel. Our colleague Jack Taylor has kept his pulse on the GOES market, and his post, leading off the list below, is the #1 most-read MetalMiner piece of 2011:
Our coverage of laser sintering and how it makes use of metallic powder (titanium, for example) got a lot of readership. Is it the future of metals? Only time will tell. For now, though, it makes for interesting discussion.
“Iridium crucible”? Sounds like a marriage of metals and Arthur Miller. But the spike in iridium prices made for fun speculation.