In what was initially estimated to be a $2K – $3K process, Paul Knight used what is likely millions of dollars worth of sophisticated Penn State University science lab equipment to… pimp his iPhone. All due respect of course; the result of his labors is without a doubt the hottest iPhone on the planet. Knight used a $250,000 scanning electron microscope to analyze the iPhone’s elemental composition and did a great deal of research to determine exactly what processes he would use to increase the iPhone’s durability and enhance the wow-factor. The technologies he landed on: TiN and TiAIN; material-coatings that are used to strengthen hard cutting tools, jet engine blades and surgical implants among other things. Knight’s finished product is sleek, sophisticated and extremely durable. His thread is definitely worth reading through if you have a few minutes and some patience. Remember, gen[m]ay is a forum like any other. While you’re busy trying to follow Knight’s time line you’ll be interrupted by plenty of off-topic gems. For example, Knight’s description of the TiN-coating process performed by the "plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition" tool might garnish a response like, "Can iPhones edit Excel or Word documents?" Ahhh forums. After seeing the reaction to his work, Knight has decided to source the process outside of PSU and offer his services to the public. Hit KnightCreations for details on how you can have Paul pimp your iPhone, iPod Touch or 3G iPod nano. No word yet on pricing.
[Via iPhone Alley]