Had you noticed how small amount of metal (or wood, or leather) in casing of some computer or gadget product instantly sparks interest?
We were trained to use electronics enclosed in mass produced plastic. So we crave for original and sturdy materials instead.
- easily formed.
It is natural choice for cheap production on large scale. It is often perceived as fragile but can be quite sturdy – I had lost count how many falls my mobile phone survived.
Still consumer-grade plastic has limited lifespan, especially those kinds that loose color and are easily scratched.
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- boring looks;
- hard to shape.
I had job related to airplane construction. One of colleagues had detail on his table – thin (like few layers of paper) ribbon of metal. I hadn’t ever seen anyone able to bend it even a little.
Such encounter with airplane-grade titanium alloy changed my perception of sturdy things forever.
Plastic may survive a fall but it is metal that enclosures things that need really reliable casing.
It is unreasonable and unproductive to expect metal used for everything where plastic fits just fine. Still being surrounded by fleeting and fragile things created habit of valuing and admiring metal.
Now the last thing we need to learn is distinguishing a bits of shiny and thin marketing metal from real metal that is part of excellent (and expensive) things that last for years and decades.