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Why is Tungsten Carbide the Most Chosen Metal?

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Why is Tungsten Carbide the Most Chosen Metal?

Why Choose Tungsten Carbide?

When it comes to industry, efficiency is everything.  Make the most product at the lowest cost while maintaining ethical practices. Metal tools that are used constantly, all day long can wear out quickly.  This is the reason that the majority of industries have turned to Tungsten Carbide as their medium of choice.

Tungsten carbide is an inorganic chemical compound comprising of equal parts of tungsten and carbon atoms. In its most basic form, carbide is a fine grey powder, but it can be formed and pressed into jewelry, industrial machinery, tools, and abrasives.

So why is it chosen over so many other types of metal for tools and machinery? It is one of the toughest, most durable and reliable metals out there.  With a Young’s modulus of approximately 550 GPa, tungsten carbide is about three times more rigid than steel, and is much more dense than steel or titanium. Tungsten Carbide is between 8.5 and 9.0 on Moh’s hardness scale, meaning it’s almost as hard as diamond. Tungsten Carbide has a high boiling point so it can be used at high temperatures without failure.

Tungsten Carbide is an extremely versatile material that comes in a plethora of different types to give varying properties. With all of these qualities it is obvious why Tungsten Carbide is chosen again and again above its steel counterparts.

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