Tungsten carbide comes in over a dozen different grades and styles. All of these tungsten grades can be used for different applications across various industries, as well. Perhaps the most common type of carbide that has a strong presence in dozens of industries is tungsten drill bits.
Drills bits are cutting tools used to drill into a material to create circular cross-section holes. Though drill bits come in standard sizes, tungsten drill bits are one of the more durable styles because of the material’s toughness. One of the main benefits of tungsten carbide drill bits is its hardness. Tungsten falls between 8.5 and 9 on Moh’s hardness scale (trailing diamonds, which have a hardness of 10).
During use, these carbide bits are attached to a power drill to generate torque and create the perfect sized hole for whatever the purpose may be. One of the more specialized uses for tungsten bits is PCB manufacturing. Because the drilling requires holes with diameters less than one millimeter, solid carbide bits are used to fit into these holes.
Though tungsten is quite durable, it can be expensive brand new. Luckily, the majority of tungsten products have been recycled for industry use. Tungsten carbide scrap remains a hot commodity within the manufacturing industry because of its multitude of uses and its durability.
Because tungsten material is so durable, not only will the manufacturing task be of higher quality, the tools will be in use for much longer due to the hardness factor. By utilizing tungsten bits and other materials, industries can keep their products and tools in use for much longer periods of time and prevent down time during important projects.
Dozens of industries rely on this durable material, which is why it’s more sought after than many other metals and elements. Whether you’re looking to recycle your tungsten scrap or just want to learn more about the various uses of tungsten drill bits, the staff at Tungco can help you with whatever you need. Contact us today!