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Tungsten Carbide Material Data


Tungsten Carbide

Tungsten Carbide is a chemical compound (WC) containing equal parts of tungsten and carbon atoms. Tungsten arranges itself in a matrix which is similar in design to a chain link fence.  High heat and high pressure force the carbon atoms into the geometric matrix (fence) of the tungsten atoms instead of being joined side by side as with ordinary compounds.

Tungsten carbide, or WC, has a number of unique and impressive characteristics, the most significant being the ability to resist abrasion. It is the hardest metal known to man. Sintered and finished carbide has a combination of compressive strength, extreme hot hardness at high temperatures, and resistance to abrasion, corrosion and thermal shock.

Tough, hard tools tipped with Tungsten Carbide
Tipped tools with Tungsten Carbide are made by brazing the tip segment to the tool carrier with a silver alloy binder. The wettability characteristics of the silver alloy at precise temperatures provides the perfect combination to join the tool and the Tungsten Carbide segment. The results are a cutting tool that is tough and hard and works in a variety of environments.

The machining industry still works intensely with Single Pt. Brazed Carbide tools for applications that do not require the PCD/CBN Precision tools. Consider the cost analysis of the type of tools and the applications for the use of the tool.

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